The director Vivek Agnihotri, whose movie “The Kashmir Files” was one of the few rare hits from Hindi cinema in the previous year, has referred to his film as a “people’s film.”
The film was recently honoured at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. It is a documentary that sheds light on the Kashmiri Pandit genocide that occurred in the early 1990s in the Kashmir Valley.
The director’s statement in response to ‘The Kashmir Files’ winning the award for Best Film was as follows: “I am overwhelmed with joy and appreciation that I was given the Dadasaheb Phalke International Award. The list of those who helped create this movie could go on and on forever because there are so many people to thank. Because of this, I referred to it as a “people’s film.” This award is given in honour of each and every victim of religiously motivated violence anywhere in the world.”
The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival is not to be confused with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is considered to be the most prestigious honour bestowed in the field of cinema in India. This award is given out at India’s National Film Awards ceremony each year by the Directorate of Film Festivals.
Pallavi Joshi, who is not only married to Vivek but also serves as the film’s producer and has a role in the movie, revealed the following: “The entire cast and crew of “The Kashmir Files” should feel extremely honoured to have been selected for this award. I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the people of India for making this movie such a smashing hit. We gratefully acknowledge this honour bestowed upon us. Because of this validation, all of the difficulties and suffering that we went through in the process of making this film were worth it “.