A lawyer has filed a complaint against Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid for calling The Kashmir Files “vulgar” during the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival of India in Goa on Monday.
New Delhi,UPDATED: November 29, 2022 11:55 AM IST
Nadav Lapid said he was troubled and shocked when he saw the film screen at the film festival. (Photo: Twitter)
From India Today Web Desk: Vineet Jindal, a Delhi-based lawyer, has filed a complaint against Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid for calling The Kashmir Files a “propaganda and vulgar film”. The complaint comes amid massive backlash and criticism from many, including senior Israeli officials.
Lawyer Jindal said in a tweet he had filed a complaint with Goa Police against Nadav Lapid for “abusing victims of the Hindu community in Kashmir,” calling the film vulgar and propaganda.
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“Nadav’s testimony is totally rigged and will tarnish the Hindu community to target the Kashmir files…” Jindal wrote in his complaint to Goa DGP Jaspal Singh.
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Nadav Lapid, the jury chairman of the 53rd International Film Festival of India or IFFI, on Monday described The Kashmir Files, written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, as “propaganda” and “vulgar”. The film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir following the killing of people from the community by Pakistan-backed terrorists.
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Speaking at the IFFI 2022 closing ceremony, Lapid said he was concerned and shocked to see the film screen at the film festival.
“We were all disturbed and shocked by the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. It struck us as a propaganda and vulgar film, inappropriate for an artistic and competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel comfortable sharing this openly. I feel for you as the spirit of the festival can truly accept critical discussions that are essential to art and life,” said Lapid.
While some praised Lapid for “calling out propaganda,” others accused him of being insensitive to the suffering of the Kashmiri pandits despite being part of a community confronted with the horrors of the Holocaust.