Vivek Agnihotri’s latest film, The Kashmir Files received an overwhelming response from the public as well as critics and politicians. On Tuesday, former Congress leader Ravneet Singh Bittu praised the team for portraying the plight of Kashmiri pundits. He added that he will personally meet with the producers and crew to express his gratitude. The Congressman said he would ask them to make a film about Punjab’s “dark period of terrorism from the late 1980s to 1992”, when more than 35,000 Punjabi Sikhs and Hindus lost their lives.
Taking to Twitter, Ravneet Singh Bittu wrote, “Excellent work by the Kashmir Files team on portraying the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits who suffered the most during the Kashmir uprising. team to thank them for portraying the pain of Kashmir Pandits.”
“I will ask them to also portray the dark period of terrorism in Punjab from the late 80s to 1992. 35,000 Sikh and Hindu Punjabis, including the police force, who sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism in Punjab, but the only literature/films created have blatantly ignored the real victims of this fight and continue to glorify the terrorists and their helpers.The pain and torment suffered by the people of Punjab and these 35,000 families must be put in light,” he added.
Excellent work by the Kashmir Files team on portraying the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits who suffered the most during the Kashmir Uprising. I will personally meet the producers and crew to thank them for portraying the pain of Kashmiri pundits. I will ask them to represent Punjab
— Ravneet Singh Bittu (@RavneetBittu) March 15, 2022
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Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir following the systematic killings of people from the community by Pakistani-funded terrorists. The film stars Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumar, a Mithun Chakraborty among others.
While the film receives praise for its realistic portrayal of events, it is also courting opposition for allegedly whitewashing the events of 1990. In an exclusive chat with Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on his show Debate, director Vivek Agnihotri explained how he made the film.
He said: “I didn’t write the history in Kashmir, it is written by the Islamic terrorists, I just presented it as it is. We interviewed 700 first-generation victims, talked to them for days. Everyone was talking about the victims of Kashmir, nobody was talking about the victims of Kashmir. Therefore, we decided to go for the real pain, and we presented it as is, without a period or a comma.”