New Delhi- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised “The Kashmir Files”, a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s, for “bringing the truth in its correct form” and said history has to be presented in the right context from time to time.
The prime minister’s ringing endorsement of the film while addressing a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting was echoed by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya among others.
As debate around the movie escalated, the Uttar Pradesh government joined a host of states in declaring the film tax-free.
Slamming the “campaign to discredit” the Vivek Agnihotri directorial by those who claim to be the flagbearers of freedom of expression, Modi said there have been continuous efforts to “bury the truth”.
“They are shocked that the truth that they tried to suppress is now coming out with the backing of facts and efforts,” Modi said about the film at the centre of a political slugfest with the Congress and several other opposition parties objecting to it.
The video of the prime minister’s speech was shared on Twitter by the BJP and several party leaders.
Released last week, “The Kashmir Files” stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi. The film has been written by Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios.
“You must have heard the discussion about ‘The Kashmir Files’, those who carry around the flag of freedom of expression, that whole group is rattled for the last few days. Instead of assessing the film on the basis of facts and truth, a campaign is on to discredit it,” Modi said.
Underlining that history has to be presented in the right context before the society, Modi said just as books, poetry and literature play a role in this, in the same way even films can do the same.
“My issue is not about a film, but about bringing the truth in its correct form before the country.
“There can be many aspects of truth and different views, those who think it is not correct can make their own film, but they are shocked that the truth that they tried to suppress is now coming out with the backing of facts and efforts,” the PM said.
Referring to British filmmaker Richard Attenborough’s 1982 biographical drama “Gandhi”, starring Ben Kingsley, Modi said post-independence, the world heard more about Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.
“Had someone taken the effort to make a film on Gandhi and presented it to the world, the message may have been delivered.”
Follow this link to join our WhatsApp group: Join Now
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.