NEW DELHI: Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on Thursday mentioned there was a world political marketing campaign in opposition to him and his movie ‘The Kashmir Files’ by foreign media shops which led to the Foreign Correspondents Club and the Press Club of India (PCI) cancelling his press convention.
Instead, the 48-year-old director held his press convention at a five-star resort within the coronary heart of the nationwide capital, lower than a kilometre away from the PCI. The intention behind the press convention, in keeping with Agnihotri, was to “debunk myths, accusations and influence of ‘The Kashmir Files'”.
“It is de facto unlucky that this anti-free speech, anti-truth exercise passed off in a authorities owned swanky bungalow or no matter that place is. This property is correct in entrance of the Supreme Court, which is the best temple of justice… My movie was denied the press convention which was initiated by the Foreign Correspondents Club, and in addition it occurred on the World Press Freedom Day,” the filmmaker mentioned.
“The identical day additionally they revealed a lot of studies on how India’s Press Freedom Index goes down. And, it provides me cause to consider that it is a propaganda. In truth, the liberty of press is curbed by the worldwide press, no less than in my case,” Agnihotri mentioned.
“The Kashmir Files”, which was launched throughout the nation on March 11, depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley within the Nineties. Though the movie, starring Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar, was known as out for its problematic politics by some critics and authors, it carried out properly on the field workplace by minting over Rs 350 crore.
Agnihotri mentioned he has causes to consider that “some agenda pushed worldwide media houses, who’re really political activists” are attempting to intervene in India’s politics and threatening its sovereignty.
The filmmaker mentioned worldwide media houses shunned the movie initially however when it turned a success, they began approaching him to speak about it.
“The line of query was solely Hindu-Muslim. Nobody, not even one bothered to ask me about all these victims. Not even one tried to ask me in regards to the details I’ve proven and whether or not they’re proper or mistaken. They had solely two phrases — Muslims and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. And, which provides me cause to consider that they’re agenda pushed,” he mentioned.
Agnihotri, who has usually in contrast his movie with Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning movie “Schindler’s List”, named the Hollywood filmmaker once more.
The individuals who did not report the “genocide of Kashmiri Hindus are upset with a movie being made on the genocide”, he mentioned.
“They do not have the center to ask the identical query to Mr Spielberg who made ‘Schindler’s List’. So, beneath this design, beneath this conspiracy, our press convention was cancelled,” Agnihotri added.
The movie’s detractors usually name it a “government-funded” film, one which promotes Islamophobia, however nothing could possibly be farther from the reality, the director mentioned.
“The movie turned a historic success within the first 4 days. By Tuesday, it was indeniable that this movie goes to create historical past. Until then not even one individual mentioned it is authorities supported. But when the prime minister spoke about it in a special context, out of the blue it turned authorities funded,” he mentioned.
The director mentioned the previous motion pictures made on Kashmir like ‘Fiza’, ‘Fanaa’, ‘Mission Kashmir’, ‘Dil Se’ and ‘Haider’ had been set within the 90s and tackled the difficulty of terrorism with out mentioning the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.
“They had been all made by massive manufacturing houses with the most important of the celebs concerned. Like, all these movies had been set within the Nineties. Not even one movie talked about something about Kashmiri Hindus, neglect genocide, as if Hindus by no means lived in that land,” Agnihotri mentioned.
He mentioned the ultimate moments of “The Kashmir Files” are essential of the present authorities as properly.
Agnihotri mentioned the film doesn’t promote Islamophobhia within the nation and moderately talks in opposition to “terrorism”.
“There is a world political marketing campaign in opposition to the movie. They blame us for Islamophobia. I categorically placed on report that Islamophobia is getting used as a political weapon in opposition to my movie beneath a world political conspiracy. The movie is definitely anti-terrorism. The movie doesn’t use even as soon as the phrase ‘Muslim’. The movie doesn’t use the phrase Pakistan or Pakistani. It’s an anti terrorism movie…,” he mentioned.
Asked about his subsequent movie “The Delhi Files”, which was introduced a number of weeks in the past, he mentioned the film will sort out the occasions which have occurred previously and are nonetheless taking place within the nationwide capital.
When requested whether or not he has donated Rs 200 crores from the movie’s revenue to PM Cares fund, the filmmaker retorted, “How can I donate Rs 200 crore? Which producer will get Rs 200 crore? It is just not attainable.”