The Kashmir Files Movie Review: A extraordinary movie that exposes the shocking truth of the Valley's Hindu genocide

The Kashmir Files Movie Review: A extraordinary movie that exposes the shocking truth of the Valley's Hindu genocide

Vivek Agnihotri, a filmmaker, has done what India has failed to achieve for the past 31 years: he has shown the true face of Kashmiri Hindu genocide.
The Kashmir Files movie review
The Kashmir Files

Director Vivek Agnihotri appears to have an abundance of directorial acumen in 'The Kashmir Files,' but the sensitivity to make it cunning enough to be remembered for a long time is absent. The flight of Kashmiri Pandits demands a far more robust depiction than Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Shikara' in the great landscape of Hindi cinema. Agnihotri had the chance to make it work with a unique plot that ties in with modern intellectual set-ups in the city and beyond. However, this is not the case.

The film tells the story of Kashmiri Hindus, but it is also the storey of all Hindus and perhaps all persecuted societies around the world, whether it is Jews persecuted by Christian Germany, Christians in Turkey persecuted by the Islamic Ottoman empire, native religions of the Americas and Africa persecuted by Christian West, or the systematic destruction of Muslims and their countries by the Western deep state today. More crucially, it is the chronicle of Hindu India, which has been described as one of the world's most brutalised civilizations by fanatical Abrahamic faiths, with an estimated 80 million people killed.

It's the narrative of what happens when a civilization refuses to stand unified and resist the barbaric savages, preferring instead to pacify and deal with those who just want to destroy you. It's the storey of Hindu rulers who haven't learned any lessons, from Prithviraj Chauhan's release of Mohammed Ghori, who was later assassinated at the first opportunity, to current BJP leaders like Ram Madhav, who boasted during a recent New Jersey event that the Centre could attract millions of visitors to Kashmir but couldn't get a few Hindus to live in peace.

The film isn't really a re-enactment of Schindler's List. It is daring enough to draw comparisons with the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazis against Jews during World War II. It makes sense, but it lacks sensibility, as I already stated. The movie isn't exactly a letdown. It's worth watching for its attempt to break out of the confines. Despite the story's promise, there are far too few goose-bump-inducing moments in the picture, owing to a lack of variation in reactions during tragic, sorrowful, and enticing scenes.