The Kashmir Files Review: The eye opener for the Indians & every single individual who cares for this beautiful piece of land.
There are some movies which are not meant for entertainment but are important & must watch. The Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri is something everyone should opt for. Not just to know about the unexplored history of Kashmir but to actually glorify the hidden facts of Kashmir.
The Kashmir Files is a voice for Kashmiri Pandits and the cruel tragedy happened back in 90s. Brutality, massacre, elusive peace and human rights violations continue to threaten its pristine beauty. It’s impossible to divorce Kashmir from politics, and it’s equally difficult to encapsulate the years and centuries of complex Kashmiri history into a feature length film.
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The movie is a race to prove that whatever happened then was not an exodus but genocide! It’s a sentence we hear multiple times in the film. Pushkar Nath Pandit (Anupam Kher) echoes the sentiment when he tries to tell his grandson Krishna (Darshan Kumar) about what they had to endure as a community and family.
The film’s plot is completely based on real incidents & testimonies by first generation victims & those who lived to tell the horrifying tale of torture & unexplainable violence. That it wasn’t just some stray incidents of being threatened that made the families leave Kashmir, but the terror that sadly had the tacit support of the then government.
On the other hand, the film also covers present condition of Kashmir & how Indians especially youths that is called future of India is considering Kashmir & it’s real history.
The Kashmir Files opens with the killing of Satish Tickoo, a young businessman gunned down by JKLF terrorists. Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate’s killing spree, sparing neither women nor children, is also woven in. Terrorists came for BK Ganjoo, who hid in a rice barrel. After his neighbour ratted him out he was shot dead and the rice, laced with his blood, was fed to his wife. There’s also a scene where jihadis lined up 24 Kashmiri Hindus and shot them, not even sparing the life of a little boy.
Krishna that is played by Darshan is a confused young man & unaware of the real history of his own Pandit family & his country. Anupam Kher gives it his all as Pushkar Nath Pandit, a man who spent his entire life dreaming of going back to his beloved homeland. Chinmay Mandlekar, Bhasha Sumbli, Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumar, in particular, are all brilliant.
Pushkarnath’s friends, Brahma Dutt IAS, DGP Hari Narain (Puneet Issar), journalist Vishnu Ram (Atul Shrivasta) and Dr. Mahesh Kumar (Prakash Belawadi) are sad reminders of how the local administration, the police and even the media became helpless and mute spectators as nothing was done to save the Pandits.
All over Kashmir Files is the eye opener for the Indians & every single individual who cares for this beautiful piece of land. Director Vivek Agnihotri has given his best to the movie & it will surely awestruck you throughout.