The Kashmir Files: Why is there so much fuss about The Kashmir Files? Just a picture of the plight of Kashmiri scholars

Webmultichannel: What aspects of history did The Kashmir Files question? Writes Ranbir Bhattacharya

Rajesh Kaul is a middle-aged young man from Behala. He spent a lot of good time in his uncle's house in Srinagar or PC's house in Kashmir. But since the late nineties, he has never been able to visit a beautiful garden house in Kashmir. Today in Kashmir, Article 370 has been abolished, Rajesh Kaul has got a domicile certificate, but there is no security, so there is no way but to stay on one's own land, but to become a tourist.

Rajesh Kaul's uncle Banshilal Raina was the SP of Jammu and Kashmir police three decades ago, living in the police quarters. He had to send his wife and two daughters to his relative's house in Jammu 32 years ago. He fought against the terrorists with his teeth clenched and did not look back. The state government did not provide security, raised its hand. His name was on the hit list. He could never bring his family and children back to his home!

PN Raina, uncle of Rajesh Kaul, who was the superintendent of ITI College there. He too had to flee his home overnight with his two daughters, a son and his wife. He had to go out with a shirt on, money was far away, he became bankrupt overnight. Those nightmare nights haunt him even today.

The city of Kolkata has seen blood many times. Whether it was the communal unrest before or after the partition or the 1992 riots, the conscience of Calcutta has been stung many times. From the same place, a special screening of Vivek Agnihotri's 'The Kashmir Files' was organized by Kashmir Kashmir at a Newtown auditorium in Kolkata yesterday. Heroines like Thisora. After the last scene of the movie, when an elderly couple living in Kashmir once broke down in tears in the theater, time seemed to stop for a moment.

But this is not just an isolated incident in Kolkata. Not only in India, but also outside India, people have remembered with tears the people who lost their lives at the hands of violent militants in the nineties. This is where 'The Kashmir Files' raises the question - why there has been no movie about this for so long, there is also an argument about that. Earlier, films on Kashmir were made but the issue of pundits was avoided. Attempts have been made to forget the shouts of Ralib, Ghalib, Chalib — where the militants had decreed that the Kashmiri scholars must either be converted, or lose their lives, or flee!

The example of being a refugee in one's own country is hard to find in any other country. That is why 'The Kashmir Files' is not a political movie, but a document of a terrible nightmare. So from the making of the movie to the promotion or release — everyone associated with the movie has to face many obstacles at every step. Some quarters are of the opinion that the movie has been leaked online on purpose or that there is a continuous attempt to lower the IMDB rating.

Many people say that there are two sides to any issue. So it needs to be in this case too. But so to speak, rapists, murderers will be asked? Or will the son-in-law of Pakistani militants be called for a question-and-answer session?

Speaking of movies, Anupam Kher, who played the role of Pushkar Nath Pandit, has to be applauded for his touching performance. Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty appropriate. Director Vivek Agnihotri deserves praise not only for his choice of subject but also for his research on mythology, Kashmiri scholar, Kashmiriyat, Jaharlal Nehru University, nude balance policy of media.

If the first part of the movie is set against the backdrop of Kashmiri scholars, then the second part must be about the present generation having enough knowledge about the past and its usefulness as a mirror of the future. Weaknesses in the technical side have been overlooked for the treatment of the movie. This may be the weakness or success of the movie!

This is not a question that any work of art needs to ask, but if it cannot be thought of, then it can be considered as a kind of problem. Whether the audience likes this movie or not, they must think. So with history, the conscience of the people will answer that the distribution of Kashmiri scholars was not mass exodus or genocide! Until then, children of educated, elegant Kashmiri families like Rajesh Kaul, Krishna Kachru, Sumon Raina, Preeti Thisosara will continue to question the one-eyed Indian society.

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