Days after he made headlines for his response to Anurag Kashyap’s comment that The Kashmir Files should not be sent to the Oscars, Vivek Agnihotri has talked about his film being criticized by Dylan Mohan Gray. The Canadian filmmaker had recently tweeted that The Kashmir Files was “hate-mongering junk” and would be a “disgrace to India” if sent to the Oscars. Now, Vivek has responded by saying that “someone who is in Canada” could notice his film in the first place. Vivek added that he may not be a great filmmaker, but he understands politics. Read more: Canadian filmmaker says ‘hate-mongering crap’ will ’embarrass India’ if sent to Oscars

Recently, Dylan had said that The Kashmir Files is a “hate speech with no artistic merit” and added that Anurag Kashyap was right in trying to preserve what’s left of India’s good name, expressing hopes that the film would not be selected as India’s official entry for the upcoming Oscars. Responding to Vivek Agnihotri’s tweet about Anurag’s comment, Dylan tweeted on August 17: “Yeah, actually it’s (hate speech, revisionist) garbage with no artistic merit and will embarrass India even more if it’s ‘selected’ by the ‘neutral’ governance… Anurag Kashyap is just trying to preserve what’s left of the country’s good name.” Dylan created the Netflix docuseries Bad Boy Billionaires India which came out in 2020.

When asked about Dylan’s comment, Vivek told ETimes in a recent interview, “This is all lobbying and politics. My political acumen is better than most filmmakers. Itna credit toh mujhe do (please give me that much credit). I am “maybe not a great filmmaker, but I understand politics. Tell me, how did someone in Canada notice my film? That means someone is lobbying.”

In his original tweet to which Dylan responded, Vivek had written that “Bollywood’s genocide denier lobby” had started a campaign against his film. He had shared a screenshot of a news article quoting Anurag and tweeted: “Importantly: Bollywood’s vicious lobby of genocide deniers has begun their campaign against The Kashmir Files for Oscars, led by the creator of Dobaaraa (Anurag) .”

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files featured Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar in lead roles. The film received mixed reviews and emerged as one of the top-grossing Hindi films this year. It is the only Hindi film that has the A 300 crore barrier since the Covid-19 pandemic.


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