The Kashmir Files is a new film based on the events that occurred after the uprising in Kashmir in 1989 – 1990.
According to reports, the film shows a factual account of the Kashmir Pandits’ harsh hardships and is based on evidence from the first generation of victims.
It’s a heartbreaking story about the anguish, suffering, hardships, and trauma of Kashmiri Pandits, according to India Today, and it raises important questions on democracy, religion, politics, and humanity.
The film had gotten two opposing reactions depending on the component of the situation they were interested in.
The Muslim community in India has reacted strongly to the film, with some arguing that it is stoking anti-Muslim sentiments across the country.
Many people are calling for a ban on the movie, claiming that it is promoting hatred against Muslims.
The Hindu community, on the other hand, and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have openly endorsed and promoted the movie, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacking critics in response to negative reviews, claiming that there is a conspiracy to discredit the film, which “reveals the truth.”
The Kashmir Files, starring Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Pallavi Joshi, and Mithun Chakraborty, definitely depicted a one-sided tragedy that lacked balance, as though the insurgency’s ramifications afflicted only Kashmir.
The film has been described as propaganda aligned with the ruling party, aimed at stoking the “deep-seated anger” of Pandits, and as being uninteresting apart from the fact that the actions were apparently fun to watch.
The screenplay, while tense, was specifically crafted to incite animosity, and as India Times reported, there were indeed attacks on Muslims in some cities shortly after the film’s release.
BJP-affiliated Hindu Right extremists were observed chanting slogans calling for violence against Kashmiri Muslims and Indian Muslims in general in theaters.
A “Shoot the traitors” (Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maro salon ko) slogan was heard at one point. Some Muslim men who were known to be opposed to the film were also threatened.
With films like The Kashmir Files reopening a wound of catastrophe is possible, it signaled doom for India’s unity, with the consequences extending far into the future.