As per official sources, the Central government today extended the ‘Y’ category security cover to ‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri with CRPF protection across India. The feature film, which has garnered extraordinary government support, is based on the migration of Kashmiri Hindus from the Kashmir valley during the height of the conflict.
The controversial film has been a runaway box office hit, amassing over 100 crores in receipts thanks to massive government backing and tax incentives from numerous states throughout the country. It has also received harsh criticism, as it is rare for the government to lend its support to a commercial film. Furthermore, the sensitive political aspect of the film, as well as claims of inaccuracy/deliberate fabrication of facts, has led to suspicions of government propaganda.
However, the film has resulted in violent sloganeering at numerous movie theatres, with critics claiming that rather than mending wounds, the film has accidentally increased hate between the two populations. Social media is inundated with recordings of people using harsh terminology for Muslims both inside and outside of movie theatres, with a few using very inflammatory language and shouting loud shouts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also used the film to attack his political opponents and critics, claiming that those who oppose it are the ones who attempted to conceal the truth about the brutality inflicted on Hindus in what was India’s sole Muslim majority state.