Israeli filmmaker and International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury chief Nadav Lapid has publicly slammed Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files, calling it a “propaganda and obscene film”. He said the jury was “disturbed and shocked” by the screening of the film at the festival.
Lapid said, “All of us were disturbed and shocked by the movie The Kashmir Files. It felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie that’s inappropriate for an artistic, competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel comfortable to share open disfeelings with you since the spirit of the festival can truly accept critical discussion.”
Actually, the Government of India organizes the International Film Festival of India (IFFA). The jury at this year’s IFFI ceremony was Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid. Lapid said this on the Kashmir files at the closing ceremony of the Festival, when several ministers in the Government of India were also present there.
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film is based on the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s. The film was screened in the Indian Panorama and International competition categories. The special screening was attended by Anupam Kher, who also stars in the film.