Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri refrained from reacting directly to Israeli filmmaker and jury chief at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Nadav Lapid’s comments on his film The Kashmir Files. Instead, Agnihotri posted a cryptic post on Tuesday, and said that ‘truth is the most dangerous thing’ because it can ‘make people lie’.
Agnihotri wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, “GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness.”
Before, Agnihotri had compared making The Kashmir Files in the present climate to making Schindler’s List at the peak of Nazism in the 1940s. In a discussion with the New Yorker, the filmmaker had said, “It was unthinkable to make a film about the Kashmiri Hindu genocide. The cause was terrorism; everybody was terrified. But then we decided to do it. When Schindler’s List was made, the whole world appreciated it and people said, ‘Yes, you brought the truth out.’ But imagine making Schindler’s List when the Nazis were ruling. Imagine making it when Hitler was ruling. Now terrorism is ruling.”
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The lead actor of the film, Anupam Kher, also took to Twitter to share his two cents. He shared posters of The Kashmir Files, along with a still of the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List, and a few photos of the Holocaust. He wrote, “झूट का क़द कितना भी ऊँचा क्यों ना हो.. सत्य के मुक़ाबले में हमेशा छोटा ही होता है.. (No matter how big the lie may seem, it always falls small in front of the truth).”