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‘Propaganda by one party against other’: BJP, Oppn spar over The Kashmir Files controversy

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said that ’it is obvious for anyone to understand that Nadav Lapid at no point denied the Kashmiri Pandit exodus or dismissed it’.

A poster of The Kashmir Files movie. (Photo: ZeeStudios_/Twitter)

Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s remark against the controversial film The Kashmir Files has triggered a political storm. While leaders from the ruling BJP have lashed out at Lapid for calling the film “vulgar” and “propaganda”, many from the Opposition have praised him for daring to speak the truth.

Lapid, who was invited to chair the panel of judges at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) had also said that he was “shocked” and “disturbed” by the film’s inclusion in the competitive section.

Reacting to Lapid’s statement, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said, “It’s true about Kashmir Files. There was propaganda by one party against another. A party & Govt was busy with publicity. But maximum number of killings in Kashmir occurred after this film. Kashmir Pandits, security personnel were killed”.

The Congress attacked the government over Lapid’s remark, calling it an “embarrassment” and saying that hate eventually gets called out.

“PM Modi, his govt, BJP, the RW ecosystem feverishly promoted ‘The Kashmir Files’ A movie rejected by International Film Festival Of India. Jury Head Nadav Lapid called it ‘propaganda, vulgar movie – inappropriate for the film festival’,” Congress spokesperson and head of the party’s social media department Supriya Srinate said. “Hate gets called out, eventually,” she said in a tweet late Monday night.

In a tweet on Tuesday, another Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed said, “International Film Festival Of India Jury President Nadav Lapid calls ‘The Kashmir Files’ vulgar propaganda. In a bid to polarise the people of India, the BJP govt went all out in promoting the movie, resulting in a huge embarrassment for India on the international scale!”

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said that ’it is obvious for anyone to understand that Nadav Lapid at no point denied the Kashmiri Pandit exodus or dismissed it’.

BJP’s Amit Malviya, however, compared Lapid’s condemnation of “The Kashmir Files” to the denial of the Holocaust.

“For the longest time, people even denied the Holocaust and called Schindler’s List a propaganda, just like some are doing to Kashmir Files. Truth eventually triumphs, no matter what,” the party’s IT department head said.

Meanwhile, Lapid’s fellow juror Sudipto Sen has now tweeted the IFFI board’s statement, saying the comments were his personal opinions and not a collective opinion of the group.

After Lapid criticised the film, the country’s envoy to India Naor Gilon slammed him, saying he should be “ashamed” as he had “abused in the worst way” the Indian invitation to him to chair the panel of judges at the film festival.


Condemning Lapid’s statement, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that ‘he should not have used such words’.

‘The Kashmir Files’, which was released in theatres on March 11, was part of the Indian Panorama Section at IFFI and was screened on November 22.

First published on: 29-11-2022 at 13:50 IST
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