The Kashmir Files Review
Many a time film makers who claimed that they are making a movie based on history, have twisted it to suit their commercial aspirations or have made a shallow attempt just to mint money from a historical incident. Only rarely do we see a honest attempt at portraying history. The Kashmir Files is one such rare film. It portrays the trials and tribulations of Kashmir Pandits post Kashmir insurgency in 1990.
The Kashmir Files depicts the widespread attacks, arson, rape and abuse of Kashmir Hindus during Kashmir Insurgency. Already Madhya Pradesh and Haryana state governments have given tax rebate for Kashmir Files movie and more BJP ruled states may follow. Vivek Agnihotri, who had earlier come up with critically acclaimed Tashkent Files, has directed The Kashmir Files. Therefore it has been able to attract attention.
Discussing about the story, Kashmir Files focused on depicting the atrocities, attacks and killing of Hindus by Pakistan sponsored terror elements in Kashmir valley in 1990. The atrocities committed by terror elements were so heinous and cruel that women were paraded without clothes, they were gangraped, men who protested were killed on spot. As there was no action from Indian government or local officials to save them, Kashmir Hindus fled valley to save lives leaving all their properties and belongings in the valley. This whole episode has become a blackspot in the history of India and displaced lakhs of Kashmiri Hindu families. The nightmares of Kashmir Insurgency still haunt Kashmir Hindus.
The struggles and pain undergone by millions of Kashmir Pandits families has been portrayed through Pushkarnath Pandit’s (Anupam Kher) family in the movie. How Government and officials have mutely witnessed the attacks on Hindus was shown through the characters of Brahma Dutt, an IAS officer (Mithun Chakraborty) and DGP Harinarayan (Puneeth Issar). Pallavi Joshi plays the role of Prof Radhika Menon, a pseudo secular and Left intellectual. She tries to downplay one of the gruesome and cruel genocides. Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar) appears as a young Kashmir Pandit, who does not know about what his parents went through in 1990s and who has forgotten the injustice meted out to their community. Director Vivek Agnihotri tries to depict the story of three generations of Kashmir Hindus, interlinking these main characters. He has succeeded in depicting the pain and loss Kashmir Hindus experienced through his realistic and engaging narration.
Director Vivek Agnihotri should be appreciated for taking up a sensitive topic like Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmir Insurgency and depicting it daringly without any suger coating. This movie might raise certain uncomfortable questions, but it will also win the support of many people, who want their side of truth, which was neglected by media and people in power all these days, to be told.
Vivek Agnihotri has narrated the whole movie in a realistic manner and did not go for any cinematic treatment or liberties. Though at times it appears bit slow and almost takes a documentary format, can be accepted as audience will feel it as an honest attempt. Audience interested in Indian politics and Kashmir issues will find this movie interesting.
The Kashmir Files Review