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IFFI Jury Head calls ‘The Kashmir Files’ Vulgar : Fraternity Reacts

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The jury head of the 53rd International Film Festival, Israeli Filmmaker Nadav Lapid, has slammed an Indian movie “The Kashmir Files”. The filmmaker has termed the film to be “propaganda” material and “vulgar”. The head also stated that the IFFI jury members were “disturbed and shocked” to see the film screened at the festival.

The statement

“All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film (The Kashmir Files). It felt to us as a vulgar propaganda movie inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival.” said the filmmaker.

In the same speech, the jury head also stated that he felt ‘free’ to put forth his opinion as it went well with the spirit of the IFFI. “The IFFI can surely accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life”, he continued.

The Kashmir Files: Biggest success of Hindi cinema in 2022

“The Kashmir Files” is based on the mass exodus of Hindu Pandits from the Indian region of Kashmir in the late 1980s. The Vivek Agnihotri directorial earned over 230 crores at the box office and went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema. The movie succeeded in bringing back the audience to the cinema halls when most of the big-budget projects were underperforming in the Hindi film industry.

The movie had an ensemble cast of veteran Hindi actors including Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty. The movie also starred Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumar in crucial roles.


After its release, the movie met with an extremely critical response. Many praised the efforts of the filmmaker to tell a story that had remained untold for a long. However, several others criticized the movie for its one-sided portrayal of the events, many of which were claimed to be factually incorrect by several leaders and individuals.

The movie, which was made tax-free in most of the BJP-ruled states, was called out for its ‘propagandist tone. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah praised the movie.


Netizens have reacted to Nadav Lapid’s statement. Many have resurfaced the criticism of the movie being a propaganda product, while others have strictly condemned the statement.


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