The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims in Singapore.
The Kashmir Files, based on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley in the 1990s, will be banned in Singapore as the Vivek Agnihotri directorial has been assessed to be beyond the city-state’s film classification guidelines, a media report said on Monday according to the news agency PTI.
The authorities have assessed the Hindi-language film to be “beyond Singapore’s film classification guidelines," said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in a joint statement with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, the authorities told Channel News Asia. These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multiracial and multi-religious society, they said.
Meanwhile, Vivek Agnihotri, during a recent press conference, alleged that a section of foreign media was attempting to run an “international political campaign" against his film “The Kashmir Files". Agnihotri claimed that soon after his film became a historical success, foreign media publications realised that it was “denting their narrative".
Agnihotri said: “Singapore is most regressive censor in the world. It even banned The Last Temptations of Jesus Christ (ask your madam),” an apparent dig at Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. “Even a romantic film called #TheLeelaHotelFiles will be banned,” Agnihotri added.
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