The CBFC approved The Kashmir Files

The Kashmir Files,’ by Vivek Agnihotri, is leading the news, with responses pouring in from all sides. The video, which depicts the departure of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s, has sparked debate, with the BJP and opposition parties holding opposing viewpoints. On the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and others have praised the film; on the other hand, it has been chastised for portraying half-truths.

So much so that the Central government has given filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri a ‘Y’ level security cover with CRPF coverage across India. Agnihotri has been assigned to the third highest security category in the nation. But did you know that the CBFC approved ‘The Kashmir Files‘ with no cuts, and that Vivek Agnihotri was a member of the Board?

The grief of Kashmiri Pandits has been brazenly utilised to propagate hate, create polarisation, and make crores – just to further the BJP’s mission, TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale posted on Instagram. 

Vivek Agnihotri had disabled his Twitter account prior to the release, claiming that he had been getting death threats. He announced on his Instagram account on February 19 that his Twitter account had been deactivated. He said in an open letter that he was getting “mentally challenging” threatening messages, which was the cause for it.

In various states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand, ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been deemed tax-free.

About the movie, The Kashmir Files is a factual narrative of the atrocities perpetrated against Kashmiri Pandits during the conflict in Kashmir in 1990. It is a genuine account based on video interactions with first-generation Kashmiri Pandit Community sufferers. It’s a truly heartbreaking tale about Kashmiri pandits’ suffering, struggle, and trauma, and it raises important concerns about religion, humanity, democracy, and politics.


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