Amid a recent interview, director Vivek Agnihotri compared producing The Kashmir Files in the present political atmosphere to making Schindler’s List during the height of Nazism in the 1940s. The interviewer was astounded by his remarks.
Agnihotri has long defended his claim that he created The Kashmir Files in order to draw attention to the situation of Kashmiri Hindus who have been driven from their own land as a result of terrorism. In a recent interview with the New Yorker, the director refuted charges that the movie was supported by the government and incited violent right-wingers to demonise the Muslim minority.
He claimed that it was difficult to make a movie about the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus. “Everyone was terrified because of terrorism. And so we made the decision to proceed. People attacked my manager in my office. I received jeers. I now have security thanks to the Indian government. In fact, because it is believed that Hindus are dominant worldwide because they make up the majority in India, rather than the contrary, people do not make movies about the genocide of the Kashmiri Hindus. People praised Schindler’s List and exclaimed, “Yes, you brought the truth out,” when it was released. However, consider producing Schindler’s List while the Nazis were in power. Imagine becoming successful during the Nazi era. Now, terrorism is in charge.
When asked if he meant to imply that terrorism controls contemporary India, the director responded, “Of course. There isn’t a single person alive, in my opinion, who will find the terrorist operations admirable. Our movie is unmistakably about what happens when humanity is absent and terrorism takes hold. And as a result, the movie’s impact, as desired by me as a filmmaker, is precisely what is taking place. People are sobbing, hugging, and offering their sincere apologies. And the entirety of India is uniting. And for that reason, there is a lot of euphoria.
Again surprising the interviewer, Agnihotri described The Kashmir Files as a “soft, sentimental film.” He was prompted to restate his remarks. It’s a moving movie. Instead of being a severe remark, it has a more feature-film framework, he continued.
The biggest Hindi language hit of the year is The Kashmir Files. Although it had a low-key release, it managed to gross more than Rs 350 crore at home thanks to strong word-of-mouth. Reviews weren’t as complimentary. Schindler’s List, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, is regarded as one of the best movies ever. It told the tale of a German businessman who, during World War II, saved over a thousand Jewish prisoners from concentration camps.