The Kashmir Files has all the ingredients to go down in the Indian movie history as an iconic and narrative changing movie.
A bone-chilling movie by an experienced filmmaker who knows his craft and who holds the subject dear to his heart is how this excellent movie can be described. Despite the fact that the mainstream Indian film industry, and even Kapil Sharma, have been so dismissive of Vivek Agnihotri and his latest movie, the latter has finally emerged with flying colours.
The Kashmir Files has all the ingredients to go down in the Indian movie history as an iconic and narrative changing movie. Not only because Vivek Agnihotri has an unparalleled story-telling ability, reminding one of someone like Satyajit Ray or Mrinal Sen, but also because this movie has truth and facts on its side.
Those who are not older than 30 years, may be completely unaware of the scale of violence that the Hindus of Kashmir valley, and to some extent of Punjab, have suffered due to religious extremism.
The best thing about The Kashmir Files is that it deals in stark facts and is not too heavy on emotion. It is another matter that the stark facts are so gory and so naked that they may very well shock you.
The facts contained in the movie are enough to make it a must watch for every Indian.
However, there are some stalwart actors to make watching this movie a rare experience for you. Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi will make you grieve for everything that you have till date avoided to think about.
The Kashmir Files shakes your conscience. It makes you aware of the threats that you have been trying to ignore all these days.
The city you are living in too can turn into a Kashmir.
You can ignore The Kashmir Files for now. You cannot ignore the threat looming large over your horizon for too long.
Religious identity can be a brutalizing and dehumanizing force. And a religion can be ominously odious.
You can unsee the facts staring at you. But, you can never escape them.
That The Kashmir Files shakes your out of your stupor is its biggest achievement.
In Jamshedpur, PJP Cinepolis is running six shows a day. Most are housefull.
And even mainstream critics, including Taran Adarsh, are showering praise on it.
Taran Adarsh has called it “the most powerful film on Kashmir and the genocide and exodus of Kashmir Pandits… Hard hitting, blunt, brutally honest… just don’t miss it.”
Coming from a mainstream critic firmly ensconced in Bollywood ecosystem, these words amount to a fulsome praise and it is a big achievement for Vivek Agnihotri. He has done the impossible despite all the hurdles that were put in his path.
Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files is undoubtedly the best Indian movie of the last one decade. Maybe even of the last several decades.
Scholars and experts of varied fields have heaped praise on the movie.
Even J Sai Deepak, the supreme court advocate and a well-known speaker has showered admiration on the film created by Vivek Agnihotri.