The Kashmir Files Honest Review – Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Joshi

The Kashmir Files

The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ based on the historical incident of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits has been released on March 11. Many viewers watching during the special screening of the film directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri are appreciating it.

A new film ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been released in theatres. It has also been directed by National Award-winning director Vivek Agnihotri. Veteran actors like Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar, and Atul Srivastava are in important roles in this film.

The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on the historical incident of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 90s. It is said that they were massacred there to remove the Pandits from Kashmir. According to the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, there were 75,343 Kashmiri Pandit families within the Valley in 1990.

But between 1990 and 1992, more than 70 thousand families left the valley due to fear of terrorists. Between 1990 and 2011, terrorists killed 399 Kashmiri Pandits. In the last 30 years, there are barely 800 Hindu families left in the Valley. In the year 1941, the share of Kashmiri Hindus in the population was 15 percent.

But by the year 1991, the share remained only 0.1 percent. This pain of Kashmiri Pandits being displaced from their motherland and work land is being presented on the silver screen after extensive research.

A special screening was held for Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu ahead of the release of the film, which was adorned with actors like Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty. According to eyewitnesses, when the film ended, many of the spectators present there became so emotional that they started crying while standing in their seats.

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Seeing the atmosphere created in the entire theatre, it was understandable how the pain of Kashmiri Pandits has been presented in the film. The film’s director Vivek Agnihotri also says that the Kashmiri genocide in the year 1990 is an important and sensitive issue in Indian politics, so it was not an easy task to bring it on screen.

According to the film’s director Vivek Agnihotri, their team has done extensive research. Talks have been held with the families of around 700 Kashmiri Pandits, who directly faced this violence in Kashmir. They had to be displaced. 

Giving the film ‘The Kashmir Files 4.5 out of 5 stars, critic Rohit Jaiswal writes, “For me, The Kashmir Files has been the toughest film I have ever done in my entire life. It takes courage to see it. Watch this film only if the audience can dare. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has made the best film of his career.”

Giving 3 stars out of 5, Neeti Sudha wrote, “It is very touching and painful to see the film on the big screen of this dark history of the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. But also important. Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on facts. If we look aside from political leanings, it is heartbreaking to see the brutal atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits in this film, humanity, and the justice system coming to their knees.

In the film of 2 hours 40 minutes, Article 370 on history and mythology are also discussed.

Film critic Sumit Kadel writes, “The most brutal chapter of independent India. In this, the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits was revealed with unfiltered facts. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, this film is a must-watch to know the truth about the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits.

This truth was buried in the pages of the past.” A user Yash Binani writes that he requests the Indian government to make the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ tax-free across the country.

Rahul Roshan writes, “Yesterday saw the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. I understand now why Vivek refused to compare it with Haider during the interview. There are many similarities in both, but despite this, both the films have independent influence, which can be understood only after watching.” Journalist Richa Anirudh writes that the film has completely shocked her.

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