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The Kashmir Files is a heart-wrenching narrative of the pain, suffering, struggle and trauma of Kashmiri Pandits, seen through the eyes of Krishna, the protagonist. The film questions eye-opening facts about democracy, religion, politics and humanity.

Genre: Mystery & thriller

Original Language: Hindi

Director: Vivek Agnihotri

Producer: Tej Narayan Agarwal , Abhishek Agarwal , Pallavi Joshi , Vivek Agnihotri

Writer: Vivek Agnihotri

Release Date (Theaters): Mar 11, 2022  limited

Runtime: 2h 50m

Distributor: ZEE Studios International

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Gory and violent Indian drama adds to communal tensions.

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Unending violence that's deliberately portrayed in

All the characters are caricatures -- from the sup

Both Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits are portrayed in

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Parents need to know that The Kashmir Files is an extremely violent and controversial Indian drama. The film is designed to elicit strong emotional reactions from the audience. Set within two time periods -- 1989-1990 and 2022 -- Darshan Kumar plays student Krishna Pandit in modern day India, whose ideology…

Positive Messages

Unending violence that's deliberately portrayed in disturbing ways to stir up communal tensions and incite ideas of revenge and bloodlust. The narrative presents accounts that are widely disputed as fact amid claims of propaganda and conspiracy theories. The film's main purpose appears to be to demonize Muslims and the Kashmir community, using a real-life traumatic event in order to completely misrepresent the victims themselves and use their pain to further fascist agendas in India.

Positive Role Models

All the characters are caricatures -- from the supposed left liberal professor Radhika Menon who is allied with terrorists, to the central character, Krishna Pandit, who goes on a casteist, racist, Brahminical Supremacy rant during the climax.

Diverse Representations

Both Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits are portrayed in the worst light possible. While Muslims are demonized and portrayed as depraved monsters, the central Kashmiri Pandit character is portrayed as a gullible and casteist Brahminical Supremacist.

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Graphic images of violence include a man disrobing a woman, groping her, and then cutting her in half as her blood spatters onto the man's face. The body is shown very disturbingly, in full view, being cut in half by an electric saw. Multiple people are shot at point blank range, including children, pregnant women, and the elderly. In one scene, a child is urinating in the back of a truck and spots dead bodies hanging from trees. A Muslim mob leader asks a woman to eat raw rice grains that he has soaked in the blood of her dead husband. Mobs run rampant and set fire to buildings and vehicles. Bombs are thrown at a police car, leading to an explosion. Grown men beat up a child for rooting for the Indian cricket team instead of the Pakistani one. Piles of blood soaked dead bodies of adults and children are shown. An elderly man sexually harasses a woman and asks her to marry him for protection.

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Parents need to know that The Kashmir Files is an extremely violent and controversial Indian drama. The film is designed to elicit strong emotional reactions from the audience. Set within two time periods -- 1989-1990 and 2022 -- Darshan Kumar plays student Krishna Pandit in modern day India, whose ideology is changed when he visits Kashmir and discovers the truth about his dead family. Much of the film's "real events" have been widely disputed, while there have been incidents of Hindu supremacists and nationalists using the movie's screenings to make hate speeches and genocidal calls to action. Families are encouraged to seek out credible news sources and fact-check the film's claims. The violence is bloody, gory, and relentless. In one particularly graphic scene, a woman is sawn in half after being disrobed and groped. Children are beaten and people are shot at point blank range, and humiliated; a woman is forced to eat raw rice soaked in the blood of her dead husband. Language includes slurs that translate to "bastard," and derogatory terms for Muslims and the Kashmir community are commonplace. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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In THE KASHMIR FILES, displaced Kashmiri Pandit college student Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar) goes back to Kashmir to learn the truth about the death of his family members. While there, his late grandfather's friends present the gory details to him. Krishna returns to college a changed man determined to preach his truth.

Is It Any Good?

This controversial drama has been effective in stoking nationalist sentiment and communal divisions in India. The Kashmir Files mixes a tiny sprinkle of real-life names and historical incidents that has given the film far more credibility in the eyes of some than it deserves. It could perhaps best be described as a well-made propaganda movie. Endorsed by the Indian government and leaders, the film has led to people accepting conspiracy theories as fact and casteist notions of the superiority of Brahminical lineage, as well as a slew of copycat biased and misleading movies. It's also incredibly violent -- the scene where a woman is cut in half is particularly disturbing. Viewers are advised to read up on the facts of Kashmir's history and to fact-check all the claims made within the film.

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Families can talk about the violence in The Kashmir Files . Did the violent scenes help tell the story in an effective way? Were there repercussions for those responsible for the violence? Why does that matter? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

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Movie Details

  • In theaters : March 11, 2022
  • Cast : Anupam Kher , Pallavi Joshi , Mithun Chakraborty
  • Director : Vivek Agnihotri
  • Inclusion Information : Indian/South Asian actors, Female actors, Indian/South Asian writers
  • Studio : Zee Studios
  • Genre : Drama
  • Run time : 170 minutes
  • MPAA rating : NR
  • Last updated : August 15, 2023

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Movie Review| Kashmir Files, A limp attempt at provocation

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In 1989-1990, amid a rising insurgency, the demographically-disadvantaged Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley came under threat. As violence and persecution rose, lakhs of them fled their homes to settle in refugee camps.

For over 30 years, they lived in exile, with successive governments doing little for their resettlement. Their cause is raised in political debates and is often left at that. And now another atrocity is visited upon them in the form of a Vivek Agnihotri film about the exodus.

Vivek’s last film, The Tashkent Files, was a conspiracy thriller, culled from vague literature paraded as ground-breaking truths. His latest, The Kashmir Files, opens with an acknowledgment: the film, we’re told, is based on video testimonies of actual Kashmiri Pandit victims.

Attached to this is the disclaimer that the film, set between the 1980s and present times, intends no disrespect to any community or faith. Both statements are woefully compromised. The Kashmir Files hasn’t the slightest concern for its subject people, gleefully exploiting their trauma and tragedy for cheap rhetoric. And its communal agenda is so brazen it beats most mainline propaganda.

Krishna (Darshan Kumaar) is a college student in Delhi. Persuaded—‘brainwashed’ is the implicit term—by a professor (Pallavi Joshi), Krishna is contesting elections on the ‘Kashmir cause’, unaware of his own family’s past. His parents and elder brother were murdered at the time of the exodus—“genocide,” the film corrects us repeatedly.

When Krishna visits his ancestral home, ostensibly to bury his grandfather’s ashes but also to document the region’s current state, he is faced with inconvenient truths—all packaged in flashbacks and released at a convenient time.

From the start, Vivek paints Kashmiri Hindus and Muslims in violent opposition. We are shown killings, desecrations, and senseless acts of pillage and abuse. In evoking this bloodlust, the film gives away its own. The violence isn’t contextualized—graphic provocation is all it’s meant to achieve.

