The Kashmir Files and the 'vulgar' propaganda controversy: Full story in 10 points
While some spoke up in defence of IFFI jury head Nadav Lapid's controversial remarks on 'The Kashmir Files', others have accused him of being insensitive towards the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits
‘The Kashmir Files’, written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is back in the news. The comments of an Israeli director and jury chairperson of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Nadav Lapid calling 'The Kashmir Files' "vulgar and propaganda" have sparked a furious debate. Lapid’s comments on the film came at the closing ceremony of the 53rd edition of IFFI on Monday in Goa. As controversy grew, more people joined the discourse against him. While some spoke up his defence, others have accused him of being insensitive towards the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits.
5) Israel's Consul General Kobbi Shoshani described IFFI jury head Nadav Lapid's controversial remarks as a "big mistake", and added that the comments made by the Israeli filmmaker don't reflect the country's position on the movie.
6) The IFFI Jury Board today issued a statement, saying that whatever Nadav Lapid said about the movie is his "personal opinion" and "nothing to do" with the board.
7) Indian film director Sudipto Sen, who was part of the international film jury, distanced himself and other members from Lapid's statement.
8) "Whatever has been said by IFFI 2022 Jury Chairman Mr Nadav Lapid about the film Kashmir Files, from the stage of closing ceremony of 53rd IFFI was completely his personal opinion," Sen wrote in a note shared on Twitter.
9) 'The Kashmir Files' is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley at the height of militancy in the 90s.
10) The film performed exceptionally well at the box office by minting over ₹330 crore.
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