Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come forward in support of Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’. During BJP’s parliamentary meeting held today, PM Modi not only appreciated the film but also thrashed mainstream Bollywood for running propaganda against ‘The Kashmir Files’ and misusing the freedom of speech in the name of art.
He said, “Such a big event and nobody could make a film until now. The truth was deliberately hidden in this country. When we decided 14th August to be remembered as a day of horror, people had a problem with it. How can the country forget the sufferings during the partition? No authentic film on India’s partition has ever been made. Nowadays, people are talking about the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. The flagbearers of freedom of expression are disturbed for the last 5-6 days. Instead of evaluating the film on the basis of facts and art, they have started propaganda to discard the film. Whatever Vivek Agnihotri felt was true, he projected it to the world. But people are not ready to look at it. They don’t even want the world to see it.”
He added, “I am not here to talk about a film. My topic of discussion is that the truth needs to come out and it is for the benefit of the country and its people. An incident can have many sides. If you think that film doesn’t showcase the truth, then make your own film. Nobody is stopping you. But they are shaken to see how a man has presented the history with facts that was hidden from the country for so many decades.”
This acknowledgement of the horrifying undocumented event by the Prime Minister is a historic achievement for everyone associated with the film. It’s a step towards making things right that should have been corrected long ago.