“The Kashmir Files,” directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is a poignant portrayal of the real-life tragedy of the exodus and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits that occurred 32 years ago. The film follows a JNU student named Krishna (Darshan Kumaar), who embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about his family’s past. Anupam Kher’s performance adds depth to the gut-wrenching narrative.
Vivek Agnihotri’s depiction of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus stands out for its accuracy and honesty. Unlike previous attempts, Agnihotri fearlessly presents the brutal reality of the events. The film opens with a chilling scene of children playing amidst the freezing conditions of January 1990. Amidst the commentary on Sachin Tendulkar’s cricket match, a Hindu boy named Shiva becomes a target of violence from Kashmiri Muslim boys, marking the onset of a tragic sequence of events. The film paints a heart-wrenching picture of the atrocities faced by the Pandits as their homes are burned and they are forced to convert, die, or leave Kashmir.
Anupam Kher’s portrayal of Pushker Nath Pandit, a pivotal character, is compelling and authentic. His Kashmiri accent adds to the realism. Pallavi Joshi’s performance is also noteworthy, capturing the essence of her character.
The film’s direction by Vivek Agnihotri is commendable, as he presents a clear and unapologetic portrayal of the events. The inclusion of heartfelt Kashmiri songs adds emotional depth to the narrative. The movie successfully captures the pain and suffering of the Kashmiri Pandits, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.
“The Kashmir Files” is a powerful and necessary film that sheds light on a dark chapter in history, demanding justice and recognition for the victims. It is a must-watch that evokes strong emotions and compels reflection on the tragic events that unfolded in Kashmir.
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