Why should every Indian watch this movie – The Kashmir Files?

When my husband booked us tickets to the movie, The Kashmir Files, I was a bit skeptical as to how I would endure three hours of violence on screen. Now, here’s the thing, I couldn’t stand the thought of watching such hideous violence but there are people who endured it all their lives. Well, after watching the movie I came to a conclusion that every Indian must watch it. The film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s.

This genocide has no mention in any of our history books as the Mohammedans have tried to convince the world that the Kashmiri Pandits left on their own accord. On the other hand, they were tortured and killed in their own ancestral houses and forced to leave Kashmir. The muslims had given them an ultimatum as to’ ‘convert (to Islam), run or die’ on the streets of Kashmir. They announced these from the loudspeakers of the mosques, asking Kashmiri Hindu men to leave the valley, leaving behind their women so that they can finally have their ‘azaadi’ (freedom).  

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Some scenes in the movie were so brutal that it reduced me to tears. It makes us wonder why no steps were taken by our government to protect them or to bring them to safety while this all happened. What is even more astonishing is that it took someone 32 years to tell the story of Kashmiri Hindus. Whether Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files is a cinematic brilliance or not is not the question here. The fact that he dared to make a movie about something that is pushed under the rug for 32 years now itself deserves an applause.

Every Indian must watch this movie, not only because it is very well made with brilliant performances but because we need to know what our school history books have not taught us. 

Shruthi K R

I am passionate about reading and writing and I could do it all my life! I am not nerdy though, I could surprise you with the tales of adventures I have had!

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