The Kashmir Files is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri. It is based on a true tragedy, the emotionally triggering film sheds light on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), a religious minority in the 1990s Kashmir valley, who were compelled to flee their homes by Islamic militants.
The story revolves around Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar), a JNU student, who thinks his parents were killed in an accident as told by his grandfather, Pushkar Nath (Anupam Kher). But the truth is more depressing. He is caught in the middle of two opposing narratives of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus of 1990. One side is represented by the Pro-Azaadi JNU professor (Pallavi Joshi) who is gaining a lot of support on campus for her Kashmir cause. On the other side is Nath, who has been struggling for 30 years to get justice for the exodus, which the professor claims are a sham. After Pushkar Nath’s death, Krishna goes back to Kashmir to fulfill his last wishes and also meets four of Nath’s friends, a journalist, a doctor, a former police officer, and a retired civil servant. They are shocked to know that Krishna didn’t know the true story of his father’s death. The Kashmir Files then becomes a journey of discovering the truth for Krishna. In one of many traumatic scenes, Krishna’s father, hiding in a container of rice, is killed by a local militant. His mother is forced to eat the blood-soaked rice from the same container.
Reaction Of Audience On The Kashmir Files
At Noida’s Wave mall – where young men had raised cries of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Shri Ram” after screening only days before – the reaction of cinema-goers was more varied than it might seem on social media. There were no chant rallies after the show, but there were some surprises, good and bad.
A Twitter user wrote,” The showcases the deep mental & physical trauma. The Kashmiri Pandits experienced & the generational damage it caused. Barely covered in mainstream media, the screenplay and performances deliver a heart-wrenching film. Not meant for the faint-hearted.”
Supreme Court refuses to hear a plea by a Kashmiri Pandit seeking a probe into his father Tika lal taploo’s murder, in 1990. “We are not inclined to hear this plea”, said a bench of Justices BR Gavai and CT Ravikumar to petitioner Ashutosh Taploo.