On Monday, Israeli filmmaker and IFFI jury head, Nadav Lapid criticized Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files. During the closing ceremony, Lapid stated that he was disturbed and shocked by the movie The Kashmir Files. He further called Kashmir Files a “propaganda, vulgar movie”. Reacting to the same Kashmir Files actor Anupam Kher recently slammed Nadav Lapid for “sabotaging” his film.
In a statement, Anupam Kher said, “If the holocaust is right, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits is right too.” He added, “It’s shameful for him to make a statement like this. Jews have suffered the holocaust and he comes from that community.” Actor Anupam Kher also shared his response on his Twitter and wrote, “No matter how big the lie may seem, it always falls small in front of the truth”.
Apart from Anupam Kher, Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri also reacted to the controversy with a cryptic response. Taking to his Twitter Vivek wrote, “GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness,”
IFFI Head Nadav Lapid’s Statement On Kashmir Files
During the closing ceremony, IFFI jury head Nadav Lapid spoke on the behalf of the jury and said, “Usually, I don’t read from paper. This time, I want to be precise. I want to thank the director and head of the programming of the festival for its cinematic richness, diversity, and complexity. There were 15 films in the international competition. Fourteen out of them had cinematic qualities…and evoked vivid discussions. We were, all of us, disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files. That felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival.”
He added, “I feel totally comfortable to share openly these feelings here with you on stage since the spirit that we felt in the festival can surely accept a critical discussion which is essential for art and life,”