INDIA: The Kashmir Files trailer initiates with an interview of Farooq Ahmed Dar, a.k.a. Bitta (Chinmay Mandlekar). We notice his horrifying persona citing that he will kill his family members without hesitation when asked, which is actively taken from Bitta’s real interview.
We can see Chinmay blinking his left eye only during the interview. Defining the abnormality of Bittas’ persona and how the horror can merely be depicted through an interview is only Vivek Agnihotri’s cup of tea.
Mithun Chakraborty’s persona defines the tragedy of Kashmir
Then we witness DGP Hari Narain (Puneet Issar) mentioning, “hum uske samne maazi ki Koi baat nahi karenge,” to which Vishnu (Atul Srivastava) replies, “Matlab no mention of exodus?” Then Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborty) corrects him: “No, exodus Nahi genocide.” These dialogues among the characters define their narrative, and Mithun Da’s correction clearly states that the true incident was minimized from genocide to exodus, reducing reality to distorted facts.
Then we perceive a few houses on fire, which can be interpreted as a symbol of barbarism. Mithun Da’s dialogue “Kashmir jal Raha hai, khule am Kashmiri Hindu Ka katl-e-am hora hai” carries the weight of the entire scene. This entire dialogue summarizes their helplessness in a tragic time, where the judiciary and law may render to years of injustice faced by them to the present time.
B. K Ganjoo incident
The trailer then cuts to the most horrifying scene, in which we see terrorists firing mindlessly at a rice container. After that, Bitta moves the blood-soaked rice to offer it to someone.
This heinous real-life incident occurred with B. K Ganjoo, a Telecom Engineer. He was relentlessly pursued and brutally murdered by terrorists on March 22, 1990. He might still be alive if his neighbors hadn’t revealed his hiding place to the terrorists. That blood-soaked rice was served to his wife and shoved down her throat.
Darshan Kumaar as befuddled youth
Then we see Pushkar Nath Pandit (Anupam Kher), who is frustrated, quoting Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumaar). “Jah Shiv Saraswati Rishee Kashyapa hue who Kashmir Hamara hai, Jaha Panchatantra likha Gaya who Kashmir Hamara hai, tu Janta hi kya hai Kashmir key bare me” This entire dialogue encapsulates today’s youth, who are delusional about reality and brainwashed by twisted facts.
The trailer then illustrates Radhika Menon (Pallavi Joshi) in a university, where she says, “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India, and this is a historical fact.” This conversation exemplifies her delusory and separatist mindset.
Darshan Kumaar is also seen yelling “raliv galiv ya chaliv,” which means converting to another religion, running or dying. Pallavi Joshi appears to have brainwashed his persona. Later, we see him befuddled and torn between fact and fiction.
Then we hear him say “jab massum ladko ko gadiyo se bandh bandh Kar ghasita jayega, aur unpar rape charges lagaye Jayenge to satye hue log guns hi uthayege sir’’To which Mithun Chakraborty responds, “Kashmiri Pandito ne to Kabhi koi guns Nahi uthayi,” this discourse between them masterfully counters the narrative of terrorism’s justification.
The heroic sacrifice of squadron leader Ravi Khanna
The trailer also gives a glance of an Air Force officer based on squadron leader Ravi Khanna. Yasin Malik brutally murdered him in 1990 by shooting his body 27 times with an AK-47 assault rifle.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Shalini Khanna, Ravi Khanna’s widowed wife, clarified, “Yasin Malik not only murdered my husband but also killed my family members.” My two children were robbed of their childhood. Our happiness was snagged from us in an instant. This terrorist shattered our world.
Shalini Khanna has been fighting for justice for the past 30 years. But, to make matters worse, Yasin Malik was free and hailed as a hero in Kashmir.
When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shook hands with Yasin Malik on February 17, 2006, her condition deteriorated further. About that, she stated, “I didn’t anticipate him to shake hands with a terrorist. He should have understood the difference between right and wrong as a Prime Minister. I felt a tremendous insult to my husband’s heroic sacrifice when Manmohan Singh shook hands with Malik. It seemed as if the entire world was humiliating me, but they were bargaining with him to carry out their Kashmir agenda”.
She was finally given justice. Yasin Malik was arrested in March 2020 with the murder of four Indian Air Force men during a 1990 assault and is currently on trial. He’s also charged with the abduction of Rubaiyya Sayeed. He is currently imprisoned at Tihar.
The Monstrosity that occurred with Girija Tickoo
At the end of the trailer, we perceive Sharda Pandit (Bhasha Sumbli) surrounded by terrorists, and it can be assumed from the scene that she is naked. Her character is possibly inspired by Girija Tickoo, who was gang-raped and brutally murdered by the terrorists.
Sunanda Vashisth, a writer, political commentator, and columnist, mentioned in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council about the injustices faced by Kashmiri Hindus, “I am a member of the minority Hindu community from Kashmir.”, victim of the most heinous ethnic cleansing witnessed in independent India I am here today to speak as a survivor. An innocent young woman working as a lab assistant at school was not as fortunate as I was. She was abducted blindfolded, gang-raped, and cut in half with a mechanical saw while she was still alive. Her name was Girija Tickoo. Her only crime, her faith. Today, I am her voice.”
The trailer brilliantly highlights every actor’s performance that emotionally tears us; their facial expressions define the pain felt by the Kashmiri Hindus.
Being truthful comes at a cost
Despite the brutally honest portrayal of Kashmir, the director is getting threat calls from a particular section of society. After being shadow-banned by Twitter and getting death threats and obscene requests to cancel the release of his upcoming film, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has deactivated his Twitter account.
The Kashmir Files is based on the true story of the excruciating genocide of Kashmiri Hindus in the 1990s. The film is written and directed by National Award winner Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and will hit theaters on March 11, 2022.