The Kashmir Files: A Tale Of Cruelty And Inhumanity That Made People Homeless

Prachi SharmaMar 12 . 7 min read

Finally, the wait is over for the much-awaited film of the year. This film is all about the Kashmiri Pandits. And the film is titled The Kashmir Files. A lot of directors and producers made an effort to depict the true story of Kashmiris. But, this film is something else. The Kashmir Files director, Vivek Agnihotri, is a Kashmiri too. So, he has some sentimental connection with the theme and the place.

The Kashmir Files movie comes under the genre of Drama. It is a Hindi language film. All the production and copyrights of the film are under the Zee Studios. Earlier, the makers of the film had planned the release of the film for the 26th of January 2022. But, amid the excitement of the film, the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, got spread. Hence, The Kashmir Files release date got postponed. And, now, finally, all of us have witnessed the theoretical release of the film on the 11th of March 2022.

The Kashmir Files cast includes the big superstars of the film industry. These big names are Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, and Darshan Kumar. The governments of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have announced the release of the Kashmir Files movie as tax-free. The Kashmir Files IMDb ratings are record-breaking, which is 10/10.

The Kashmir Files director, Vivek Agnihotri is not only the director of the film but the writer and producer too. The producers of the film are Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, and Pallavi Joshi, under the banner of Zee Studios. The Kashmir Files trailer is available on Youtube.

The running time of the film is 170 minutes i.e., approx 3 hours.

The Kashmir Files cast:

  • Mithun Chakraborty as IAS Brahma Dutt
  • Anupam Kher as Pushkar Nath Pandit
  • Darshan Kumar as Krishna Pandit
  • Pallavi Joshi as Radhika Menon
  • Chinmay Mandlekar portrayed the character, Farooq Ahmed Dar (Bitta Karate)
  • Prakash Belawadi as DGP Hari Narain
  • Bhasha Sumbli as Sharda Pandit
  • Sourav Verma as Afzal
  • Mrinal Kulkarni as Laxmi Dutt
  • Atul Srivastava as Vishnu Ram
  • Prithviraj Sarnaik
  • Amaan Iqbal as Karan Pandit

The Kashmir Files movie production efforts:

The plot of the film revolves around the migration of the Kashmiri Pandits observed between the 80s and 90s. The Kashmir Files director met about 700 migrants. Vivek recorded the statements to get to know the reality that led to the exodus.

During the shoot, both the Kashmir Files cast and crew faced a lot of difficulties. As per the reports, the producers had to halt the shoot because of the covid-19 in the year 2020. Then, one of the actors was disowned due to his controversial statement. When the shoot was resumed, Mithun Chakraborty could not come to the set because of his stomach ailment. When the shoot was almost complete, Vivek Agnihotri's leg got fractured. Hence, the film has come out to the theatres after crossing the path full of difficulties and problems. But, even after so many difficulties, the Kashmir Files cast has given a mind-blowing performance.

The Kashmir Files movie plot:

The storyline of the film is given by Vivek Agnihotri and Sourabh M Pandey. the movie is set in the 1990s. In the times, about a half-million of the Kashmiri Pandits were tortured by the Islami gangs. The brutal actions even led to the death of a judge from the Srinagar High court. There were murders and rapes all over the place. The Kashmiri Pandits had no option but to run away. Or else, they could stay there and hand over themselves to the gangs only to get shoot and humiliated.

The film kickstart with the commentary of a cricket match. A Hindu boy, Shiva gets beaten up by some of the Muslim boys. They were asking that boy to shout Pakistan Zindabad. Another boy, Abdul helps Shiva in running away to protect himself. Just after the incident, Muslims set the houses of Pandits on fire. They were threatening them to either accept Islam or die.

The Kashmir Files cast has depicted the story that makes it look like the real one.

Next, we see, that some of the terrorists knock at Anupam Kher's house. Seeing the same, Sharda hides her husband behind a drum. But, all her efforts were in vain. The group of terrorists set the drum on fire. Sharda has to eat the rice soaked in his husband's blood to save her family. The heart sinks on watching this horrible scene.

The Kashmir Files movie leaps here. Sharda's youngest son, Krishna has grown up and is a student at JNU. The professor, Radhika Menon brainwashed him. But to his grandfather's last wish, Krishna travels back to Kashmir to put his grandfather's ashes at his home along with some of his good friends. They were IAS, DGP, and journalists. Here, Krishna comes across the harsh truth. He decides to reveal the same to everyone.

Before the interval of the Kashmir Files movie, Shiva, Krishna and Sharda could be seen migrating to another place along with other Kashmiri Pandits. They all had to leave their hometown only to save their families. The migrants did not bring their belongings with them. That time, they could only think about their lives.

They all could be seen living at Purkhoo in tents. Later, these tents were converted into quarters. Many people died by then as they became prey to the snake bite or the scorching heat. The Kashmir Files cast has portrayed the characters with such honesty that the viewers feel the pain and suffering.

The climax of the Kashmir Files movie provides proof of inhumanity. The leader of the terrorist group, Bitta, strips off the clothes of Sharda in front of all the people. Then, he cuts Sharda's body into two pieces.

All the scenes portrayed in the film are not fictional but real. The makers of the film have recreated the scene of the Madimarg massacre that was all about the killing of about 24 Kashmiri Pandits in the year 2003.

The Kashmir Files cast acting reviews:

The running time of the Kashmir Files trailer is about 3 minutes and 33 seconds. The trailer of the film can be watched on Youtube and Zee5. The Kashmir Files release date was revised to be March 11, 2022, after the outbreak of the Covid-19.

However, the Kashmir Files movie has been a great effort to depict the true story behind Kashmiri Pandtis' exudes from their hometown.

The Kashmir Files IMDb ratings are 10/10. It is like once in a blue moon that a film story is too strong to get this much appreciation from the critics and the audience. The Kashmir Files cast has compelled the critics to give a positive response.

The film ends with a dialogue, "Kashmir's truth is that much true that it sounds like a lie."

Here is the trailer of the film:

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