The Kashmir Files: The Hard-Hitting Genocide Of Kashmiri Pandits Community Revealed!
The fact that The Kashmir Files took four years to complete is a self-explanatory reason why this film will keep you at the edge of your seat and is expected to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. The film contains close to 700 hard-hitting interviews that are testimonials from the victims of the genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits community that took place during the 1990s. It’s not easy to watch the trailer of the film, let alone the entire movie. The Kashmir Files is set to release on 11th March 2022, and controversies have already started surrounding the film. Recently, the Bombay High Court dismissed a petition to stop the release of the film. It seems like even the country’s judiciary wants the world to take a journey into one of the horrifying incidents in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
The extensively researched film opens your eyes and makes you face the reality of what the Kashmiri Pandits community went through. The film explores many layers of what went untold in the books of history – the politicians who sympathised with terrorists, a press that ignored the harsh reality, the catastrophic effect of religious extremism, the glorification of terrorists and lastly, despite all bloodshed, the courage shown by the Kashmiri Pandits to ‘not pick up arms.’
The very fact that director Vivek Agnihotri did not put any made-up stories or made-up atrocities and decided to put the testimonials of the first-hand victims of the genocide makes The Kashmir Files more raw and honest.
The movie directed by filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri features Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar and Pallavi Joshi in pivotal roles. The Kashmir Files was slated to release in January but got delayed due to the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic. The film’s theme has caught the attention of the masses, and experts predict that The Kashmir Files will prove to be a sleeper-hit just like the critically-acclaimed, The Tashkent Files (2019).
As reported by an entertainment portal, The Kashmir Files has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with an adult-only certificate. The film also suffered seven cuts, although minor ones. One of the scenes showing the Indian National Flag falling on the ground was asked to be removed. The body also asked to remove a scene that features an ex-Prime Minister’s photo in a terrorist’s house. Other cuts include removing the logo of a TV channel, blurring the word ‘rape’, removing the phrases ‘Pandit’ and ‘Hindu’ wherever they were associated with cuss words. Lastly, the university’s name (JNU) has been changed (ANU) in the film. Director Vivek Agnihotri said that the CBFC had asked for more than two dozen cuts in the 2 hours 50 minutes film and that he had to fight it out to keep the essence of the film intact.
The film releases on 11th March 2022, and it needs to be seen to understand, as Vivek Agnihotri says – ‘patriotism doesn’t only have to be at the border.’