The Kashmir Files which has become a subject of intense debate and has triggered demands for justice for the persecuted Kashmiri Hindus is all set for release in al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyah al-Muttaḥidah aka the UAE. The period film showing Muslims of Kashmir tormenting the Hindus of the valley until they fled what was then a state in hordes, which actually happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s, will be released in the country where Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language on 7 April.
Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri made the announcement on Twitter saying “BIG VICTORY:
FINALLY, got the censor clearance from UAE. Rated 15+ passed without any cuts. Releasing on 7th April (Thursday). Now, Singapore.”
A few days ago, Agnihotri had said that the film had been banned in the UAE but the reason behind the ban was unknown. Agnihotri had said, “The movie is banned in the UAE. They said that we can’t show this film. The same is the case in Singapore and Qatar,” he said.
There are more Sunni than Shia Muslims in the UAE. As much as 85% of the Emirati population are Sunni Muslims, who happen to be the sect of Muslims that perpetrated the genocide and mass rapes of Hindus in Kashmir. The vast majority of the remainder of 15% of the UAE population are Shia Muslims, who are concentrated in the Emirates of Dubai and Sharjah.
Anupam Kher celebrated the news.
The Kashmir Files has also recorded an impressive box office collection since its release. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter on Wednesday and revealed The Kashmir Files is inching towards the Rs 250 crore mark. He tweeted: “#TheKashmirFiles [Week 3] Fri 4.50 cr, Sat 7.60 cr, Sun 8.75 cr, Mon 3.10 cr, Tue 2.75 cr. Total: ₹ 234.03 cr. #India biz. ALL-TIME BLOCKBUSTER.” The film will be entering week 4 this weekend.
Meanwhile, the British parliament has invited Agnihotri and his wife Pallavi Joshi (who also featured in the movie) to talk about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Speaking with Bollywood Hungama, the director confirmed the news. “That’s right, my wife Pallavi and I have been invited to the British parliament. We will be heading there next month. The Kashmir Files was made with the express purpose of taking the message of the Kashmir Pandits’ genocide to every corner of the world. I am glad we are getting there,” he said.