Mr Sagar Nimbalkar (Special Correspondent of Sanatan Prabhat) reviews the film
May every Hindu watching the film develop loathing for terrorism and get inspired to work for the Nation & Dharma !
What happened in Kashmir on the 19th of January 1990 and thereafter ? Who is responsible for the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus ? Why were the Police, Administration and media useless when law and governance were being contemptuously trampled upon in broad daylight ? Why were the Hindus unable to defend themselves ? How the Government of that time ‘helped’ the genocide ? Who is taking advantage of this barbaric event now ?
‘The Kashmir Files’ is a brilliant film that compels us to search for answers. Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, this film was released worldwide on 11th March 2022.
1. Confronting the reality of Jihadi terrorism
A. The strength of the film are its narration and screenplay, excellent cinematography, brilliant casting, effective direction, high production values a narration that provides exact dates, time and location.
B. The film has put the spotlight on the situation prevalent at that time in Kashmir. The film has succeeded in impressing on the minds of the audience how the friendly fanatic neighbours betrayed the Kashmiri Hindus, how dutiful officers were not allowed to function by the fanatics, Police officers were given ‘Padmashri’ for keeping their mouths shut, the voice of the media was gagged and fake news spread, the embarrassment and agony of the displaced Hindus living in refugee camps, which prevented them from telling their grandchildren the atrocities inflicted by the religious terrorists and the trauma and sufferings of the Kashmiri Hindus.
C. A staggering endeavour and mission make the world aware of the sufferings endured by the Kashmiri Pandits. It has succeeded in awakening anger in the audience towards Jihadi terrorists and their guardians (for example, politicians, incompetent officers, the liberals and seculars, etc.)
D. The film explicitly depicts how a Kashmiri youth is instigated against Kashmiri Pandits in institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It also clearly shows how separatists are supported under the name of ‘Azadi’.
E. Dialogues such as, ‘Today Kashmir is burning; tomorrow the whole country will burn!’, ‘Why are Kashmiri Hindus denied justice ?’, ‘Despite Kashmir being an integral part of India, why was this situation allowed to arise ?’, ‘Why are Kashmiri Hindus refugees in their own country ?’, ‘Why are Kashmiri Hindus not being resettled in the Kashmir Valley ?’, ‘The mainstream Hindus are also responsible for the state of Kashmiri Hindus’, etc., make the viewer introverted. Besides this, the background dialogues and Kashmiri songs add to the poignancy of the incident depicted by the main cast.
2. Outstanding acting by Anupam Kher and his co-actors :
Anupam Kher’s acting in the film deserves acclaim. A Kashmiri himself, every expression and gesture of Kher touched the hearts of the audience, making them empathise with the plight and agony of Kashmiri Hindus. Kher has delivered the best performance of his career. The film’s standard has been further elevated by the performances of actors such as Chinmay Mandlekar, Mithun Chakravarthy, Darshan Kumar, Pallavi Joshi amongst others. They make the audience identify with the film, which makes the viewers cry, applaud a powerful dialogue, chant patriotic slogans and curse the terrorists.
3. ‘The Kashmir Files’ is example of Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s extraordinary valour :
Nobody has dared to produce a film like this so far. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri did not divert from his objective despite the extreme pressure from religious fanatics and the mainstream film industry. In future, Agnihotri even risks being attacked by religious fanatics. He has stayed away from shoving any over-the-top scenes, love stories or songs to appease the ‘masala’ audience. The film highlights the fact that what happened in Kashmir is indeed a genocide ! It gives this grave injustice a voice. Besides cautioning the Hindus, the film attempts to make the non-Muslim population across the globe ensure they don’t face a similar situation.
An appeal to Hindus and a prayer unto the feet of Shri Guru !
Every Hindu should go beyond merely watching, ‘The Kashmir Files’ and applauding Agnihotri’s efforts. A film like this gets made once in a hundred years. It is many times better than any masala film that mints money. The money made by the film won’t go to the actors who support terrorism. I pray unto the feet of Shri Guru that every Hindu watching the film develops loathing for terrorism and get inspired to work for the Nation & Dharma !
– Mr Sagar Nimbalkar, Kolhapur
Poignant moments from the film
1. To save her father-in-law and children, a Hindu woman is told to eat rice drenched with the blood of her husband
2. Murdering Government officials in broad daylight in a marketplace and removing India’s National Flag
3. Fanatical women participating in terrorism and not allowing Hindu women to obtain rationed food-grains
4. Killing a Hindu poet who used to write on Muslims, and hanging his dead body from a tree
5. A young Hindu girl, who was fleeing, was forced to pee in her snack box
6. A well-planned brainwashing of Hindu youth is being done in Jawaharlal Nehru University
7. Not allowing medical treatment to Hindus in hospitals and breaking a bottle of blood donated by Hindu for a terrorist
8. Silent approval of Hindu genocide by then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and Central Home Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, whilst Rajiv Gandhi (then Prime Minister) remained inactive
9. Ripping the clothes of Hindu women in front of people and sawing Hindu women vertically
10. The merciless and continuous killing of 25 people
In the recent past, Bollywood has seen a surge in films that show Hindu hatred and religious fanatics. The so-called critics exaggerate such films and leading media channels broadcast. However, none of these people have voiced their opinion on ‘The Kashmir Files’, leave alone reviewing it. If Hindus decide to boycott such media channels, how will that be unjust !
Some reactions from the audience
1. The film has shown only incidents that normal people will be able to tolerate and have been approved by the censor board. The actual situation was far worse than what has been portrayed. Innumerable and barbaric incidents of gang-raping Hindu women, torturing them in front of their husbands, etc. have been omitted. – Indian Army soldier
2. We Sindhis have come from Pakistan, but looking at the attempt to make Kashmir a Pakistan territory has drenched my heart. Rulers of that period should be hanged to death. – A Sindhi
3. Hindus should learn a lesson from this film. Today, we must decide how friendly should we be with the religious fanatics. The film has raised a question on the very existence of Hindus. We must do something about this now. – Hindu youth
|“The movie is mostly fiction and it is all planned”, Mamata Banerjee said on the floor of the Assembly, as reported by the Economic Times.
“Instead of healing old wounds and creating a conducive atmosphere between the two communities, the GoI is deliberately tearing them apart”, said former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti.
“I have not seen the film; however, the film would cause communal tensions”, said Bad-ruddin Ajmal, Chief of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind for Assam and a former ally of the Congress party.
Vivek Agnihotri to get ‘Y’ category security amid threats
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly provided ‘Y’ category security protection to Director Vivek Agnihotri throughout the country. He will get 8 CRPF soldiers, including 1 or 2 commandos, in addition to Police personnel under the ‘Y’ category security. This action follows an evaluation of Agnihotri’s security danger by Intelligence and other security agencies.
Besides emotional scenes outside cinema halls, the film has sparked controversy over allegations of reduced cinema hall allocations and so-called film critics dismissing the film as propaganda, despite the fact that all of the brutalities depicted in the film are supported by documented evidence.