Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid slammed the 53rd IFFI organisers for screening popular Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files’ in an international competition.
Lapid stated they were “disturbed and astonished” to see the movie among the 15 competing films.
Lapid, who is well-known for his anti-Israel establishment and pro-Palestine views, said he was speaking on behalf of the IFFI jury. He observed:
“We were all of us disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, ‘The Kashmir Files’, that felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival.”
Filmmaker Sudipto Sen tweeted that Lapid doesn’t represent the views of IFFI jury and his statement is personal.
Israeli envoy to India Naor Gilon slammed Lapid and apologized for the conduct of his countryman at the 2022 International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Lapid is known for producing incendiary and provocative films that are meant for the Left-leaning festival circuit audiences. In an earlier interview, Lapid said: “I think that art or cinema should speak to audiences on a different level. They can bring change by shaking an audience member to their core.”
It is surprising when an Indian filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri tries to tell the true and shocking story of the exodus and genocide of Kashmiri Hindus at the hands of Pakistan-sponsored Islamist terrorists, it appears as “propaganda”.
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