It’s true that Kashmiri minorities were historically persecuted, perhaps in more horrid ways than we see onscreen. But the film doesn’t stop at identifying radical insurgents and fundamentalists as the perpetrators. Every Muslim—from a maulvi at a refugee school to the Pandits’ neighbours—is a villain or enabler. When Steven Spielberg made Schindler’s List (1992), he also picked as his protagonist a conscientious German man, whereas there is not a single moderate in The Kashmir Files.

The film operates by a twisted logic. Here’s a typical exchange. Character A: Kashmiri Muslims are persecuted. Character B: But they also killed Pandits. A: That’s not true. B: It’s true. Remove Article 370. The fact that no conflict is unidimensional, that there can be multiple oppressed groups in a region, simply doesn’t dawn on this film. Rather, it conflates everything: sloganeering and activism with terrorism, student politics with national politics, 20th and 21st century Kashmir with ancient Kashmir.

At least The Tashkent Files had a fun mix of characters. Here, Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty lead the old guard (their angry outbursts made me worry if a cardiologist was on call). Darshan Kumaar looks like any Indian boy who’s stuck in a family WhatsApp group, and can’t leave. Pallavi Joshi is least credible as a shifty prof, saying even the simplest of things with a conspiratorial air. The film is most excited when training its gun on intellectuals and journalists—not so when offering actual solutions to the Kashmiri Pandit cause. “The foreign press exploits images of women and children,” we’re told, in a film full of images of women and children.

The Kashmir Files flips the old commandment: it demands two eyes for one.

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  • Cast: Darshan Kumaar, Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Puneet Issar
  • Director: Vivek Agnihotri
  • Rating: 1/5

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The Kashmir Files Movie Review By A Kashmiri Pandit: The Truth Is So True, It Almost Feels Like A Lie!

Vivek ranjan agnihotri has managed to do what others failed to do in the last 32 years. read the kashmir files movie review by a kashmiri pandit.

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Star Cast: Anupam Kher, Bhasha Sumbli, Darshan Kumaar, Chinmay Mandlekar, Mithun Chakraborty, Prakash Belawadi, Puneet Issar, Atul Srivastava and Mrinal Kulkarni

Director: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri

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What’s Good: Led by Anupam Kher, The Kashmir Files has applause-worthy performances of every single actor, who stars in it. Vivek does complete justice.

What’s Bad: The duration!

Loo Break: Don’t even think about it before or after the interval! It’s a delicate thread that you don’t want to break.

Watch or Not?: Please do! While many of you may or may not know about the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, The Kashmir Files deserves a chance to tell you about things that you don’t know.

Language: Hindi (with English subtitles)

Available On: Theatres Near You!

Runtime: 2 Hours and 50 minutes

The Vivek Agnihotri directorial, The Kashmir Files is based on the real-life exodus and genocide of Kashmir Pandits that took place 32 years back. The plot revolves around a JNU student Darshan Kumaar, who remembers nothing about his childhood. Anupam Kher takes the gut-wrenching film on his shoulders and delivers it, successfully.

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The Kashmir Files Movie Review: Script Analysis

Many filmmakers have tried to tell us the story of the Kashmiri Pandits exodus, but none of them have been as accurate and close as Vivek Agnihotri. Unlike Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s – who’s himself a Kashmiri, Shikara, Agnihotri holds no qualms in showing the brutal but honest gut-wrenching tale. The 2-hr-50-min long film opens with kids playing in the freezing cold of Jan 1990. While the commentary about Sachin Tendulkar’s cricket continues to play on the radio, a couple of Kashmiri Muslim boys hit a Hindu young boy named Shiva (Prithviraj Sarnaik), asking him to shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. Seeing him getting beaten up, his good friend Abdul holds his hand and asks him to run from there and hide. But soon after, we see a huge rally of Kashmiri Muslim youths setting Pandits’ houses on fire while asking them to Raliv, Galiv yaa Tchaliv means either convert into Islam, die or leave Kashmir.

Later we see a couple of terrorists entering Anupam Kher ’s home. Seeing them knock at the door, Sharda Pandit (Bhasha Sumbli) asks her husband to hide in a rice drum. But before that, their neighbours had already told them where he was hiding. Despite her thousands of attempts to stop them, these terrorists enter the store and opened fire at the drum. And it was the next scene that saw my tears roll down my cheeks. To save her father-in-law, Pushker Nath Pandit (Anupam Kher), and her sons from them, she’s forced to eat rice soaked in her husband’s blood.

Fast forward, Sharda’s youngest son Krishna (Darshan Kumaar) is all grown up and he’s a confused JNU student who’s brainwashed by his professor Radhika Menon (Pallavi Joshi). But to fulfil his grandfather Pushker Nath’s last wish, Krishna travels to the valley to keep the former’s ashes at his own home in Kashmir along with his other good friends an IAS officer Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborty), Dr. Mahesh Kumar (Prakash Belawadi), DGP Hari Narain (Puneet Issar) and Journalist Vishnu Ram (Atul Srivastava). This is when Krishna comes to know about the truth and decides to tell everyone about it, in his own way.

I was born in Kashmir but migrated when I was a baby. While our generation has only heard stories, our parents have literally gone through those scary times. To be very honest, the only generation that has suffered is our parents. Most of our generation’s parents got married during such circumstances. Some of the old folks of our community still live in hope that one day they will return to their homeland, while others have passed away thinking about the same. Our parents were just married and had their eyes filled with thousand dreams of a bright future. But even before they could think about it, they witnessed something that changed their lives forever and for the worse.

So who better to watch and judge the story than the victim themselves? I decided to take my mother along and see if she would approve of the film. Guess what? Right from the first few scenes till the end of the film, one thing my mother kept saying was, “Bilkul aisa hi hua tha. Bilkul sach bataya hai. (Exactly the same happened, they have shown the truth.) With 15 minutes into the film, my mother said, “Wait and watch, as this is nothing that you have seen.”

Before the interval, Pushker Nath along with Sharda, Krishna and Shiva, and other Kashmiri Pandits are seen leaving in a truck to Jammu in the early morning without taking any belongings. We later see a lot of dead pandits crucified to the trees and it will make your hearts sink.

Moving forward, these Kashmiri Pandits are seen living in tents at a place called Purkhoo Camp, but guess what an irony could be? I and my family have lived in this migrant camp my entire childhood. Tents were later made in quarters, walls of which were made of plywood. Many of them died within a few days as some were bitten by scorpions and snakes and others couldn’t bear the scorching heat of Jammu.

Even after 32 years of exodus, still, no one has forgotten their motherland and have an undying hope of returning to their homeland.

Coming back, in the climax, the terrorist leader Bitta (Chinmay Mandlekar), stripped off Sharda’s clothes in front of other Kashmiris and later punishes her by slitting her into two pieces using a cutting machine. Mind you all these scenes are not fictional, these are just 10% of what actually happened during the exodus. While watching this, my mother was quick to recall that one of my father’s brothers was also cut into two pieces with a saw right in front of their eyes.

