Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files has stirred up a hornet’s nest. The genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 has grabbed everyone’s attention and now politicians are playing the blame game. But former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah claims the tragedy did not occur under his rule! In a previous interview, he had said that he was ready to be hanged anywhere in the country if found responsible. The Kashmir Files actress Pallavi Joshi has reacted to the statement.
“Well, politics is not my domain, so I don’t know how to answer politicians. But what we have done and has come out of four years of very detailed and in-depth work. I also have video testimonies of all the Kashmiri Pandits and the government officers of that time from police to administrations and every single incident that we have shown in the film, we have video evidence of it. I don’t think 700 people could together speak the same lie,” Joshi said.
The actress said, “Kashmiri Pandits are always accused that they colluded with Jagmohan (Malhotra, Governor of J&K in 1990) and left, I understand a handful of people doing it but why would 7 lakh Pandits do that. Why would they decide to leave the valley one day? Okay, let me say, chalo, they have done this, but when they realised that they are not being able to go back for 32 years, they haven’t said anything against Jagmohan, that is not possible right? What do you make out of this?”
Joshi pointed out how Abdullah had resigned two days before the brutal killings of the Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. “There was no administration for two days. Mr Abdullah resigned two days before the incident and he flew out to London when this mayhem took place on the 19th. Jagmohan was appointed the governor but he couldn’t reach there because of bad weather, he was put up in Jammu for two or three days that’s when all these killings and exodus started happening,” she said.
Meanwhile, The Kashmir Files has shattered all box-office records and is continuing to set new ones every day. After crossing the Rs 100-crore mark on 18 March, the film has now entered the Rs 200-crore club.
The Kashmir Files was released on 11 March. Based on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus during the Kashmir insurgency in 1990, the film stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumaar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi in lead roles. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film is bankrolled by Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri under the Zee Studios, IAmBuddha and Abhishek Agarwal Arts banners.