Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: ‘The Kashmir Files’ filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, on Monday, reputedly took a dig at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Jury Head Nadav Lapid for calling the film “propaganda, vulgar” at the festival’s closing ceremony.
Agnihotri took an oblique dig at the remark by tweeting, “GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It could make human beings lie. #CreativeConsciousness.”
Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) November 29, 2022
Lapid had called ‘The Kashmir Files’ a “propaganda, vulgar film”, including that he become “bowled over” to see the film within the competition segment of this prestigious movie festival. A video from the competition went viral wherein Lapid visibly criticizes the movie.
“All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files. That felt like propaganda, vulgar movie inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel comfortable openly sharing these feelings here with you at this stage. In the spirit of this festival, we can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life,” he said during the closing ceremony.
Lapid’s comments did not move down well with many. Actors Anupam Kher and Darshan Kumaar, who played key roles in ‘The Kashmir Files’ alongside filmmaker Ashoke Pandit and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Vice President Abhinav Prakash have been many of the people who condemned the debatable remarks.
‘The Kashmir Files’ released earlier this year in theatres, informed the story of the Hindu exodus in the Nineties, and focused on killings of the Kashmiri Pandits.
The film was one of the maximum-grossing Bollywood movies of 2022, and Anupam Kher received acclaim for his overall performance.