Before its release, the combined
forces of the leftist, liberals and the Islamic cabal had burned the
midnight oil to sabotage the film. Petitions were filed seeking a ban on
its release. For a nation that thrives on movies and produces a
colossal number of feature films annually, the mammoth efforts put into
halting a film’s release may appear odd. But this was not just another
The Kashmir Files is a movie based on the true incidents of
horror that the Hindus of Kashmir were forced to experience during the
Hindu Genocide of 1990 by Islamic jihadis.
Back in 1990, there was a Hindu woman in Kashmir named Girija Tickoo.
She worked as a librarian; she was on her way to collect her paycheck
when she was thrown
into a taxi by five men, one of whom was her colleague. She was
tortured and raped, and a carpenter’s saw was run through her, cutting
her in half while she was still alive.
A Hindu professor, KL Ganjoo, was dragged
out of his car, beaten, and shot dead. His body was flung into the
Jhelum river. His wife was abducted, raped and killed; her body was
never recovered, and the police reports never mentioned her. A Hindu
shopkeeper, PN Kaul, was skinned alive and left to die a slow and
The grotesque killing of telecom engineer BK Ganjoo reveals
the fact that the local Muslims were working hand-in-glove with
jihadis. When jihadis knocked on their door, Gangoo and his wife hid in
large drums used for storing rice. The jihadis tore the house apart but
failed to find them. They had decided to leave when their Muslim
neighbor, who had seen the whole thing, helped the jihadis find the
couple. Ganjoo was shot dead; his wife was forced to eat rice soaked in
Sarwanand Koul Premi, a school teacher and litterateur, always sported the tilak
(a Hindu religious symbol) on his forehead. He must have sensed death
approaching when jihadis took him and his son away one evening. But the
killing of this father-son duo would put humanity to shame. A deep hole
into Premi’s forehead where he wore the tilak. There were innumerable
cigarette burn marks on their bodies; their eyes were gouged out; and
their bodies were fastened to a tree.
No one was punished.
This was the pre-Internet era, when the people of an entire nation
depended on a 15-minutes news telecast – one in the regional language,
one in English – to get their daily dose of information. In a country
ruled by a pseudo-secular government, the news was also highly regulated
by government norms. People in the rest of India, though aware of some
flare-ups in the valley, stayed completely oblivious to the intensity of
the atrocities Muslims meted out to the Hindus.
Nevertheless, the Kashmir insurgency became a subject of fascination
for many people; movie-makers exploited the appeal of this chaos to the
fullest, albeit with a secular makeover, romanticizing the Islamic
A handsome Muslim boy has suffered at the hands of the Indian
Army. Or, he is poor and was led to the path of terrorism inadvertently…
he meets a beautiful belle… he has a change of heart… he sings and
dances around trees.. and… you get the typical Bollywood jazz.
The makers of The Kashmir Files have trashed this forced
illusion and flashed the torchlight of truth upon the bloodstains of the
Hindus in the valley. The director, Vivek Agnihotri, minced no words in
calling an Islamic jihadi exactly what he was: a terrorist, driven by
fanatic religiosity that aimed at establishing a land for the Muslims in
Kashmir, without the Hindus.
This has irked the left-liberal-Islamic coterie, and triggered them
to initiate a well-synchronized campaign against Agnihotri’s endeavor.
One Intezar Hussain Sayed from Uttar Pradesh filed a petition
before the Bombay High Court, seeking to stop the release of the movie,
because the movie would “hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim
community … inflame members of the Hindu community … triggering violence
in all parts of India.”
Though it was Islamic jihadis who terrorized Hindus during the ethnic
cleansing, speaking about it would hurt Muslim sentiments? These
sentiments were not hurt when the Islamic terrorists were sawing Hindus
in half in the name of their religion? The innate hypocrisy that defines
this ilk was the general tendency of India for three decades. It was a
welcome change to see the court quash this indecent petition.
While most of the Over-The-Top (OTT) media platforms have maintained a
considerable distance from the movie, the director alleges that a
leading OTT platform had demanded that she leave out the references to
“Islamist terrorists” and insert some dialogue referring to “Hindu
terrorism.” Wouldn’t that turn the victims of the genocide into
perpetrators? The propaganda-producing entities couldn’t care less.
The mainstream media and film critics have unabashedly written off
the film. The masters of the trade have kept numerous theater owners
from showing the film, and malpractices are being reported from ticket
counters. But the truth finds its way out; frustrating their relentless
efforts, The Kashmir Files has recorded phenomenal success in
exposing the Islamic barbarity in the valley.