Shashi Tharoor & Vivek Agnihotri involve in a word of war over ‘The Kashmir Files’ ban in Singapore

The controversy erupted after a former union minister tweeted that the film 'Kashmir Files' had been banned in Singapore for being "provocative" and "one-sided."

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The Bollywood film ‘The Kashmir Files’ may have been one of the year’s biggest successes, but the controversy surrounding it is far from done. On Tuesday, director Vivek Agnihotri and MP Shashi Tharoor engaged in a Twitter spat.

The controversy erupted after a former union minister tweeted that the film ‘Kashmir Files’ had been banned in Singapore for being “provocative” and “one-sided.”

Earlier today, the Thiruvananthapuram MP took to Twitter to say Tharoor took to Twitter to share a news article and wrote, “Film promoted by India’s ruling party, #KashmirFiles, banned in Singapore.”

In response to Tharoor’s tweet, ‘The Kashmir Files’ filmmaker Agnihotri published a list of popular films that were banned in Singapore but praised elsewhere, labeling Singapore the “most regressive censor in the world.”

“It even banned The Last Temptations of Jesus Christ (ask your madam). Even a romantic film called #TheLeelaHotelFiles will be banned. Pl stop making fun of Kashmiri Hindu Genocide,” Agnihotri wrote.

Things heated up as Agnihotri questioned if Tharoor’s late wife, Sunanda Pushkar, was a Kashmiri Hindu and suggested that the Congress MP delete his post and repent to his late wife’s soul. “Hey @ShashiTharoor, Is this true that Late Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu? Is the enclosed SS true? If yes, then in Hindu tradition, to respect the dead, you must delete your tweet and apologize to her soul,” Agnihotri wrote.

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Bollywood actor Anupam Kher too, waded into the spat by sharing a screenshot of a Twitter thread of the late Sunanda Pushkar and wrote, “Dear @ShashiTharoor! Your callousness towards #KashmiriHindus genocide is tragic. If nothing else, for #Sunanda’s sake, who was a Kashmiri herself, you should show some sensitivity towards #KashmiriPandits & not feel victorious about a country banning #TheKashmirFiles!” Kher posted along with a broken heart emoji.

After Anupam Kher and Agnihotri wrote back to Tharoor, he posted a statement. He urged them to not drag his late wife.

‘The Kashmir Files,’ on the life of Kashmiri pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency, is based on first-generation video interviews of victims of the Kashmiri massacre, making an account of their pain, suffering, struggle, and trauma.


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