I wish I could tell you more, but I think all the words in the world aren’t enough to describe the pain.

The filmmakers recreating the 2003 Nadimarg massacre scene of killing 24 Kashmiri Pandits will make you leave the theater sobbing and with a heavy heart.

The Kashmir Files Movie Review: Star Performance

Anupam Kher delivers a scintillating performance as Pushker Nath Pandit, who makes it more realistic with his Kashmiri tone. I still can’t get over the scene when he comes to know about his grandson Krishna standing in presidential elections and chanting ‘Azaadi’. He sings a Kashmiri song and tells Krishna that he’s freezing.

Apart from the lead star cast, National Award Winner Pallavi Joshi is one such actor who will leave you spellbound with her performance. Joshi has successfully served justice to her character.

Darshan Kumaar takes your heart with his performance when he learns about the real reason behind his parents’ death. In the climax scene, the actor takes the film on his shoulders but gets lost a little bit during his monologue.

Last but not the least, now we can totally understand why was Mithun Chakraborty cast in the film. Else who would had told us this painful story without telling much?

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The Kashmir Files Movie Review: Direction, Music

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has managed to do what others couldn’t do in past 32 years. His loud and clear vision got him praises from but only Kashmiris but also from those who felt the pain. After showing the truth in the 2019 release, The Tashkent Files, Vivek now asks for justice with The Kashmir Files.

Keeping the real essence Vivek has managed to make our hearts shrink with lovely Kashmiri songs that made me cry aloud in the theatre. Be it Anupam Kher crooning the snow song or the Cholhama Roshey in the saddest version, it is sure to make your eyes moist.

That apart, Hum Dekhenge will also be liked by many.

The Kashmir Files Movie Review: The Last Word

In the climax, we couldn’t help but agree with, Krishna (Darshan Kumaar) when he said, “Kashmir ka sach itna sach hai ki jooth hi lagta hai”. Well, if Vivek Agnihotri directorial will not make you crave justice, I wonder what will?

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Director : Vivek Agnihotri Cast : Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar and others Producer : Abhishek Agarwal Arts & Zee Studios Music : Swapnil & Rohit

The Kashmir Files is a film that has become a hot topic of discussion all over. The film is written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and has been produced by Zee Studios and Telugu producer, Abhishek Agarwal. Starring Anupam Kher, Darsha Kumar and Pallavi Joshi, the film’s collections are growing with each passing day.

The film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus during the Kashmir Insurgency in the 90’s. Based on several real life incidents that the Kashmiri Pandits faced, the film is shown through the eyes of an JNU student played by Darsha Kumar. Anupam Kher plays Darshan’s grandfather Pushkar Nath Pandit, is himself a victim of the exodus, and strives hard to get justice and stability not only for himself, but for his remaining grieving family, and for the community as a whole too.

Performances

Anupam Kher gives a mind blowing performance as Pushkar Nath. The way he speaks the Kashmiri accent and goes about his tense role is amazing. Anupam Kher has done over 500 films but it looks like he has saved the best for this film. The manner in which he interacts with actor Darshan Kumar and the emotional moments they share, Kher is just special.

Darshan Kumar is also very good in the film. Though he gets towered by people like Anupam Kher, he gets a very good scope to kill it in the climax and Darshan is amazing. But the best of the film is Pallavi Joshi who plays her role superbly. Her strong voice, expressful eyes emote a lot and draw your attention into the narrative so nicely. Mithun Chakrborthy is also seen in a key role and is okay but the required impact is not received through his role in a few scenes.

Technicalities

The Kashmir Files is written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri who has made a film like The Tashkent Files in the past. His writing is hard hitting and clearly shows the ideologies of Kasmiri Pandits and also those who want to be on the other side of the Indian border. The best part of Vivek’s story is that he has nicely showcased the role of media, politicians and how they twisted and turned the events in history.

Dialogues are heart wrenching and specially those mouthed by Anupam Kher. The camera work is mind blowing as it shows the beautiful locales of Kashmir and also the terrorists ridden bylanes which reveal so many sad stories. The production values are top notch and every location chosen will take you into the Kashmir valley’s which you have never gone before. Editing is just about okay and narrative feels slow but that is how such narratives about sensitive issues are unleashed. The BGM by Rohit Sharma is haunting and gives you an emotional edge all the time.

The Kashmir Files is the best work of director Vivek Agnihotri. After showing the truth in his 2019 release, The Tashkent Files, Vivek now asks for justice with The Kashmir Files and his work is surely award winning. What catches the imagination is the research that Vivkek Agnihotri has done for the film. There are so many real life incidents induced into this film and the way Vivek has added them in the emotional angle is so good.

Right from the first scene, there are many moments which are disturbing and discomforting. But that is how Vivek has made this film. There are so many painful scenes in the film that engulf you most of the time. Krishna’s father, hiding in a container of rice, is killed by a local terrorist. His mother is forced to eat the blood-soaked rice from the same container. These scenes bring tears to your eyes.

There are also a few historical facts that have been showcased so well. Incidents like The Nadimarg massacre of 2003 when 24 Kashmiri Pandits were reportedly killed is also shown in the narrative. When you make such a hard hitting film, it is hard to take sides. But as the manner in which Vivek shows the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, there will also be a few who will not go along with the narrative and feel too much pain and sorrow is showcased which is not that true.

But in all this, the audience gets to see some hidden facts of the Kashmir issue and incidents which not everyone knows. The film has a serious atmosphere and is definitely an adult watch. But director Vivek Agnihotri makes sure that he narrates the film in a very gripping manner and makes The Kashmir Files a compelling watch.

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The Kashmir Files: Digging into the past to revive tales untold

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Biographies, chronicles or awe-inspiring chapters from the annals of history have always fascinated movie lovers. And, when they are explored through the less trodden path, they become extremely exciting. The Kashmir Files written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri is one such fictional take on the widely disputed and debated topic of the genocide and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s.

The plot trails the path of a Kashmiri youth Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar) who as an infant had to exit from his homeland. He is now pursuing his higher studies in Delhi. Krishna is on exile along with his grandfather Pushkar Nath (Anupam Kher) who had survived the carnage after his son, daughter-in-law and grandson perished in the massacre unleashed by the terrorists.

The narrative pieces together flashbacks of the strife and the present movements of protests to unravel the topic of Kashmir. The early part of the 2 hour-43 minute movie depicts the terror and the insecurity the Pushkar Nath Pandit's community in their home town. Moving back to the present, the story has Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborty) an IAS officer and his wife Lakshmi Dutt (Mrinal Kulkarni), Dr. Mahesh Kumar (Prakash Belawadi), DGP Hari Narain (Puneet Issar) and Journalist Vishnu Ram (Atul Srivastava), who had in one way or the other come into contact with Pushkar Nath way back in the 90s.

