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Israel Responds After Its Critic Slams 'The Kashmir Files'

Team VC |Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022 - 3:38 PM

Israel Goa Film Festival Jury The Kashmir Files Controversy
Israel Goa Film Festival Jury The Kashmir Files Controversy

'The Kashmir Files' controversy takes a new turn as Israel's envoy to India comments on the issue

Ever since the release of 'The Kashmir Files', the movie has been a soft target for politicians, celebrities, and other people in power. The latest attack on the movie comes from the Israeli screenwriter Nadav Lapid, who lead the jury at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2022. On the last day of the film festival, Lapid termed 'The Kashmir Files' as “propaganda,” “vulgar,” and "shockingly disturbing." The jury panel, on the other hand, disassociated themselves from Lapid's remarks and said he let his personal views do the talking. 

Lapid stated, "All of us were disturbed and shocked by the movie The Kashmir Files. It felt to us like a propaganda and vulgar movie that was inappropriate for an artistic and competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel comfortable to openly share this feeling with you since the spirit of the festival can truly accept critical discussion which is essential for art and life." The statement didn't go down well with Indians as they bashed the film critic on the social space. Director Vivek Agnihotri and lead of 'The Kashmir Files', Anupam Kher, also spoke out against Lapid's statement. 

In the latest, Israel's officials have taken a stance against their critic Lapid. Israel's Consul General (Kobbi Shoshani) and the country's ambassador to India, Naor Gilon have Tweeted in favour of 'The Kashmir Files'. Speaking with ANI, Shoshani said, "Concerning Nadav, we don't accept it. I personally don't accept it. The Ambassador, who was there with me in Goa last night, doesn't accept it. It's his own private opinion. He can say that it's the opinion of the Jury which is alright. But it's nothing to do with Israel."

Gilon stated that Lapid should be "ashamed" of himself. The ambassador penned his thoughts through multiple tweets, “An open letter to #NadavLapid following his criticism of #KashmirFiles. It's not in Hebrew because I wanted our Indian brothers and sisters to be able to understand. It is also relatively long so I'll give you the bottom line first. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. Here's why.” Check out the long threat of tweets by the Ambassador

In his defence, director Vivek tweeted, "Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness." Karthikeya 2 actor Anupam Kher shared a picture of himself from ‘The Kashmir Files’, along with a few from the movie ‘Schlinder’s List', which focuses on the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Anupam captioned the post, “झूट का क़द कितना भी ऊँचा क्यों ना हो.. सत्य के मुक़ाबले में हमेशा छोटा ही होता है..” (No matter how big the lie is… It is always small in comparison to the truth.)

‘The Kashmir Files’ is a firsthand account of the genocide perpetrated against the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. 

Updated date:  Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022 - 3:38 PM

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