The Kashmir Files at IFFI: Row over Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s comment

Israel’s envoy to India has apologised for comments made by Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid on a controversial Bollywood film on Kashmir.

Nadav Lapid, jury chief at the International Film Festival India (IFFI), criticised the inclusion of The Kashmir Files at the event.

Describing the film as “propaganda”, he said he was “shocked” that it was included in the competition category.

A huge commercial hit, the film had sparked controversy during its release.

Set during the exodus of Hindus from Indian-administered Kashmir in the 1990s, the film tells the fictional story of a university student who discovers his Kashmiri Hindu parents were killed by Islamist militants.

In the 1990s, thousands of Kashmir Pandits – a minority group in the region – fled their homes during an armed insurgency against Indian rule which began in the late 1980s. Many who fled the Kashmir Valley never returned.

After Mr Lapid’s comments generated a huge backlash on social media, the IFFI jury board said his…

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