Responding to a Twitter user’s post calling for suo moto identification & trial of culprits of the Kashmiri Pandit Exodus in 1990, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has thrown his weight behind the idea that such a process should be the step forward in making reparations to the victims of the incident.
The Kashmir Files has seemingly opened up a can of worms with people across the political spectrum debating, discussing, and dissecting the ‘realities’ shown in the film.
Many claim that the makers of the film have 'distorted' the series of events that actually transpired in order to stoke communal sentiments, while the rest claim that the film has accurately and explicitly depicted the violent circumstances under which the Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee from the Valley.
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The original Tweet by the user seeking a retroactive approach to justice, similar to what happened during the Nuremberg trials after the genocide committed by Nazi Germany, read, “I appeal to judges of Supreme Court of India to order suo moto identification & trial of executors of Hindu Genocide Kashmir Valley 1990. So much evidence now public ordering trial like Nuremberg is their duty.#PMModi #AmirKhan #VivekRanjanAgnihotri”
I appeal to judges of Supreme Court of India to order suo moto identification & trial of executers of Hindu Genocide Kashmir Valley 1990. So much evidence now public ordering trial like Nuremberg is their duty.#PMModi #AmirKhan #VivekRanjanAgnihotri— Bharat Gupt (@bharatgupt) March 19, 2022
Affirming his support of the same, Vivek Agnihotri, replied, “This should be the next step. Can some legal experts advise how we can take this forward?”.
With all that’s said and done, The Kashmir Files has once again thrust the controversial filmmaker into the limelight.
This should be the next step. Can some legal experts advise how we can take this forward? https://t.co/4CQPP9gTe0— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 19, 2022
The unprecedented response to The Kashmir Files is undeniable, with the film steadily entering the Rs 100 crore club at the box office, showing no signs of slowing down. The Anupam Kher starrer has amassed the highest single-day haul of Rs 19.15 crore so far.
A further testament to the success of The Kashmir Files is the fact that it has equalled the day 8 collections of Baahubali 2, having received a theatrical release last Friday.
The film by Vivek Agnihotri claims to show the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in the 1990s.
#TheKashmirFiles creates HISTORY… *Day 8* of #TKF [₹ 19.15 cr] is AT PAR with #Baahubali2 [₹ 19.75 cr] and HIGHER THAN #Dangal [₹ 18.59 cr], the two ICONIC HITS… #TKF is now in august company of ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTERS… [Week 2] Fri 19.15 cr. Total: ₹ 116.45 cr. #India biz. pic.twitter.com/sjLWXV78J9— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 19, 2022
The metrics of TKF’s success were further broken down by film trade analyst Taran Adarsh:
"#TheKashmirFiles creates history… *Day 8* of #TKF [ ₹19.15 cr] is at par with #Baahubali2 [ ₹19.75 cr] and higher than #Dangal [ ₹18.59 cr], the two iconic hits… #TKF is now in the august company of all-time blockbusters… [Week 2] Fri 19.15 cr. Total: ₹116.45 cr. #India biz."
Love it or loathe it, The Kashmir Files has stirred up a lot of noise around it. Have you watched the film yet? Let us know your thoughts on the film in the comments below.