5 minutes ago
A major controversy erupted at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa when the jury chairman of the festival, Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, termed ‘The Kashmir Files’ as propaganda and an obscene film.
Monday was the closing ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India and before the announcement of the selected films, Nadav Lapid was called on stage.
Lapid said, “We saw seven films in the Debut Competition and 15 films in the International Competition. Of these, 14 films were of cinematic quality and created a great deal of debate. Looked like propaganda and pornographic film. Which was unfit for artistic competition of such a prestigious film festival.”
In his speech, he said, “I feel completely comfortable sharing my feelings openly from this platform. Because the spirit of this festival can certainly accept serious debate, which is necessary for art and life.” .”
Before starting his speech, Lapid said that he usually does not give a written speech, but this time he will “read a written speech because he wants to convey his point with precision”.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur was also present in this ceremony.
Before the ceremony, Anurag Thakur said in an interview, “I like to watch the best films and try to make the best films.”
uproar on social media
Various reactions are coming on social media regarding Lapid’s speech.
A user named Jyo Jeet tweeted, “His comment is an insult to the victims of genocide and hurts the sentiments of Indians.”
TRS’s social media convenor Y Satheesh Reddy tweeted, “BJP succeeded in tarnishing India’s brand globally.”
Who is Nadav Lapid?
Nadav Lapid is an Israeli film maker and he was made the chairman of the jury.
Born in 1975 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nadav Lapid studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University. After going into military service, Lapid went to Paris for some time.
Lapid later returned to Israel and earned a degree from the Film and Television School in Jerusalem.
Lupid’s notable films, which won the Golden Bear and the Cannes Jury Prize, include Policeman, Kindergarten Teacher.
Vivek Agnihotri, who has always been in controversy with his statements, has directed ‘Kashmir Files’, in which Anupam Kher has played the lead role. Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi are also in lead roles in this film.
‘Kashmir Files’ has been surrounded by controversies since its release and many film critics have termed it as a propaganda film.
The film is reportedly based on the exodus and killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s.
This film is released on 11 March. The film was houseful in many theatres. Four states of the country declared the film tax-free.
Incidentally, all these four states (Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat) are BJP ruled.
It is also claimed that it earned the highest among the films released this year.
Controversy arose a day after its release when a picture of Vivek Agnihotri with Prime Minister Narendra Modi went viral.
Producer of the film Abhishek Agarwal shared a picture with Narendra Modi which was retweeted by Vivek Agnihotri.
Tags: Nadav Lapid called Kashmir Files obscene propaganda