The Kashmir Files

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The plot switch arounds in contemporary (2021) and flashbacks. In 1989-90 Kashmir, militants banishing Kashmiri Hindu Pandits from the valley using the slogan “Raliv Galiv ya Chaliv” (“convert, leave or die”). Militant commander Farooq Malik Bitta (Chinmay Mandlekar), a former student of Pushkar Nath (Anupam Kher), breached Pushkar Nath’s house and shoot his son (Amaan Iqbaal) who is hiding in a rice container. Pushkar and his daughter-in-law Sharda (Bhasha Sumbli) pleaded for their lives. Bitta impels Sharda to eat the blood soaked rice in exchange for their lives.

In present day, Sharda’s younger son Krishna (Darshan Kumar) is brought up by Pushkar. He believes that his parents had died in an accident. A student at ANU, Krishna is under the influence of professor Radhika Menon (Pallavi Joshi) who believes in the “Kashmir cause”.

Pushkar has four friends—civil servant Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborty), doctor Mahesh Kumar (Prakash Belawadi), police officer Hari Narain (Puneet Issar) and journalist Vishnu Ram (Atul Srivastava). All four of them served in Kashmir when Pushkar’s son was killed. They recall the events of Kashmir from their memory which Brahma calls a “genocide.”

In flashback, Pushkar requests Brahma Dutt for his son’s protection,[clarification needed] who was accused of being an Indian spy. Brahma travels with him to Kashmir, and sees the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.

He takes up the issue with J&K’s chief minister (Amit Behl) who suspends Brahma. When his son is shot, Pushkar requests Mahesh to save his son’s life but his hospital is taken over by militants who forbid the hospital staff from treating non-Muslims. Vishnu takes Pushkar and his family to Kaul, a Hindu poet who maintains a cordial relationship with Muslims.

Kaul takes in many Pandits into his home but a group of militants arrive to pick up him[who?] and his son in the guise of offering protection. The rest of them[who?] leave the place but are shocked to see their[whose?] dead bodies hanged on trees.

The refugees[clarification needed] settle in Jammu, living on meagre ration and harmful conditions. Brahma is appointed as an advisor to the new Governor of J&K. On his request, the Home Minister visits the Jammu camps where Pushkar demands the removal of Article 370 and the re-settlement of Kashmiri Pandits. Brahma manages to get Sharda a government job in Nandimarg in Kashmir, and the family moves there.

Back in the present, Krishna is contesting in ANU’s student election. Following the advice of professor Radhika Menon, he targets[clarification needed] the Government of India on the issue of Kashmir, much to the anger of Pushkar. Pushkar dies, and Krishna travels to the ancestral home in Kashmir to scatter the ashes per Pushkar’s last wish.

Menon asks Krishna to shoot some footage in Kashmir in order to expose the government. With the help of a contact of Menon’s, Krishna meets Farooq.[clarification needed] He accuses Farooq of being responsible for the situation of Pandits but Farooq declares himself to be a new-age Gandhi who is leading a non-violent democratic movement. Farooq claims that the Indian Army killed Krishna’s mother and brother. When Krishna questions Brahma Dutt about the claim, Brahma hands him a collection of newspaper cuttings made by Pushkar which say that militants disguised as Indian Army soldiers killed them.

In flashback, Pushkar’s family settled in Nadimarg.[clarification needed] A group of militants headed by Bitta dress up as Indian Army and round up the remaining Pandits there. Sharda resists when they get hold of Shiva. Angry Farooq strips her and saws her body in half. He lines up Shiva and the remaining and shoots them into a mass grave. Pushkar is spared to spread the word of what happened.

In present, Krishna returns to Delhi and gives a scheduled speech for university presidential elections among roaring crowd of ANU campus. Elaborating on authentic history of Kashmir and plight of his family and other Kashmiri Hindu victims, he comprehended from his trip, a bolt from blue to his mentor and leftist Professor Menon and her students. He met with vicious resistance and ridicule from students and eventual brace by few. For further news please stay tuned with us

The Kashmir Files Movie Cast

  • Mithun Chakraborty as IAS Brahma Dutt
  • Anupam Kher as Pushkar Nath Pandit
  • Darshan Kumar as Krishna Pandit
  • Pallavi Joshi as Radhika Menon
  • Chinmay Mandlekar as Farooq Malik Bitta
  • Prakash Belawadi as Dr. Mahesh Kumar
  • Puneet Issar as DGP Hari Narain
  • Bhasha Sumbli as Sharda Pandit
  • Sourav Verma as Afzal
  • Mrinal Kulkarni as Laxmi Dutt
  • Atul Srivastava as Vishnu Ram
  • Prithviraj Sarnaik• Amaan Iqbal as Karan Pandit

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The Kashmir Files Movie Credits

  • Directed by Vivek Agnihotri
  • Written by           Vivek Agnihotri  Saurabh M. Pandey
  • Produced by Tej Narayan Agarwal | Abhishek Agarwal | Pallavi Joshi  | Vivek Agnihotri
  • Music by           Rohit Sharma | Swapnil Bandodkar

The Kashmir Files Movie Review

The Kashmir Files Movie starring  Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi is the story about the people who were forced to leave Kashmir by JKLF group in the name of ‘Azadi .‘ The movie definitely raises the question regarding the most forgotten Kashmiri Pandits.

But the movie looks more like propoganding about the ruling party and aimed at fostering prejudice against Muslims. Even the historical facts have been presented with the liberty : Like,  During the exodus BJP supported Janta Dal was in power, NOT Congress (Yet the film manages to blame Congress). 

Vishwanath Pratap Singh was the Prime minister of the BJP supported govt.  BJP leader Jagmohan was the governor of J&K at the time. All this creates an imbalance in the movie. Of course, the atrocities done to Kashmiri Pandits might be real but it sounds wrong that none of the Muslim character was good at heart.  The politics , secularism and other big words were well-explained in the movie. Dialogues were hard-hitting but somehow the movie leaves you with an empty feel. 

Stutee Ghosh of The Quint rated the film 3.5 out of 5 and found the film to have made a compelling case for Kashmiri pandits and their “hitherto unaddressed wounds” but wished for more nuance; the cinematography esp. color palette, Anupam Kher’s acting, and realist depictions were praised in particular.

The Kashmir Files Movie Release Date

11 March 2022

The Kashmir Files Movie Short Description

The Kashmir Files, written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri. is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during the Kashmir Insurgency.

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