Mumbai: A Day after Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid termed his film a ‘propaganda’, ‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri in a cryptic social media post said truth is the most dangerous thing as it can make people lie.
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On Monday night, while speaking at the 53rd International Film Festival of India in Goa, Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, this year’s jury head, said he was ‘disturbed’ to watch The Kashmir Files and termed its propaganda. While the film’s lead actor Anupam Kher has termed this statement ‘pre-planned’, Vivek did not refer to the controversy directly.
“GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness,” Agnihotri wrote on Twitter.
Terror supporters and Genocide deniers can never silence me.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) November 29, 2022
Jai Hind. #TheKashmirFiles #ATrueStory pic.twitter.com/jMYyyenflc
On Monday night, while speaking at the festival, Nadav Lapid addressed The Kashmir Files in particular and said, “That felt like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel totally comfortable to openly share these feelings here with you on this stage. In the spirit of this festival, can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life.” News agency ANI reported that the organisers of the festival refused to comment on the statement.
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Actor Anupam Kher, who played the lead in The Kashmir Files, has responded though. On Tuesday morning, while speaking to the media, he referred to Lapid and said, “It seems pre-planned as immediately after that the toolkit gang became active. It’s shameful for him to make a statement like this. Jews have suffered Holocaust and he comes from that community. For him to make such a statement, he has also pained those people who have been victims of this tragedy many years ago. May God give him wisdom so that he does not further his agenda on stage using the sufferings of thousands.”