Starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Atul Srivastava, Darshan Kumar, Chinmay Mandlekar and Puneet Issar, The Kashmir Files broke all records of success this year. But, at the same time, the film was also full of controversies. The film also courted controversy on the last day of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa.
In fact, IFFI jury head and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid has described the film as a propaganda film. At the same time, he has also called it an ‘ugly’ film. Lapid said this during the closing ceremony of the festival. Nadav Lapid has also expressed surprise to see the screening of this film in the film festival. Nadav Lapid criticized the film, saying that it did not even deserve to be included in the festival’s competition. He said that this film was just for publicity. Nadav said, ‘We were all shocked and upset after seeing this film. This is a vulgar film. This film is not suitable for a competitive section of a prestigious film festival.
After this statement of Nadav Lapid, the film’s lead actor Anupam Kher lashed out at him. At the same time, celebs are also expressing their displeasure on social media, terming his statement as unfortunate.
Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, director of The Kashmir Files, took a jibe at Nadav Lapid’s statement and wrote – “Good morning, truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people liars.
Filmmaker Ashok Pandit tweeted – “Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid has mocked India’s fight against terrorists by calling ‘The Kashmir Files’ an ugly film. He has insulted lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits. This is a big blow to the credibility of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Actor Ranveer Shorey wrote- ‘The language used by the jury to describe a film was very wrong. It smells of politics. Cinema has always been known for films made on issues of truth and change. not to suppress it. Shameful display of political opportunism at IFFI.
IFFI jury head and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s statement about the film nine months after its release has hurt the sentiments of many as well as created a controversy.