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Coming together from different parts of the globe, they rewind a past they had lost the grip of.

Krishna, who so far had been misinformed about how he lost his parents Karan Pandit, (Amaan Iqbal) and Sharda Pandit (Bhasha Sumbli) and his elder brother Shiva Pandit (Prithviraj Sarnaik), gets suspicious about the actual reason when he deciphers some mismatching accounts in the conversation of his hosts.

Krishna represents the ordinary youth confused about what to believe and what not to regarding Kashmir. He is unable to take a firm stand on the issue thanks to half truths and post truths the milieu is fraught with.

When he is briefed about the rights of one side he voices vehemently for it and when stories of the other side is revealed, he stands confused and aghast at the diverse versions of the same event.

Meanwhile, Rahdika Menon (Pallavi Joshi) a professor, acts as the fulcrum of ideologies, which drive Krishna to become a leader who can stand for Kashmiris.

Farooq Malik Bitta (Chinmay Mandlekar) leads the atrocities and despatches relentless tirade against Pandits, which peaks in the genocide.

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An epitome of xenophobia and hatred, he later flips the card and denies all the bloodshed and evil acts masterminded by him.

That our perceptions of the past are founded only on written accounts and hearsay but how far they do justice to the truth is again a subject of debate.

But as a fiction the tale of 'The Kashmir Files' is a gripping one and carries the viewers along the emotional troughs and crests of the drama.

Kashmir is presented in the movie as a paradox of 'hope for a solution that never exists', and the government and the media are slammed for the plight of Kashmiri people. However, it spills one savoury note as something that can salvage any turmoil – love.

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Udaysingh Mohite's cinematography captures the beauty of Kashmir, its cultural hues, the horror of living in the Valley and the eerie pangs of fleeing a beautiful homeland.

Music by Rohit Sharma embraces you softly, akin to the snowy chill of the paradise on earth.

The movie is now streaming on Zee 5.

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The Kashmir Files movie review: A remarkable film that brings out gory truth about Hindu genocide in the Valley

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has done what India has failed to do for 31 years — to show the real face of Kashmiri Hindu genocide

The Kashmir Files movie review: A remarkable film that brings out gory truth about Hindu genocide in the Valley

Thirty-one years ago, 1990 to be precise, half million Kashmiri Hindus were ethnically cleansed of Kashmiri Valley by marauding Islamic gangs. Brutal murders and rapes followed. Even a judge of the Srinagar High Court was shot in broad daylight. While the then Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, completely abdicated his responsibility, perhaps one should say colluded with the gangs, 500,000 Kashmiri Hindus had no option but to leave or stay back and die.

Many died in squalid camps and most moved on with their lives with pitiable scanty support from the Indian government, picking on their lives and hoping one day to go back to their homes — the homes where their ancestors survived six earlier genocides.

Even after 31 years, even after removal of laws that greatly contributed to this genocide, India has no solution to bring them back because it has lacked the courage to face the reality of Islamist fundamentalism and the courage to dismantle terror infrastructure. Worse, their story is hardly ever discussed openly in India even after 31 years, while any minor incident particularly that would portray Hindus in poor light turns into a high decibel campaign.

Filmmakers Vivek Agnihotri and his wife, Pallavi Joshi, have decided to change that. They have done what India has not done for 31 years — to show the real face of Kashmiri Hindu genocide in their film, The Kashmir Files , which is currently screened across many cities in the United States. The breadth and width of its coverage of Kashmiri Hindu genocide in the film even while being gentle to the capacity of the audience to take, is a feat by itself.

This movie could not be possible without enormous painstaking research, but that is only one part of the story; how to take that and weave into a story to tell the truth, nothing but the complete truth in all its aspects, takes skills and one has to deeply admire Vivek and his team on their stupendous work. The movie deeply touches you, it touches a raw nerve, wakes you up from your deep slumber.

The film is the story of Kashmiri Hindus, but is also the saga of all Hindus and perhaps all persecuted societies of the world — whether it is Jews by Christian Germany, Christians in Turkey by the Islamic Ottoman empire, or the native religions of Americas and Africa by Christian West and systematic destruction of Muslims and their countries by Western deep state today. More importantly, it is the story of Hindu India, perhaps the most brutalised societies of the world by fundamentalist Abrahamic religions where according to some estimates 80 million perished; it is the story of how a small community held on to its culture in spite of enormous travails; it is the story of the fountainhead of the most profound Hindu thought that originated in Kashmir that still is a beacon to all humanity; it is the story of spineless Indian governments and their whitewashing attitudes because they lack courage to face the reality.

It is the story of what happens if a society is not prepared to stand united and fight the brutal savages, trying to appease and negotiate with those who have nothing in mind other than your destruction. It is the story of Hindu rulers who have hardly learnt any lesson — from Prithviraj Chauhan releasing Mohammed Ghori and was later killed at the first opportunity, to the current BJP leadership like Ram Madhav who during his recent New Jersey programme boasted that the Centre could attract millions of visitors to Kashmir while it could not get few Hindus to live without fear.

It is the story of our political leadership competing with each other for minority appeasement and pandering. It is also the story of sacrificing our soldiers in the process of eliminating terrorists, but lacking courage (from the administration, judiciary, et al) to get to the root cause of terrorism. It is a continuous saga of death and destruction of the most advanced civilisation which is on its last thread of hope. Either it gears up to survive or be prepared to be perished in the not too distant a future.

The Kashmir Files is a movie that needs to be shown to one and all. It’s a reminder to the threats the Indic civilisation is facing and how it’s time we acted in a more resolute and forceful manner to deal with the threats it is — and has been — facing.

The writer is a US-based activist who has played a critical role in the introduction of paper trail for India’s Electronic Voting Machines called VVPAT. Views expressed are personal.

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The Kashmir Files Review

The Kashmir Files is not an easy film to watch. It makes you realise that if we are alive today, it's a privilege and not something that should be taken for granted, observes Joginder Tuteja.

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When Vivek Agnihotri made The Tashkent Files , the film was a surprise success at the box office. On the basis of word of mouth amongst its target audience, it continued to grow on a day by day basis and eventually not just recovered its costs, but also earned good profits.

Soon after the success of The Tashkent Files , Vivek announced The Kashmir Files and began research on the film, which also included crowd sourcing.

Well, the results are there to see. The Kashmir Files is a 'people's film' more than anyone else's. It's not a fictional tale where a bunch of writers came together to spin a tale.

It's a chronicle of what really happened back in 1990 during the exodus (or genocide, as Mithun Chakraborty says at the film's beginning) of the Kashmiri Pandits and that's what makes the film stand out.

You hear the stories of people by the people, something that is the core strength of this 3 hour film. Considering the material that was in hand, one can appreciate the running length of the film.

It could well have been a Web series, but Vivek chose to narrate the story in a feature film format and that's what makes the length much longer than a conventional theatrical release.

