PM Narendra Modi comments on critics of 'The Kashmir Files'
Vivek Agnihotri's brand new movie The Kashmir Files has taken over the public discourse in the last few days. Centered around the plight of Kashmiri Pandits who were subjected to ethnic cleansing from the Kashmir Valley in 1990, the film is receiving wide support as well as strong opposition. Now, in a rare move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken up about the film.
While addressing Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) parliamentary party meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, PM Modi took on the critics of The Kashmir Files. "The entire jamaat [gang] that raises the flag of freedom of expression has been enraged for the past five-six days. Instead of reviewing the film on the basis of facts and art, there's a scheme running to discredit it," he said.
इन दिनों #TheKashmirFiles फिल्म की चर्चा हो रही है,— BJP (@BJP4India) March 15, 2022
जो लोग 'freedom of expression' के झंडे लेकर घूमते हैं, वो बौखलाए हुए हैं।
एक पूरे इकोसिस्टम द्वारा षड्यंत्र चलाया जा रहा है।
जो सत्य है उसको सही स्वरूप में देश के सामने लाना, देश की भलाई के लिए होता है।
- पीएम @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/nWgq0R9riI
Defending Agnihotri and his creation, Modi noted that the filmmaker has tried to present what happened based upon his research and facts. But naysayers have been conspiring to malign the film. "My concern is not limited to the film. I believe that the truth should come to light in the right way and that it is beneficial for the nation," Modi noted.
Mentioning how the truth can be different for different people, Modi said those who think The Kashmir Files isn't right or factual, should make their own film. "Who's stopping them? But they are surprised that the truth that they kept hidden for so many years is coming out." Notably, Agnihotri, his wife/actor/producer Pallavi Joshi, and co-producer Abhishek Agarwal had met with the PM recently.
It was a pleasure to meet our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi Ji.— Abhishek Agarwal🇮🇳 (@AbhishekOfficl) March 12, 2022
What makes it more special is his appreciation and noble words about #TheKashmirFiles.
We've never been prouder to produce a film.
Thank you Modi Ji 🙏 @narendramodi @vivekagnihotri #ModiBlessedTKF 🛶 pic.twitter.com/H91njQM479
Not only Modi, but The Kashmir Files has found support from chiefs of many states, too. Some states like Madhya Pradesh and Tripura have announced an exemption of entertainment tax on the film. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that he would watch the film along with all his ministers and MLAs. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has also extended support.
Starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar, Joshi, among others, The Kashmir Files has turned out to be a massive hit with the masses. Based on true events, the film has bagged over Rs. 15 crore on its fourth day, as per box office numbers.