The Kashmir Files: Trailer launched,
National award winner Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s tell all tale of exodus of Kashmir valley Hindus is here. The trailer shows the provocations, the horrors and the miserable conditions of terror stricken Kashmiri Hindus.
The film is bound to release on March 11, 2022 and has Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Puneet Essar, Darshan Kumar and pallavi Joshi in lead roles.
Earlier Vidhu Vinod Chopra directed, ‘Shikara’, was released in February 2020, which claimed to show the plight of Kashmiri Pandits but when the film released, it found no echo among the victims of Kashmir valley exodus.
One Kashmiri Pandit woman broke down in the theatre during a special screening of the film because of the gross romanticization and commercialism of the event.
” ye aapka commercialism aapko mubarak ho , as a Kashmiri pandit, I dish on your movie, I dish on it”, she said while in tears.
She further claimed that the makers failed to show radicalism in the valley and gaslighted the Kashmiri Hindus. To this, the director of the film said, ‘Tali bajaiye inke liye’, ‘hum aapke liye part 2 banayenge’, with a smirk on his face. It’s unfortunate that even after 32 years, the Government hasn’t done anything substantial to rehabilitate the victims in the valley again. They say, seven stages of grief Include two most important aspect of grief that are Denial and Acceptance. In Israel, Holocaust remembrance day commemorates the systematic destruction of European Jews by Nazi Germany between 1930s and 1940s.
It’s a mark of acceptance by the world of the horrors that was done on Jews. But in India the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, the native Hindus from the Kashmir valley in 1990s has no such official day. Kashmiri pandits observe the ‘exodus day’ on January 19, they do it every year, to accept the horrors bestowed upon them in the cold winter nights of January 1990, even before that in some cases, by Islamist terrorists in the valley. Failed by their neighbours, the state and the authorities beside them, they had to flee the valley, or be raped and killed. They chose the former.
In 2019, talking to Indian daily ‘The hindustan times’, Anupam Kher, a native kashmiri pandit living in exodus recalled, ”For me it’s not an incident, for me, it’s my being. It’s not like aap kisi kiraye ke ghar par rehte the aur aapko maalik ne nikaal diya. We’re talking about 300-400 thousand people being thrown out of their houses on the night of January 19, 1990. It’s a wound, which will always have its scar. Sometimes the wound heals but the memories of pain don’t go,”
Kher continued, “It’s the resilience of these people that they haven’t gone up or picked up arms and didn’t become violent. They just learnt to cope with the situation. But that doesn’t mean anybody who was thrown out of their houses has forgotten all of that.” Anupam Kher is a prominent voice, a famous hindi cinema icon but he’s also a victim of being Kashmiri Pandit. Nearly 300,000, possibly more of Kashmiri Pandits had to flee the valley and settle in tents in parts of the state and country. Imagine the broken homes, friends left behind, and families broken forever.
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