Nadav Lapid, IFFI 2022 jury member calls The Kashmir Files ‘vulgar and propaganda’ movie, faces flak

The Israel filmmaker and part of the jury at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Monday triggered massive outrage on social media after he remarked on the blockbuster and critically acclaimed movie, The Kashmir Files, at the closing ceremony of the prestigious event caught attention.

“All of us were shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files, that felt like a propaganda, vulgar movie inappropriate for a competitive artistic section of such a prestigious film festival,” Lapid said in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur.

Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files, starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi in pivotal roles, was selected for the Indian Panorama Section and was screened on November 22.

Since Lapid’s statement was noticed, it started trending on social media platforms as ‘Shame’ (pointing towards an Israeli filmmaker) became the top Twitter trend on Monday, late evening.

Nadav Lapid faced massive backlash on Twitter as a section of Indian society found his observation completely false and misappropriate. Indian veteran actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter and tweeted, “No matter how high the height of the lie is, it is always small in comparison to the truth.” Check out other reactions.

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