'The Kashmir Files': Netizens defend Vivek Agnihotri after lying accusation
Vivek Agnihotri was among those filmmakers whose films have been shortlisted for the Oscars contention list. Agnihotri's The Kashmir Files is one among the 301 films that have made it to the longlist of nominations. While Agnihotri shared this news on Twitter on Tuesday, a Twitter user accused him of lying over the nomination. Meanwhile, netizens came in defense of Agnihotri.
Why does this story matter?
- Agnihotri in his tweet on Tuesday said that actors Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, and Darshan Kumar were mentioned in the longlist of nominations under the Best Actors category.
- Apart from The Kashmir Files, other Indian films such as Rocketry: The Nambi Effect and Vikrant Rona also made the list. The final nominations will be announced later this month.
What did the Twitterati accuse Agnihotri of?
Agnihotri in his tweet said that his film was shortlisted for Oscars in the first list (of nominations) and "is one of the five films from India." Responding to his tweet, a Twitter user by the username of Bodhisattva wrote that Agnihotri was lying, saying that it's "merely 'eligible' to be shortlisted." "Again, this man is a liar," they further wrote in their tweet.
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Netizens came out in Agnihotri's defense
Soon after Bodhisattva's tweet, which received 6,133 likes till the time of filing this report, called out the user for accusing Agnihotri of lying. "I think that's what the word 'shortlisted' means," wrote one user. Another user said, "How is it a lie? All he said was TKF was shortlisted in the first list by the Oscars. Is it not a fact?"
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Another user commented in Agnihotri's support
A look at Indian films in the Oscars longlist
Apart from The Kashmir Files, over half a dozen films have been shortlisted for the first list of nominations. These include Kantara, RRR, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Vikrant Rona, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Iravin Nizhal, Me Vsanatrao, and Tujhya Sathi Kahi Hi. Pan Nalin's Chhello Show or Last Film Show was sent as India's official entry to the Academy Awards.