The Kashmir Files: movie review

TechNews Writer
Mon Apr 18, 2022

I'd want to share a bit about my movie-going experience. I just want to say a few words about the movie because I know many people have various perspectives and feelings about it. I will certainly not make a statement, this is simply my view.

It is not a romantic film, nor is it a film with melodies and beauty, nor is it a comedy.  A film with emotions, a film that discusses reality, a film that presents the truth, the agony, and suffering that individuals have endured. It's not a staged event, rather it's something that happened in the past but no one knew about. For years, the truth was kept hidden from the public.

First and foremost, I'd want to give applause to Vivek Agnihotri, the film's director, and writer. He has shown everything in great detail and hasn't hidden anything. Thanks to this approach, the story revolves around the Kashmir pandits (priests), who were a minority amid the mostly Muslim people of the region. As a result, minorities were targeted for murder, and insecurity spread throughout the area. The priests were assassinated with a vengeance.

I'd like to focus on the priest family, which includes a husband, wife, two children, and in-laws, as the key characters of the film. The Muslims' main target was this family, and they shot the husband in front of the wife, forcing the wife to swallow raw rice along with the husband's blood that was streaming over the rice sack. In later stages, the mother and one school-aged child would be killed, and the mother would be brutally harassed and murdered. So the second child, who is only a few months old, will grow up with his grandfather, eventually losing him. It's heartbreaking to see how folks were forced to die as a result of mass murders, looting and burning of Pandit homes and temples, and a high rate of sexual abuse against Pandit women. Due to political problems, every truth was simply hidden behind bars, and this director has gone to great lengths to collect every single photograph, video, and piece of information regarding what transpired during those days. As a result, this sole youngster grows older and wishes to learn about his parents' deaths.
A Kashmiri Hindu college student is the main character of the story. He moved as a youngster during the exodus after his family was slain, and he was fostered by a schoolteacher who had witnessed the deaths but kept him in the dark about their circumstances. Following the death of his adopted father, the student, who had grown to feel that the exodus was a good thing throughout college, becomes determined to learn the truth about his family's deaths. He believed that his parents had died in an accident, but the story was different. He's an Indian university student who is being affected by one of his professors. There will be three witnesses, all of whom were his grandfather's friends, who will recall the incidents from their memory. So this boy runs for student council at his university where he declares that the Indian government is to blame for the problem. After his grandfather passes away, he returns to his ancestral home in Kashmir to bury his ashes, where he learns the truth. Even then, he makes the incorrect claim that the Indian army killed his mother and brother, until someone hands over newspaper clippings claiming that terrorists dressed as Indian Army personnel killed them. The young man returns to Delhi and delivers his prepared speech for the university presidency elections to a loud audience on campus. He goes into detail about Kashmir's history and the plight of his family and other Kashmiri Hindu victims that he witnessed on his visit. His mentor and her other students are astonished by this.

I would surely recommend more people to watch this kind of movies.



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