Many from the Opposition have praised Israeli filmmaker and IFFI jury head Nadav Lapid’s remark against the controversial film The Kashmir Files for “daring to speak the truth.”
The Congress, key Opposition party, attacked the Union government over Lapid’s remark, calling it an “embarrassment” and saying that hate eventually gets called out.
“PM Modi, his govt, BJP, the RW ecosystem feverishly promoted ‘The Kashmir Files’ A movie rejected by International Film Festival Of India. Jury Head Nadav Lapid called it ‘propaganda, vulgar movie – inappropriate for the film festival’,” Congress spokesperson Supriya Srinate said.
“Hate gets called out, eventually,” she said in a tweet.
“International Film Festival Of India Jury President Nadav Lapid calls ‘The Kashmir Files’ vulgar propaganda. In a bid to polarise the people of India, the BJP govt went all out in promoting the movie, resulting in a huge embarrassment for India on the international scale!” read another tweet by Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said, “It’s true about Kashmir Files. There was propaganda by one party against another. A party & Govt was busy with publicity. But maximum number of killings in Kashmir occurred after this film. Kashmir Pandits, security personnel were killed”.
‘The Kashmir Files’, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hindu nationalist followers while was flagged by critics and Muslim groups for its hatred towards Muslims.
IFFI Jury head and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid had Monday said the jurors at the film festival were “disturbed and shocked” by ‘The Kashmir Files’. “That felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival,” he said.