Vishal Bhardwaj has not seen films like ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Kerala Story’. The National Award winning filmmaker also revealed the reason behind it.
Vishal Bhardwaj is a National Award winning filmmaker. The filmmaker, who gives a special message to the people through his films, gave his reaction to the recently released controversial films ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Kerala Story’. Both ‘The Kashmir Files’ (2022) and ‘The Kerala Story’ (2023) were big commercial hits, but created a political storm with many in the opposition calling them propaganda films. At the same time, today Vishal Bhardwaj’s statement on this is making many headlines.
Vishal Bhardwaj says he doesn’t watch films like ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Kerala Story’ because he wants to stay away from sensitive topics. The filmmaker said, ‘I have never seen The Kashmir Files, The Kerala Story. I don’t want to be influenced by the kind of things I hear about these films. I heard from my friends and people I know that they are propaganda films. So, I just wanted to stay away from it because this is a very sensitive topic for me. If there is too much negativity then I want to avoid that negativity, I want my peace. So, I don’t want to see them.’
‘The Kashmir Files’ starring Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi revolves around the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley in the 1990s. It is directed by Vivek Agnihotri. Meanwhile, The Kerala Story, directed by Sudipto Sen, depicts how women from Kerala are forced to convert and recruit to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
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Let us tell you that Vishal Bhardwaj received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the Kashmir conflict in the film ‘Haider’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Tabu. Bhardwaj urged his fellow filmmakers to deal sensitively with stories inspired by real-life tragic events. He said, ‘I want my filmmaker community to take those stories sensitively, and not use them as propaganda.’
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When asked if the purpose of filmmaking in Hindi cinema has changed over the years, the 58-year-old writer-director said it’s only natural because society has also changed. He said, ‘Cinema is something you can use however you want. When people accept and see this, we have to accept that people are changing. We are changing as a society.