We rarely see movies like, The Kashmir Files being produced by an Indian director, which Vivek Agnihotri and the star cast of the movie reaped to life.

A straight , gripping movie that will make you cry, angry and feel helpless by the end of the movie.

The movie talks about the genocide, that was carried out by JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) , that targeted the kashmiri pandits.

The movie has stirred quite a commotion amongst , several elements of India and received some aggressive criticism by some people.

Even after all that the movie had grossed about 193 crores in 10days , which says a lot in itself.


The portrayal of Kashmir in The Kashmir Files, is captivating and horrific .

You get to see picturesque terrain shots of Kashmir in between the brutal violence happening in the live of the characters.

The Kashmir terrains seem so pure and calm , in contrast to the bloody brutality taking place that it makes you wonder.

How low will humanity descend?

Other than the beauty of Kashmir we also get a peek into the culture, food and architecture or Kashmir.

The violent scenes in the movie are very candid, they show the sadistic way the JKLF killed the masses, in the name of LIBERATION.

There is a scene in the movie, where we see 3 people, who basically represented three major pillars of a country, the media , the police, and health care fight and blame each other for the genocide.

This scene aptly represented the helplessness they felt, while not being able to help the Kashmiri Pandits.

Throughout the movie, we realize how meddling with words and diplomacy try to manipulate with the public’s minds.

What we see in media is a fight between narratives.

While there is a narrative that shows the reality, of the killings that were definitely done on a communal basis.

There is another narrative that show the murderer’s that killed on the communal basis as a freedom fighter.


A constitutive part of The Kashmir Files are the dialogues.

Most dialogues in the movie holds the weight of reality.

The dialogues in the movie are poetic yet  simple .

The candidness in every dialogue is extremely refreshing to hear.

One of the dialogue’s of Professor Radhika’s (PallaviJoshi) with Krishna explains politics in the simplest yet harsh to believe way.

The dialoguesin pashto by the characters playing the Kashmiri locals are delivered so effortlessly expressive that, you don’t even need to look at the subtitles to know what they mean.

Especially the scenes where Pushkar Nath Pandit (Anupam Kher) and Sharda Pandit (Bhasha Sumbli) , we really get a glimpse of the helplessness and lack of hope the Kashmiri Pandit’s must have felt.

Through the character of Pushkar Nath Pandit, we see the yearning one has for their home when it’s snatched away from them.

The message

The movie will make you question the denotion of some words such as JUSTICE and AZADI (freedom) .

While we saw several news channels and news reporters defend the Hindu genocide , by insinuating that the Kashmiri pandits were deserved what happened to them.

The Kashmir Files slaps the truth on such insensitive “news channels” and “reporters” who have been feeding these false narratives to the public.

Misinformation is the biggest threat to justice.

Here are some things some Kashmir genocide survivors had to say about the movie.

This person was 27 when the genocide happened, he is a kashmiri pandit.

While he worked for a multinational  company in Mumbai, his family lived in Kashmir.

As he had a job outside Kashmir thus it was easier for him and his family to relocate.

He described the movie as……

Although the movie is very accurate the brutality shown in the movie is barely 5% as horrific as the actual genocide was.”

I am glad that finally someone actually showed what happened, despite the false narratives amongst people about how their was no Hindu genocide.

The person prefers to remain anonymous.

Another eye witness of the after effects of the genocide, a soldier who also would prefer remaining anonymous said…

“We soldiers see dead bodies on a daily basis, they don’t spook us, but when we would see the dead bodies of 10-12yr old girls on the road side, who had been brutally raped and had bite marks all over them.

Those visuals still give usgoosebumps”

It is shameful to see people trying to neglect and criticize The Kashmir Files, by calling it a propaganda movie.

The movie will never be able to give back, what was taken away from the victims, but calling a genocide a lie or saying we should forget about it is disrespectful towards the victims of the genocide.

Also Read – “Will Kashmir files shift indian audience towards content driven cinema ??”

Reference – https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/29/the-great-divide-books-dalrymple



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