Jury members said that our views on this film do not have any political agenda. We are surprised that such a film is being shown in the festival and this platform is being used for politics.
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Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, who described ‘The Kashmir Files’ as an obscene and propaganda-spreading film, was severely criticized in the past for his statement. Even Israel’s Ambassador Naor Gillon and Israel’s Consul General Kobbi Shoshani scolded him for this statement. However, three jury members of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) have openly supported Lapid’s statement. These include American producer Ginko Gotoh, French film editor Pascal Chavans and French short film maker Javier Angulo Barturen.
Apart from these, Sudipto Sen, the only Indian among the jury members, has described Lapid’s statement as his ‘personal opinion’. Sen said that now if someone publicly chooses any one film and says something which is not expected. Then it is his personal views. It has nothing to do with the jury members. He said that whatever Nadav Lapid said about ‘The Kashmir Files’ was his personal opinion. Lapid was the Chief of International Jury of IFFI. He termed ‘The Kashmir Files’ as ‘an obscene and propaganda film’ at the award function organized on the last day of this nine-day film festival.
‘It was wrong to show such a film at the festival’
The remaining three jury members of IFFI said, ‘In this festival, jury chief Nadav Lapid made a statement on behalf of the jury members. We all were shocked and disturbed by the film “The Kashmir Files”, which we found to be really obscene and propaganda film. It was wrong to showcase such a film in such a film festival. We completely agree with Nadav Lapid’s statement. The jury members further said, ‘Our views on this film do not have any political agenda. We are surprised that such a film is being shown in the festival and this platform is being used for politics. Lapid is being criticized and this was never the intention of the jury.
Nadav Lapid said – I stand by the statement
Earlier, Nadav Lapid had said after all the criticism on his statement that he stands by his statement because he knows how propaganda is recognized in the form of a film. Lapid said it is not a crime to make a bad film, but the film directed by Vivek Agnihotri is “incomplete, deliberately distorted and violent”. Let us tell you that Agnihotri, writer-director of ‘The Kashmir Files’, along with some BJP leaders including Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Israel’s ambassador to India Naor Gillon and his ambassador to central-west India. Lapid was strongly criticized by Consul Kobi Soshani.
(with agency inputs)