The politics surrounding films has intensified, with filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announcing his next project The Delhi Files. The Kashmir Files, directed by Agnihotri, which talks of the seldom reported genocide of Hindus of the valley, has been a huge hit, also creating a political divide between the BJP and opposition parties. Soon after Agnihotri announced his new project, negative reactions started flowing in from the opposition camps.
INC leader Gaurav Vallabh had said yesterday that filmmakers were free to make films of their choice, but if one is a fair and honest filmmaker, he should make films on Gujarat riots and prove that he is a government-sponsored filmmaker. are not.
“Vivek Agnihotri has only announced the name of his film The Delhi Files, he has not revealed the subject of the film, but still Congress and its ecosystem are rattled and frustrated. They talk about creative freedom and freedom of expression, but if a film portraying the truth will be made, why do they have problems with it? What do they fear will come out in the open if the film is made?” the BJP spokesperson further added hitting out at the opposition.
The BJP spokesperson hit out at the opposition, saying the INC fancied itself as a champion of creative freedom and freedom of expression, but if a film depicting the truth is made, it is deeply disturbed.
Poonawalla took a dig at the INC for trying to protect Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, two of the prime accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom cases of whom only Kumar was convicted, and alleged that the INC was complicit in the communal riot.
“The anti-Sikh riots had the involvement of the Congress party. Delhi High Court had in its verdict also spoke about the political patronage extended to the rioters by the Congress government. It was exposed how the Congress party had tried to save Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler and how the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had justified the riots by stating when a big tree falls, the earth shakes,” he said.
“It’s the same ecosystem of the AAP that tried to protect Tahir Hussain who was involved in — and was the mastermind of — the Delhi riots in 2020,” Poonawalla said, questioning Sanjay Singh’s defence of the riot accused.
Meanwhile, Agnihotri on 16 April tweeted his gratitude to the people who saw The Kashmir Files and said it was time for him to work on a new film, “I thank all the people who owned #TheKashmirFiles. For the last 4 years, we worked very hard with utmost honesty & sincerity. I may have spammed your TL but it’s important to make people aware of the GENOCIDE and injustice done to Kashmiri Hindus. It’s time for me to work on a new film,” the filmmaker tweeted.