The film moves at a mid level pace where neither are the proceedings way too fast nor too slow.

Be it the opening scene where a young Kashmiri Pandit child plays cricket with the commentary in the background as Imran Khan bowls to Sachin Tendulkar or a sudden incident that occurs when a friendly policeman tries to soothe a worried woman, there are shocking moments galore.

At times, in the name of shocking the audience, some film-makers tend to glorify the violence or make some scenes truly cringe worthy.

In The Kashmir Files , Vivek says things as they are without making the screen look gory or the violence brutal.

Instead, there are subtexts and metaphors that are presented to the viewer with certain moments even left incomplete for interpretation coming into play, resulting in an even bigger impact.

An ensemble affair, the film primarily tells the story of a displaced Kashmiri Pandit family where Anupam Kher -- a Kashmiri Pandit in real life -- is the last man standing and his grandson Darshan Kumar is confused about his identity and what results in him being pushed out of Kashmir.

The one who holds the screen with his towering presence is Mithun Chakraborty, playing an ex-IAS officer fighting the system, who shows what he is made of.

As for Pallavi Joshi as a professor who has her own definition of ' azaadi ' and aims to take her students alongside as well, there is ironic entertainment whenever she comes on screen.

The Kashmir Files is not an easy film to watch. It isn't the kind of movie where you want to munch a bag of nachos and sip that cola while checking your cellphone.

Instead, the film makes you realise that if we are alive today, it's a privilege and not something that should be taken for granted.

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2022 ‘द कश्मीर फ़ाइल्स’ Directed by Vivek Agnihotri

Right to Justice

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 the Islamic militants.

Mithun Chakraborty Anupam Kher Darshan Kumaar Pallavi Joshi Chinmay Mandlekar Puneet Issar Prakash Belawadi Mrinal Kulkarni Atul Srivastava Amaan Iqbal Bhasha Sumbli Sourav Verma

Director Director

Vivek Agnihotri

Assistant Directors Asst. Directors

Ritesh Verma Sameer Shaikh Bhasha Sumbli

Producers Producers

Vivek Agnihotri Pallavi Joshi Abhishek Agarwal Tej Narayan Agarwal Jaya Prakash Rao Dhote Mayank Singhania

Writers Writers

Vivek Agnihotri Saurabh M. Pandey

Casting Casting

Taran Bajaj Amaan Iqbal

Editor Editor

Shankh Rajadhyaksha

Cinematography Cinematography

Uday Singh Mohite

Production Design Production Design

Udai Prakash Singh Krishna Thakur

Composer Composer

Swapnil Bandodkar

Costume Design Costume Design

Khatri Irfan

Abhishek Agarwal Arts Zee Studios

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11 mar 2022, 23 mar 2022, 13 may 2022, releases by country.

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Alan Nair

Review by Alan Nair ½ 23

Such trash. I knew walking into the theater that this will be propaganda-ish but I hugely underestimated the extent of propaganda and insensitivity.

The film begins with a disclaimer (that fades out waaay before you could read) that all incidents in the film have been corroborated with real eyewitness testimonies. From the very start, the film's production feels fake and staged, right from the radio commentary of a cricket match that plays right at the beginning, to the fake-ass headshot CGI at the end. Anupam Kher's performance was good, but that's it. The camera was too disorienting and the editing/narration choices were bland and added nothing to the film. The non-linear narrative was also poorly executed. The dialogues were dull,…

shashwat

Review by shashwat ★½ 18

I was feeling too, too bad for the lady beside me who was sobbing copiously until the end of the first half. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri revisions the Kashmir exodus in the form of a full-fledged Nazi-esque act of genocide with broad black and white archetypes and a mix of acting escalating from downright terrible (Darshan Kumar's good JNU student who doesn't even look like a youngster in the first place) to outright brilliant (Pallavi Tripathi's stylish, poker-faced, real-life Sanghi reel-life leftist 'vamp') is trauma porn at its most exploitative. Uses the pain of an entire community and gets genuinely disturbing to the senses, hence depressing and dangerous in equal measure. At that, it's the most competent when at its most pretentious and most violent.

I was supposed to write about it. Now I simply don't have the energy to do so.

Varsha

Review by Varsha ★★★½ 36

It is quite painful to read the startling negative reviews from people on letterboxd who claim that this film is 1) propaganda 2) unnecessarily gory. Neither of this is true. Infact, let me address the second claim of this film being “extremely violent to a point where it becomes insensitive”: To me, sitting back in your air conditioned theater, watching a movie about real people based on real stories and real incidents and to then call it “too violent” is a stinking sign of privilege. That’s all I’ll say about that.

To address the issue of this being a propaganda film— is the claim of this being a film that explicitly tells its viewers how to feel, specifically about Hindus,…

Hariprasad

Review by Hariprasad ½ 25

director Vivek Agnihotri tells the story of the Genocide of the Kashmiri Pandit Community In 1990 in this film 'The Kashmir Files'. when one decided to make a film on such sensitive topics it needs deep research but Vivek chooses to tell a tale to portray a community in a bad light.

I felt like I was reading a 3-hour OpIndia article, it's nothing but a propaganda tale from the RW gang.

for a few minutes let's assume this is a fantasy tale, this film is filled with bloodshed it's not a problem when the film justifies this many gory sequences but this film miserably failed in all ways, the screenplay was monotonous. and the cast except for Anupam Kher…

Saahil Thakkar

Review by Saahil Thakkar ½ 12

Anupam Kher was also in Rang De Basanti

Look at how far he's fallen.

Film Companion

Review by Film Companion 15

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

Vivek Agnihotri's latest fantasy-revisionist drama, The Kashmir Files, is a 170-minute rant that draws parallels between the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and the Holocaust. A poor appropriation of the famous Schindler's List theme aside, the film reimagines the exodus as a full-scale genocide - where every Hindu is a tragic Jew, every Muslim is a murderous Nazi, where then-CM Farooq Abdullah is a playboy with a golf and Bollywood-actress habit, and where JNU is a university of pseudo-intellectual clowns with sinister connections to the separatist movement. Dramatizing a story of persecution and oppression is not a problem; the lesser-known Children of War comes to mind. Designing it solely to provoke and prey on the insecurities of today is a problem. This is less of an education and more of a defensive political statement and living-room debate parading as a movie.

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: bit.ly/3IlRuop

Rudra

Review by Rudra ½ 4

Please don't kill me but this film is pathetic and unwatchable especially because of its editing, background score and dialogues.

Shashwat Dwivedi

Review by Shashwat Dwivedi ½ 1

this film is every sanghi's wet dream

Madhukar Nandagudi

Review by Madhukar Nandagudi ½

"The principles underlying propaganda are extremely simple. Find some common desire, some widespread unconscious fear or anxiety; think out some way to relate this wish or fear to the product you have to sell; then build a bridge of verbal or pictorial symbols over which your customer can pass from fact to compensatory dream, and from the dream to the illusion that your product, when purchased, will make the dream come true. They are selling hope." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Arjun Rajput

Review by Arjun Rajput ½ 1

who said facts are facts?

