The director of Kashmir Files Vivek Ranjan Agnihotric took to Twitter and responded to Anurag Kashyap, who recently said he didn’t want Vivek’s film to become India’s official entry for the Oscars. In a separate interview, Anurag said he has not seen the film due to differences in ideology. The Kashmir Files is based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the valley in the late 1980s. (Read also: Vivek Agnihotri says Anurag Kashyap tried to ‘sabotage’ Kashmir files)

On Twitter, Vivek shared a recent interview with Anurag Kashyap, where he had said he hadn’t seen the much-discussed film. Vivek wrote: “Look at the intellectual dishonesty of these people, they EVEN judge and judge your movie. The genius filmmaker says #TheKashmirFiles, which is about Hindu genocide, is not his ideology. Does this mean its ideology is that of the Brotherhood of Islamic Terrorists?”

The war of words started when Anurag discussed India’s entry for this year’s Oscars, saying that he didn’t mind any film except The Kashmir Files. He told Galatta Plus: “India could even be nominated in the last five if RRR is the movie they choose. I don’t know which movie someone is going to choose. I hope not The Kashmir Files.” Responding to the comment, Vivek tweeted: “Importantly, Bollywood’s vicious, genocide-denier lobby has begun their campaign against #TheKashmirFiles for #Oscars, led by the creator of #Dobaaraa.”

The Kashmir Files starring Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar. The film received mostly critical acclaim and emerged as one of the highest grossing Hindi films of the post-pandemic era. While the film was praised by many for highlighting a sensitive issue, some also criticized the film for its portrayal of Muslims as aggressors in the film.

Vivek also claimed that Anurag had attempted to “sabotage” the Kashmir files. He told India Today: “I have no problem with anyone criticizing the film. In every interview I say that I am the biggest fan of SS Rajamouli. Vijayendra ji (Rajamouli’s father and the writer of RRR) is a very dear friend of mine, like an older brother. Any movie can go for an Oscar, who cares. It’s the jury that will decide. So I wish this movie (RRR) is fine, but pointing out a particular movie that you’ve had trouble with in the past and tried to sabotage. Now running a campaign that it shouldn’t go for Oscars is ethically and morally wrong. I make my film very passionately so that I can protect it very passionately.”


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