Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files is doing outstanding at the box office. Despite being developed on a shoestring budget with no promotion and marketing, as well as a slew of problems, the film is exploding in theatres. On March 11, The Kashmir Files was released in theatres. The film is set in 1990 during the Kashmir insurgency and stars Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty.
Recently Vivek Agnihotri, in an interview, revealed that there were threats to his wellbeing after the controversial success of The Kashmir Files. “Yes, there have been threats. Recently two boys barged into our office when my wife and I were not there. Only a manager, a middle aged lady was here. They pushed her with the door, she fell they asked for me and then fled. I never spoke about this incident because I didn’t want such elements to get any publicity. I told them not to bother with the security. But they said they have to.”
The filmmaker won’t be flogging the ‘Files’ franchise further. “Coming up next is The Delhi Files and then I am done with the Files trilogy. No power on earth and no amount of money can persuade me to turn the Files into a franchise. It was always meant to be a trilogy. Nothing can change that. Those who know me from before would know that I’ve been making the films that I want to make for the last ten years. I am the last person who is going to think, ‘The audience is addicted to the franchise, so let’s make one more.’ I will never do that.”
As for The Kashmir Files being labelled anti-Muslim Vivek tells Bollywood Hungama, “Our intention was never to malign any community. I have not even spoken against Pakistan in my film. I believe my audience is intelligent enough to know that the villain in The Kashmir Files is terrorism. There is a line in my film where a character says even Muslims and other communities apart from Hindus are victims of terrorism. I will tell you one more secret. You remember the scene on a shikara where a Kashmiri tells Darshan Kumar what he (the Kashmiri) thinks about the situation. I told the Kashmiri to say everything that he feels. I told him to write the dialogues himself. That was a real Kashmiri Muslim boy who lives in Srinagar. And yet if the film is being branded anti-Islam then that’s politics. I am okay with that. What matters to me is that the film is reaching out and touching hearts. An 85-year old man and his 75-year wife who had never stepped into a cinema went to see The Kashmir Files. That is my real achievement. The film has gone to the villages now.”
The Kashmir Files is bankrolled by Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri under the Zee Studios, IAmBuddha and Abhishek Agarwal Arts banners.