The success of The Kashmir Files has sent tremors across the national and shaken up Bollywood as well. Immense support has come from the YouTubers community also, who have taken a brave step by promoting the movie at the risk of losing subscribers.
In this era of online entertainment, one cannot overlook the impact that YouTubers can have on their massive fan following; they are hence, rightfully called, ‘influencers’. A star in his league, lifestyle vlogger Gaurav Taneja aka “Flying Beast” not only expressed his admiration for the film but also stated that the revelations he has had through this film will make him look at Kashmir in a new light.
While his fans hailed him for his decision, there was no dearth of haters either. Unfazed by the hate, Gaurav Taneja made a new announcement of organizing free shows of the movie for underprivileged people.
Another popular content creator Ashish Chanchlani took to his social media handles to acknowledge the undeniable success of the movie. An online troll accused him of making a ‘paid post’, to which he challenged the troll to visit the spot and witness the fandom of the film himself.
YouTuber “The Indian Polish Connection” who has roots in Kashmir and whose folks were among those who had to leave their homes to find safe refuge watched the film with his family. His parents, who retain traumatic memories of those dark times, reacted to the film with teary eyes and shared their own experiences with the viewers.
In the sports world, a proud Kashmiri, Suresh Raina encouraged fans to watch this heart-touching film and raise their voice for their right to justice.
Former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, a vocal Hindu, opted to be sterner in his reaction to The Kashmir Files. He slammed the Congress’ official handle for denying the Kashmiri Pandit genocide and religious cleansing, and said that what the film had shown was probably just a tip of the iceberg.
Though hesitant at the beginning probably due to fear of the secular-Islamist cabal which controls the film industry, many film celebrities and professionals finally found the courage to show their support for The Kashmir Files and congratulate the artists for their performances.
One of the first praises for the Vivek Agnihotri film came from fellow film director Aditya Dhar. Being a Kashmiri Pandit, in a heartfelt note shared through Twitter, the Uri director resonated with the audience of the film who came out crying from the theatre. “You might have seen numerous videos of Kashmiri Pandits breaking down in the theatres after watching #TheKashmirFiles. The emotion is real. It shows how long we kept our pain and tragedy repressed as a community. We didn’t have any shoulder to cry on and no ear to hear our pleas,” he wrote on Twitter while sharing an image that said “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it…That’s why we urge all of you to watch the upcoming film ‘Kashmir Files'”
His wife and Bollywood actress Yami Gautam also shared her support for the movie, empathizing with the atrocities inflicted on the peace-loving community which the majority of the nation is still unaware of. While she urged everyone to watch the film, the actress and her director husband were targeted by Hindu-hating trolls.
Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Rampal also acknowledged the success of the film, though the tweets sounded more like formalities; the sincerity in the message was absent.
Kangana Ranaut, being true to her personality, was extremely vocal in her appreciation of Vivek’s efforts and claimed that with this film, the otherwise anti-Hindu industry has redeemed itself. We only wish Kangana had greater consistency in her stance for Dharma and avoided working with a Hindu-hater like Munawar Faruqui in her reality show Lock Upp for Alt Balaji.
After being regularly questioned on why the film was not being promoted on The Kapil Sharma Show, Vivek Agnihotri disclosed he was told this was because the film ‘lacked big stars.’ There were some further revelations on this murky affair, but the bottom-line remains that such is the crass commercialization and soullessness of our star-struck Bollywood industry, that a heart-rending movie on such a forgotten yet important topic hardly got any promotion because of ‘lack of star power’. By the way, anyone who has watched the movie will tell you about the mind-blowing performances of ‘lesser known’ actors like Bhasha Sumbli who are thousand times better than the the wooden expressions and hamming of our ‘stars’ like Katrina, SRK, Akshay etc.
Another personality from the industry that openly praised Vivek Agnihotri for the movie was maverick director-producer Ram Gopal Varma.
While a rather coy Bollywood was slowly ending its silence, perennial Hinduphobe Gauahar Khan made a cryptic tweet taking a dig at the film which showcases a small part of the atrocities meted out to Kashmiri Hindus by Khan’s fanatic and indoctrinated co-religionists.
Film critic Kamal R Khan was also perturbed by the success of the film which exposes the radicalization of Kashmiri Muslims and their collective brutality on the Hindu minority. He wondered if a film on Gujarat riots would get similar success, and said “this is the truth of today’s India”.
Such uninformed reactions are not surprising as Muslim victimhood has been propagated from every nook and corner of the secular Indian state. What is conveniently forgotten is the horrific event that sparked the Gujarat riots, and the fact that there is a difference between a ‘riot’, i.e. violence between two sides, and a one-sided genocide & religious cleansing in which an entire community is driven out permanently. The Gujarat Police fired at rioters from both sides, Army was called out on the day the Gujarat riots broke out. No such action was taken when the targeted killings and rapes of Kashmiri Hindus were happening; forget acting to save them, the Indian State has refused to even acknowledge the true depth of what this community underwent and the Supreme Court continues to deny them justice to this day.
Known propagandist from Bollywood, Swara Bhasker, much like Gauahar Khan tried to negate the film without taking names, but through some obvious references.
While they were slammed for their insensitive remarks, one must not be too shocked at such remarks from this ilk. With every inconsiderate remark, they expose the innate inhumanity and hate for Hindus in the darkness of their soul, some more. Hindus should see them and recognize the enemy within.
Of course, the liberal-secular, soft Hinduphobic cabal that controls the top rungs of the industry – the likes of Karan Johar, Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman, Farhan Akhtar, Aditya Chopra, Sajid Nadiadwala, Kapoors etc – and whose heart often bleeds for Pakistan, have strategically avoided any comments on The Kashmir Files. But this silence also speaks volumes.