NimmUwU

Review by NimmUwU 3

I'll explain my issue with this movie with an example, Me and my friend were drinking tea in our hostel mess while suddenly my friends friend came up to him and said " Broo have you seen the kashmir files, they show how these muslims slaughtered our Hindu brothers". As comical as it sounds the guy said that with a straight face...

CineFeel

Review by CineFeel ★★★★½ 9

a really powerful non linear narrative film.The back and forth kind of screenplay compliments the film.The facts and the horrors Kashmiri Hindus faced those days have been shown very well.Everything is on your face,No dilution.A really brave film the guy who wrote the dialogues deserves a raise the dialogues are quite clever and have meaty political subtext. The politics of the film also seemed very real The only thing i didn’t like was the lacklustre writing of the main lead that is Darshan Kumar,his ideology literally shifts too bloody easily.Yaar maine bhi left se non left banne me like 2-3 mahine toh liye hi the and secondly,sometimes the directed seems kinda confused in how we wants the pitch of the…

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Tigmanshu Dhulia Calls The Kashmir Files 'Bekaar' Film; Compares It To Propaganda Films Of Nazi Era

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In a recent interview, renowned filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia delved into the intersection of political ideologies and cinema, expressing his concerns about the rise of politically motivated films in India. Dhulia, known for his thought-provoking narratives, criticized such films as artistically lacking and aesthetically bankrupt.

Speaking on the Red Mike YouTube channel, Dhulia expressed his disdain for films like The Kashmir Files, Dhulia dismissed them as subpar and unworthy of discussion. He remarked that these movies, driven by political agendas, often sacrifice artistic integrity for commercial success, focusing solely on profit rather than meaningful storytelling.

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He said, "Uss tarha ki filmein? Woh toh bekaar picture hoti hain, kaun dekhta hai unhe, chalti bhi nahi hain (Those films are terrible. Who even watches them)? Sirf wahi chali thi, kya naam tha uska, Kashmir Files. Main inki baat hi nahi karta, bekaar picturein hain sab (I don’t even talk about these films, they’re all terrible).”

Drawing a parallel with the influential Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, Dhulia acknowledged its impact on cinematic history despite its propagandist nature. However, he lamented that Indian propaganda films fail to achieve the same level of artistic merit due to their misguided intentions and profit-driven motives.

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The filmmaker said, “We see directors using their political ideologies as propaganda in their cinema. This is a wide-ranging topic. In India, the sort of films that are being made to promote the kind of politics that we see around us, are aesthetically terrible. Bekaar hain, dekhne mein pata chalta hai. They’re badly made films, first of all. Ideologies aside.”

SEE ALSO: Tigmanshu Dhulia Thinks Mainstream Actors Are 'Terrible'; Says These Heroes Saw India Only Through 'Papa's Shooting'

Meanwhile, Bollywood is currently witnessing a surge in politically charged films like Article 370, The Kerala Files and many more. There are also movies lined up for release like Kangana Ranaut's Emergency and Vikrant Massey's The Sabarmati Report.

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Article 370 movie review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani steal the show in this impactful, engaging tale

Article 370 stars yami gautam and priyamani as the two forces driving this intense narrative. the film informs, educates and keeps you invested for most part..

In 2022, director Vivek Agnihotri hit a nerve when he made The Kashmir Files, a film centred around the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, and depicted the events leading up to it as a genocide, a narrative which was considered controversial and a propaganda by many. The movie also showed its protagonist urging for revocation of Article 370, but that's about it, and it never touched upon the nitty-gritty of what that meant and how it would change the lives of people of Jammu & Kashmir. Also read | 6 movies releasing in theatres this Friday: From Article 370 to Mean Girls

Article 370 movie review: Yami Gautam packs a punch and is terrific.

Two years later, we have Article 370 directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale – an earnest attempt to show the nuances of events that led to the nullification of Article 370 that granted the state of J&K a special status, which has remained a topic of debate since 1947.

Article 370 delves deeper into intricacies of politics

Starring Yami Gautam and Priyamani as the two forces driving this intense narrative, the film informs, educates and keeps you invested for most part. For everyone who is vaguely aware of what Article 370 stands for, its existence and abrogation, but has never really cared to understand its significance or relevance, this 2 hours 30 minutes film is nothing short of an impactfully narrated chapter that delves deeper into the intricacies of politics, and in a much simplified manner, presents an engaging watch for an average viewer to understand.

Article 370 is different The Kashmir Files

Is Article 370 an extension to The Kashmir Files ? To some extent, yes, but from a very different lens, and an entirely different perspective, a refreshing one indeed. The film never resorts to a jingoistic narrative or even slight undertones, neither it tries to enter the propaganda zone. It sticks to stating facts as and when they happened, backed by meticulous and exceptional research, and that's where it truly wins.

Article 370 not only outlines the events, but also but also details them to showcase how the uncontrollable violence in Kashmir promoted the current government to abrogate J&K's special status. I liked that the makers didn't lean on the crutches of patriotic cliches to make an impact instead it chose a hard-hitting narrative to tell an informative tale. Written by Aditya Dhar and Monal Thaakar, the film allows its story to remain the hero for maximum runtime, despite some powerful performances stealing the show throughout.

Adding to the excitement of Article 370 is Priyamani, who plays a crucial character.

The premise

The film opens in 1947 with sepia tone visuals and Ajay Devgn's voiceover, explaining how a part of Kashmir went to Pakistan and how Article 370 came into being. The political action thriller then moves to 2016, when following Kashmir unrest, a local agent and an Intelligence Field Officer Zooni Haksar (Yami Gautam Dhar) is secretly recruited by the PMO Secretary Rajeshwari ( Priyamani Swaminathan ) to spearhead the National Investigation Agency (NIA) operation in Kashmir, uncover conflict economy, fight separatists and corrupt officers, and curb terror situation, months before the abrogation of Article 370 comes into play.

The first half is a slow burn that takes time to build the momentum to set the premise, and the tragic Pulwama attack is thoughtfully used as the interval block. With a more focused approach in the second half, the film gets fast-paced and well-knit, leading up to a fulfilling climax that lasts for an exhilarating 30 minutes. Some of the of the dialogues might sound repetitive of what we've heard in numerous films based on Kashmir, yet there are many portions where some power-packed lines make you laud.

Can't overlook creative liberties makers have taken

The impactful writing is enhanced with a smooth screenplay (by Aditya Dhar, Aditya Suhas Jambhale, Arjun Dhawan and Monal Thaakar) that doesn't move back and forth, and lets key events leading up to the removal of Article 370 unfold with the desired impact. Dividing the film's screenplay in multiple chapters such as The Lover of the Tral, Blindspot, Save The Date, Sub-clause (d) and Was, Is and Always Will Be, further simplifies the plot leaving no loose ends. Kudos to Shivkumar V. Panicker's editing, who has paid adequate attention to stitching the portions in a manner that they weave a story evoking a sense of nationalism and emotions.

