INDIA: The Kashmir Files fame filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri responds to a terror group’s menace on Kashmiri Pandits. Following The Resistance Front, a Lashkar-e-Taiba branch openly threatened Kashmiri Pandits; the National Award-winning director posted a number of tweets on the social media platform.
Vivek Agnihotri tweeted, “If any Hindu is targeted in Kashmir after this, you know who has the blood on his/her hand. Pl save this tweet.”
He also wrote in another tweet, “Pic 1/2: Cause. Pic 3/4: Effect. In less than a week, after Islamist terrorists were given ideological support openly from GOI’s platform #IFFI2022, The Resistance Front (a front of LeT) has issued a list of Kashmiri Hindus to be targeted by its terrorists. Pl save this tweet.”
According to The Kashmir Files filmmaker, the Government of India platform, IFFI (International Film Festival of India), provided “ideological support” to The Resistance Front.
Agnihotri posted the pictures, which featured Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, Mehbooba Mufti (Former Chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir), and a piece of a Blog by Kashmirfight.com, which shared a kill list including the name of 57 Kashmiri Pandits.
Nadav Lapid’s controversial remark on Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files
Nadav Lapid recently created a flood of controversies from his remark on Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files. The Israeli filmmaker, who served as an IFFI jury member at the film festival, stated, “All of us are disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, Kashmir Files, that felt to us like a vulgur propaganda movie inappropriate for artistic competitive sections of such a prestigious film festival.”
Responding to the remark by the Lapid, Vivek Agnihotri shared a video on his YouTube handle, I Am Buddha. In the video, he added, “The film was made after personally interviewing 700 people. Those 700 people whose parents, brothers, and sisters were butchered and gang-raped publicly were they doing propaganda?”
“What used to be a full Hindu land now has not a single Hindu left, and, in that land, even today, Hindus are killed in front of our eyes. Is this also propaganda? Yasin Malik has confessed to his terror crimes and is serving his sentence in jail. Is this also propaganda?” he continued.
“This question arises again and again that Kashmir Files is a propaganda film, which means that there was no genocide of Hindus. So, I challenge every intellectual, Urban Naxal, and great Israeli filmmaker (Nadav Lapid) that if anyone can prove a single dialogue, shot, or event from Kashmir Files is false, I’ll leave filmmaking,” he concluded.
Naor Gilon, the Ambassador of Israel to India, also tweeted, “An open letter to #NadavLapid following his criticism of #KashmirFiles. It’s not in Hebrew because I wanted our Indian brothers and sisters to be able to understand. It is also relatively long, so I’ll give you the bottom line first. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. Here’s why:”
Vivek Agnihotri’s directorial The Kashmir Files has been a center of controversies since its release. Despite its controversy, the film managed to cross the milestone of ₹250 crores at the Indian box office. It also bagged a whopping collection of ₹340 crores on a global level.