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“Political Parties In Kashmir Are Blaming My Film For The Recent Deaths In The Valley”


“It’s Absurd that the Political Parties In Kashmir Are Blaming My Film For The Death Of Rahul Bhat” Says Director Vivek Agnihotri
“It’s Absurd that the Political Parties In Kashmir Are Blaming My Film For The Death Of Rahul Bhat” Says Director Vivek Agnihotri

Khul Ke, a social media platform hosted a RoundTable, “Kashmir Konversations” with director Vivek Agnihotri and eminent journalist Manoj Raghuvanshi, who was the first journalist in the world to do a lead story in July 1989 that terrorism will erupt in Kashmir. Manoj is also known for his interview with Bitta Karrate, the notorious militant who was charged for killing Kashmiri pandits.

Vivek Agnihotri is recently facing immense criticism for his film from the political parties of Kashmir. Talking about the negativity he shared, “It’s absurd that Mehbooba Mufti and the other political parties in Kashmir are blaming my film for the recent deaths in the valley. My film is based on facts and yes unlike the previous films made, I have neither glorified nor romanticized terrorism. It’s really surprising as these people pointing fingers at my film are all well-learned and read individuals.”

He further adds, “Arvind Kejriwal who did not even watch the film, said the movie is a lie. Most of the political parties have shown a negative approach towards the film yet many have appreciated it as well”.

Vivek Agnihotri, who is known to speak his mind goes on to opine, “The destruction of Kashmir can be attributed to the political families of Kashmir, whether it be Mufti or Abdullah. I have travelled a lot to Kashmir and whoever I have interacted with from the waiter serving me, to the local taxi guy, everybody unanimously has blamed the people living on Kashmir’s Gupkar road for the valley’s downfall and destruction”

In his conversation, he also blames certain sections of media for not uncovering the truth and pushing their own agenda in their reportage. He shared, “Certain journalists rose to fame and were almost worshipped by the people in the post DD era, during the advent of new cable news channels. Whatever they reported and showed on television was considered absolute truth and nobody even doubted their reporting. When I once went to IIMC to teach, the journalism students gushed about these journalists, without even an iota of doubt. Even I have seen the news bulletins and reporting by Barkha Dutt and even an aware person like me believed it to be the only truth. However, it is only recently that people have realised, that these are all narrative builders and their narration only pushed their latent agenda.”

Actor Tsahi Halevi had recently pointed out the similarities between The Kashmir Files and his widely acclaimed show Fauda. He was extremely moved by the film and praised the performances. Vivek Agnihotri mentioned that not just Israeli audiences but also the Israeli intelligence has highly appreciated it.

Post the massive reception and popularity of The Kashmir Files, audiences are now eagerly waiting for Vivek Agnihotri’s next venture. Talking about his upcoming projects, Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri mentioned I’m working on two films, of which one is Delhi Files. The second is an extraordinary story that will fill the hearts of Indians with pride for their country.

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