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Lapid Takes A U-Turn, Calls 'The Kashmir Files' A Brilliant Film

Team VC |Thursday, 01 Dec 2022 - 2:52 PM


Israeli screenwriter regrets how his words were misinterpreted, in 'The Kashmir Files' controversy

After receiving massive backlash for calling Vivek Agnihotri's film, 'The Kashmir Files' “vulgar propaganda,” Israeli screenwriter Nadav Lapid has now reportedly taken a U-turn on his comments and called it a brilliant film. Speaking to India Today, Lapid said, "No one can determine what is propaganda, I accept this fact, it's a brilliant movie. What I have done it's my duty to say what I see. it’s a very subjective way."

He further added that the reaction to his remarks was a cheap attempt to stir up public sentiment and that other jury members also felt the same way, yet stayed tight-lipped.

Lapid apologised and said his aim was never to insult people or their relatives, who have suffered. The filmmaker went on to say that he deeply regrets how his words were misinterpreted. He also said that he spoke on behalf of the entire jury.

At the closing ceremony on the 53rd, IFFI Lapid’s comments on Anupam Kher starrer ‘The Kashmir Files’ sparked a row. He said 'The Kashmir Files' is “crude, manipulative and violent” he further called the film “propaganda disguised as a movie.”

India has very good ties with Israel, highlighting the same Israel's envoy to India Naor Gilon, condemned Nadav's statements. Taking to social media he wrote "As a human being I feel ashamed and want to apologise to our hosts for the bad manner in which we repaid them for their generosity and friendship," he said.

'The Kashmir Files' narrated the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley during the early 1990s. The film, which was released on March 11 this year, did a record-breaking business at the box office collecting close to Rs 33o crore. The film was one of the contenders for India’s Oscar submissions.

Updated date:  Thursday, 01 Dec 2022 - 6:41 PM

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