Panaji: BJP Goa spokesman Savio Rodrigues on Tuesday slammed IFFI Jury Head Nadav Lapid over his criticism on the movie “The Kashmir Files” claiming it as an insult to the horrors faced by Kashmiri Hindus.
“The statement by filmmaker and IFFI Jury Head Nadav Lapid over The Kashmir Files made during the concluding ceremony is an insult to the horrors faced by Kashmir Hindus (in the past),” Rodrigues said in a media statement issued here on Tuesday.
Rodrigues said “You can critique a film artistically but to term the truth about the brutality faced by the Kashmiri Pandits propaganda is shameful.”
The BJP Goa spokesman said that he disagrees with IFFI 2022 Jury Head Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid views on ‘The Kashmir Files’.
“Having watched it twice. I did not find it to be ‘vulgar or a propaganda’. It merely stated a brutal truth about a brutality that happened to Kashmiri Pandits,” he said.
On Monday, in his address to the audience during closure ceremony of IFFI, Nadav had said ““We were, all of us, disturbed and shocked by the 15th film: The Kashmir Files. That felt to us like propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel totally comfortable to share openly these feelings here with you on stage. Since the spirit of having a festival is to accept also a critical discussion which is essential for art and for life.”
Reacting to the statement, Rodrigues offered to get Israeli filmmaker Lapid to interact with Kashmiri Hindus, “The Israeli filmmaker Lapid must be ignorant about the truth about the horrors that happened in Kashmir.”