The Kashmir Files: Blockbuster Movie of 2022
The Kashmir Files, released on March 11, is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley in the 1990s. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is the director of the film, The Kashmir Files. Zee Studios is in charge of the film’s production. Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumar, and others play pivotal roles in the movie. At the box office, the film has been doing great. Vivek Agnihotri, the film’s director, has become a talking point in The Kashmir Files.
The film is currently generating a lot of buzz, with praise pouring in from all directions. The public reacted so positively to ‘The Kashmir Files’ within three days of its release. The Kashmir Files is a fictional film about a university student who found that his Kashmiri Hindu parents were murdered by Islamist militants rather than by chance, as his grandfather claimed.
The Kashmir Files was shot and written in the style of a film. It has a beginning and a conclusion. Even though they are not mere characters, the characters in the movie have a reason to exist. These are accounts of the suffering of the Pandits who were forcibly removed from their homes. The film delves into the history of Kashmir, which has long been a contentious region along India’s border with Pakistan. The Kashmir Files is a film that tells the honest story of the Kashmir Genocide.
Since the late 1980s, an armed insurgency against Indian rule has raged in its Muslim-majority Valley. In the 1990s, Muslim militant groups targeted Kashmiri Hindus, particularly upper-caste Pandits, who were a minority group, by killing their men, burning down their homes, and destroying their places of worship.
Many people were killed, and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes, according to some estimates. Many of them never came back. Mosques would yell at them to get out of the Valley. The film’s primary purpose is to educate the public about this dark era in history.
The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is causing a stir across the country, with images of Kashmiri Pandit citizens and others leaving theatres teary-eyed going viral on social media. According to Taran Adarsh, a critic and film trade analyst, the film, based on the events that led to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, earned Rs 3.55 crore on its first day of release on Friday.
It’s worth noting that the film, which was earlier released on a limited number of screens, has now been able to book morning shows too early. According to media reports, prior bookings have increased due to high demand, and the number of shows and screens has more than doubled since its release.
The controversial film has received both critical and commercial acclaim. It also caused some controversy. Vivek Agnihotri recently spoke out about Kapil Sharma’s refusal to invite the cast of The Kashmir Files to promote the film on his show. Netizens called for a boycott of the show, which sparked a huge debate. During the interview, Vivek Agnihotri stated that he has no animosity toward the comedian and that he only wrote what the production house told him. So, we guess the squabble can now be put to rest.
During the buzz surrounding the film Kashmir Files, the Kerala unit of the Congress claimed in a now-deleted tweet that more Muslims than Pandits were killed in Jammu and Kashmir between 1990 and 2007, drawing the wrath of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which called the claims “insane”. The tweet, which was part of a longer thread, was in response to the ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which has focused attention on the 1990 killings and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley.
Kangana Ranaut, a Bollywood actress, said the film’s box office success has defied some preconceived notions about the types of films that will succeed in the post-pandemic era. The actor also mocked Bollywood for allegedly remaining silent about ‘The Kashmir Files’ success. Hansal Mehta, a Bollywood director, also tweeted in support of the film and its director.
To encourage more people to watch it, Karnataka has become the fourth state to make it tax-free. The film was before tax-free in Gujarat, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh, and now Karnataka has joined them as the fourth state to do so to encourage more people to see it. Manoj Tiwari has advocated for the film to be tax-free in Delhi as well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested that everyone in attendance at the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting watch the recently released film The Kashmir Files. The Prime Minister praised the film, saying that more like it should be made. On March 12, the film’s team, including Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, Pallavi Joshi, and Abhishek, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The team thanked Narendra Modi for his “noble words”. The Prime Minister congratulated them on their success and praised the film.
Pallavi Joshi is receiving a lot of praise for her performance as Radhika Menon in the film. With her tremendous talent, the National Award-winning actress managed to keep her audiences enthralled once again. She stated that she wanted every Indian in the film to hate her role. According to Vivek Agnihotri, the film took 5000 hours of research and 15 thousand pages of documents to complete.
The director showed a 20-minute video during the press conference, which included snippets from interviews with Kashmiri Pandits who were present in Kashmir at the time. During the making of the film, he and his wife met Kashmiri Pandit victims and interviewed over 700 victimized Kashmiri Pandits, he added. The web series on the same subject will be made, according to Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri. The film is currently in a league of its own, and nothing of this magnitude has occurred in the last 20 years.
The director of the film, Vivek Agnihotri, has been granted Y-category security. The security was provided based on the perception of a threat to the director following the release of his film. Agnihotri will be protected by a security team of eight officers, including two commandos and police officers, under Y-category security. The film, which was made on a shoestring budget of Rs. 20 crore is already shaping up to be a blockbuster, with a strong possibility of becoming one of Hindi cinema’s biggest blockbusters and earning the title of All-Time Blockbuster.
Edited by Prakriti Arora