The Tashkent files director is making a movie on the plight of the Kashmiri pandits who were forced to flee the Kashmir valley due to militancy.
The exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Kashmir remains a black mark on the history of India, as the Hindus of the Kashmir Valley were forced to flee their homeland as a result of being targeted by JKLF and Islamist insurgents during late 1989 and early 1990. However, the incident was downplayed by the government and soon it was forgotten.
But Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the acclaimed director of the Tashkent files, a film based on the mysterious death of the then Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, and who is especially known for portraying politically incorrect topics onscreen, announced Kashmir Files, a film on the plight of the Kashmiri pandits and the bitter incident of their exodus from the Kashmir valley.
“This is India’s holocaust where at midnight the minorities (Hindus) were asked to leave the valley and they were specifically asked to leave behind all their property and women. Children were killed with AK47, women were raped, men were cut with woodcutting saw. Houses were burnt. India’s most secular region was converted into an Islamic region controlled with Sharia law. My film is about the sinister politics behind it,” he said.
He also said that he had to do intense research as he did not want any facts or important details to be missed.
The Kashmir Files has become a highly anticipated project after the lukewarm response to Shikara, another film based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits made by acclaimed filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra. However, according to various accounts of Kashmiri pandits or otherwise, the movie shied away from the brutal horrors the Kashmiri Pandits were subjected to in the late 1980s and early 1990s, especially the night of 19 January 1990.
The Kashmir Files Film Release Date
As per an Outlook report, Agnihotri has almost finished the pre-production work for Kashmir Files and it is expected to release on the eve of Independence Day Saturday, 15 August 2020.