Though most of Article 370 is inspired by real events, one can't overlook the creative liberties that the makers have taken, at times, a bit too evident for a viewer to give a pass. For instance, the overdramatic action sequences with Yami and her colleague surviving a grenade attack without being majorly hurt, or NIA investigating suspects in closed doors.

Yami Gautam was pregnant while shooting for some portions of the film.(Instagram)

Yami, Priyamani give equally powerful performance

Yami Gautam packs a punch and is terrific in her portrayal. Her no-nonsense demeanor lends a gravitas to the film and she lets her action and intense dialogue delivery do most of the talking. I particularly loved the parts when she stands up for her fellow men in uniform or confronts another colleague for always jeopardizing her breakthroughs.

Delivering an equally powerful performance, Priyamani steals the show with her restrained yet effective act. Through the length of the film, she remains the calm in all the chaos around. Not too sure how much attention is given to the styling of the characters in a politically-driven narrative but a special mention to Priyamani's lovely cotton drapes - each one of them. Films like Article 370 give you a sense of pride to see two female carrying the entire film on their shoulders with able support of a bunch of men in the supporting cast. One hopes such films serve as an inspiration for more filmmakers to write such strong, driven and phenomenal roles for female actors.

Fitting ensemble cast

Among the noteworthy ensemble cast, the ones those stand out definitely are Arun Govil as the PM and Kiran Karmarkar as Home Minister, characters based on Narendra Modi and Amit Shah respectively. Right from their prosthetics to make them look the part, their dialogue delivery to the whole aura they bring on screen, it was quite a fitting casting. Actors Raj Zutshi, Raj Arun and Vaibhav Tatwawadi, too, lend an able support to the leading cast.

Article 370 underlines one of the most crucial chapters in our nation's history. With an impressive writing, simple narrative and outstanding direction, it effortlessly manages to send across the message it intends to. Film made on Kashmir as the focal theme are aplenty in Bollywood, but this Yami and Priyamani-starrer will surely feature among the best ones out of the lot.

Film: Article 370

Cast: Yami Gautam, Priyamani, Kiran Karmarkar, Arun Govil, Raj Arun

Director: Aditya Suhas Jambhale

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'Article 370' Review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani Shine In Riveting, Nuanced Depiction Of Indian History's Untold Chapter

In 2022, director Vivek Agnihotri struck a chord with audiences with his film 'The Kashmir Files,' focusing on the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Hindus and portraying the events leading up to it as a genocide. This narrative stirred controversy and was viewed as propaganda by many. While the movie advocated for the revocation of Article 370 , it merely scratched the surface without delving into the intricate details of its implications and how it would impact the lives of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Two years later, we witness 'Article 370,' directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, a sincere endeavor to explore the complexities surrounding the events preceding the nullification of Article 370, which bestowed special status upon the state of Jammu & Kashmir, a subject of ongoing debate since 1947.

'Article 370' explores the intricacies of politics in depth

With Yami Gautam and Priyamani at the helm, 'Article 370' delivers a gripping narrative that informs, educates, and captivates audiences throughout. For those vaguely familiar with the significance and abrogation of Article 370 but have never delved into its intricacies, this 2 hours 30 minutes film serves as a compellingly narrated chapter, simplifying the complexities of politics and offering an engaging watch that enables the average viewer to comprehend its relevance with ease.

'Article 370' diverges from 'The Kashmir Files'

While 'Article 370' may be seen as an extension of 'The Kashmir Files' to some extent, it offers a vastly different lens and perspective, refreshing in its approach. The film refrains from adopting a jingoistic narrative or subtle undertones, steering clear of any propaganda. Instead, it remains focused on presenting facts as they unfolded, supported by meticulous and exceptional research, which truly sets it apart.

'Article 370' not only outlines the events surrounding the abrogation but also delves into the details, showcasing how the escalating violence in Kashmir compelled the current government to revoke Jammu & Kashmir's special status.

Penned by Aditya Dhar and Monal Thaakar, the film prioritizes its story as the central focus for the majority of its runtime, although it features several standout performances that captivate the audience's attention.

The core concept

The movie begins in 1947 with sepia-toned visuals and Ajay Devgn's voiceover, detailing the division of Kashmir and the inception of Article 370. Transitioning to 2016, a political action thriller unfolds, following the Kashmir unrest. Local agent Zooni Haksar (portrayed by Yami Gautam Dhar) and Intelligence Field Officer Rajeshwari (played by Priyamani Swaminathan) are clandestinely recruited by the PMO Secretary to lead a National Investigation Agency (NIA) operation in Kashmir. Their mission: to uncover the conflict economy, combat separatists and corrupt officials, and address the escalating terror situation, all in the months leading up to the abrogation of Article 370.

The first half of the film is a gradual build-up, taking its time to establish the premise, with the tragic Pulwama attack strategically placed as the interval block. Transitioning into the second half, the narrative adopts a more focused and accelerated pace, resulting in a tightly woven storyline leading to a satisfying climax that spans an exhilarating 30 minutes. While certain dialogues may echo sentiments seen in numerous Kashmir-based films, there are moments where the screenplay shines with impactful lines that command appreciation.

One cannot ignore the creative liberties taken by filmmakers

The impactful writing is complemented by a seamless screenplay crafted by Aditya Dhar, Aditya Suhas Jambhale, Arjun Dhawan, and Monal Thaakar, which maintains a linear progression without unnecessary back-and-forth movement. This approach allows key events leading to the removal of Article 370 to unfold with the intended impact. The screenplay's division into multiple chapters, such as 'The Lover of the Tral,' 'Blindspot,' 'Save The Date,' 'Sub-clause (d),' and 'Was, Is and Always Will Be,' further streamlines the plot, ensuring there are no loose ends. Credit is due to Shivkumar V. Panicker's editing, which meticulously stitches together the portions, crafting a narrative that evokes a strong sense of nationalism and emotion.

While much of 'Article 370' draws inspiration from real events, it's undeniable that the filmmakers have taken creative liberties, occasionally in a manner that may seem too conspicuous for viewers to overlook. For example, the inclusion of overdramatic action sequences, such as Yami and her colleague surviving a grenade attack unscathed, or depicting NIA investigations conducted behind closed doors, may stretch believability and warrant scrutiny from the audience.

Yami and Priyamani deliver equally powerful performances

Yami Gautam delivers a powerful performance, showcasing her versatility and talent in her portrayal. Her no-nonsense demeanor adds gravitas to the film, and she effectively conveys her character's determination and intensity through her actions and intense dialogue delivery. Particularly commendable are the moments when she stands up for her fellow men in uniform or confronts a colleague for jeopardizing her breakthroughs, adding depth and authenticity to her character.

