Director Vivek Agnihotri engaged in a verbal dispute with MP Shashi Tharoor on Twitter on May 10. The war of words started after the former union minister said that ‘The Kashmir Files’ had been banned in Singapore as it was ‘provocative’ and ‘one-sided’.
Earlier in the day, Tharoor went on Twitter and shared a news article stating that the film supported by the ruling government is being banned in other countries.
Replying to this, Agnihotri who is the director of the film, shared a list of other films that were banned in Singapore but gained popularity worldwide. He then said that Singapore has the ‘most regressive censor in the world’. He then urged Tharoor to stop with the fun-making of a serious issue like Kashmiri Pandit’s genocide.
Dear fopdoodle, gnashnab @ShashiTharoor,— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) May 10, 2022
FYI, Singapore is most regressive censor in the world. It even banned The Last Temptations of Jesus Christ (ask your madam)
Even a romantic film called #TheLeelaHotelFiles will be banned.
Pl stop making fun of Kashmiri Hindu Genocide. https://t.co/QIxFjJW86U pic.twitter.com/kzodpI1CtL
Hey @ShashiTharoor,— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) May 10, 2022
Is this true that Late Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu?
Is the enclosed SS true?
If yes, then in Hindu tradition, to respect the dead, you must delete your tweet and apologise to her soul. https://t.co/3wgJQnkhVZ pic.twitter.com/98DPB4Gnj7
Reorting yet again, Agnihotri pointed out via a question that Tharoor’s late wife, Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu and said that the MP should delete the tweet and apologise to her soul. Furthermore, actor Anupam Kher who starred in the movie, shared a twitter thread of Pushkar’s tweets, asking Tharoor to be humane towards the issue.
Dear @ShashiTharoor! Your callousness towards #KashmiriHindus genocide is tragic.If nothing else at least for #Sunanda’s sake who was a Kashmiri herself you should show some sensitivity towards #KashmiriPandits & not feel victorious about a country banning #TheKashmirFiles! 💔 https://t.co/YwEsgYWgc4 pic.twitter.com/b7XRL46tIG— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) May 10, 2022
‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on the life of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, taking base from the first generation videos of the victims of the massacre. It shows the suffering, struggle and trauma who were caught in the Kashmir genocide.