Priyamani delivers an equally compelling performance, stealing the spotlight with her restrained yet impactful portrayal. Throughout the film, she maintains a sense of calm amidst the chaos, portraying her character with depth and nuance. While the styling of characters in politically-driven narratives may not always receive much attention, Priyamani's elegant cotton drapes deserve special mention, adding a touch of authenticity to her character. Films like "Article 370" instill a sense of pride, showcasing two female leads carrying the weight of the narrative with grace, supported by a talented ensemble cast. One can only hope that such films inspire more filmmakers to craft strong, driven, and phenomenal roles for female actors.

Impressive ensemble cast

Among the notable ensemble cast, Arun Govil's portrayal of the PM and Kiran Karmarkar's depiction of the Home Minister stand out significantly. These characters, inspired by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah respectively, are brought to life convincingly through meticulous prosthetics and compelling dialogue delivery, adding authenticity to the film. Additionally, actors Raj Zutshi, Raj Arun, and Vaibhav Tatwawadi provide strong support to the leading cast, contributing to the overall impact of the narrative.

'Article 370' highlights one of the most pivotal chapters in our nation's history. With its impressive writing, straightforward narrative, and exceptional direction, the film effortlessly conveys its intended message. While Bollywood has seen numerous films centered around Kashmir, this Yami and Priyamani-starrer undoubtedly stands out as one of the finest among them.

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    The Kashmir Files Movie Review: The Kashmir Files is an unfiltered, disturbing plea to be heard. Times of India. Renuka Vyavahare, Updated: Mar 10, 2022, 09.25 AM IST Critic's Rating: 3.0/5. Story: Based on a true tragedy, the emotionally triggering film sheds light on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), a religious minority in the 1990s ...

  11. The Kashmir Files

    The Kashmir Files received mixed reviews upon release, [1] with praise directed to its cinematography and the performances of the ensemble cast; [24] however its storyline attracted criticism for attempting to recast established history [11] [12] [25] and propagating Islamophobia.

  12. 'The Kashmir Files' movie review: Anupam Kher is brilliant in this

    The film could continue to be a talking point due to effective synchronisation of mythology, ancient history of Kashmir, JNU's internal politics, diplomacy of media, Indian Army and abrogation ...

  13. The Kashmir Files Is A Defensive And Dishonest Dive Into The Past

    Reviews The Kashmir Files Is A Defensive And Dishonest Dive Into The Past This is less of an education and more of a defensive political statement and living-room debate parading as a movie Rahul Desai Published on : 11 Mar 2022, 4:33 am Director: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri Writers: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri

  14. The Kashmir Files Movie Review: 'The Kashmir Files' Makes a Compelling

    Review: 'The Kashmir Files' Makes a Compelling Case For Kashmiri Pandits The hitherto unaddressed wounds of Kashmiri Pandits finds a gut- wrenching depiction in Vivek Agnihotri's latest...

  15. The Kashmir Files Movie Review: Script Analysis

    User Rating: The Vivek Agnihotri directorial, The Kashmir Files is based on the real-life exodus and genocide of Kashmir Pandits that took place 32 years back. The plot revolves around a JNU...

  16. Review: The Kashmir Files

    Analysis The Kashmir Files is the best work of director Vivek Agnihotri. After showing the truth in his 2019 release, The Tashkent Files, Vivek now asks for justice with The Kashmir Files and his work is surely award winning. What catches the imagination is the research that Vivkek Agnihotri has done for the film.

  17. The Kashmir Files: Digging into the past to revive tales untold

    The Kashmir Files written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri is one such fictional take on the widely disputed and debated topic of the genocide and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s. The plot trails the path of a Kashmiri youth Krishna Pandit (Darshan Kumar) who as an infant had to exit from his homeland.

  18. The Kashmir Files movie review: A remarkable film that ...

    The Kashmir Files movie review: A remarkable film that brings out gory truth about Hindu genocide in the Valley • March 11, 2022, 09:27:00 IST Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has done what India has failed to do for 31 years — to show the real face of Kashmiri Hindu genocide Advertisement

  19. The Kashmir Files Review

    Rediff Rating: MOVIE REVIEWS Get Rediff News in your Inbox: JOGINDER TUTEJA Related News: Vivek Agnihotri, Kashmiri Pandit, Kashmir Files Review, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar...

  20. The Kashmir Files' review by Film Companion • Letterboxd

    Film Companion's review published on Letterboxd: This review may contain spoilers. Vivek Agnihotri's latest fantasy-revisionist drama, The Kashmir Files, is a 170-minute rant that draws parallels between the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and the Holocaust. A poor appropriation of the famous Schindler's List theme aside, the film reimagines the ...

  21. The Kashmir Files Movie: Review

    Read More The Kashmir Files news and music reviews (2022). Find out what is The Kashmir Files box office collection till now. Download HD images, photos, wallpapers of The Kashmir Files movie.

  22. ‎The Kashmir Files (2022) directed by Vivek Agnihotri • Reviews, film

    It is quite painful to read the startling negative reviews from people on letterboxd who claim that this film is 1) propaganda 2) unnecessarily gory. Neither of this is true. Infact, let me address the second claim of this film being "extremely violent to a point where it becomes insensitive": To me, sitting back in your air conditioned ...

  23. 'Article 370' movie review: Yami Gautam steers this explainer on the

    'The Kashmir Files' movie review: A disturbing take which grips and gripes in turns But in its effort to demonise the Kashmiri leadership, the film reveals a lot about their erstwhile friends ...

  24. The Kashmir Files Review

    The Kashmir Files film succeeds in its mission to show ... In this video, sham gives a SPOILER-FREE review of The Kashmir Files by Vivek Agnihotri( @IAmBuddha).

  25. Tigmanshu Dhulia Calls The Kashmir Files 'Bekaar' Film; Compares It To

    Sirf wahi chali thi, kya naam tha uska, Kashmir Files. Main inki baat hi nahi karta, bekaar picturein hain sab (I don't even talk about these films, they're all terrible)." Drawing a parallel with the influential Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, Dhulia acknowledged its impact on cinematic history despite its propagandist nature.

  26. Article 370 movie review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani steal the show in

    In 2022, director Vivek Agnihotri hit a nerve when he made The Kashmir Files, a film centred around the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, and depicted the events leading up to it as a genocide, a ...

  27. 'Article 370' Review: Yami Gautam, Priyamani Shine In Riveting ...

    In 2022, director Vivek Agnihotri struck a chord with audiences with his film 'The Kashmir Files,' focusing on the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Hindus and portraying the events leading up to it as a ...

  28. Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia critiques politically driven Indian films

    Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia criticizes politically driven Indian films like 'The Kashmir Files,' comparing them to Nazi propaganda. He emphasizes the importance of filmmakers having a clear ...