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The Kashmir Files Review: Unmissable, Real And Intense Cinematic Brilliance

The Kashmir Files is a must-watch: it is intense, thought-provoking and leaves you numb as the lights go on after the film ends.

THERE have been several movies in the past that have told us the story of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus, but none of them have been as hard-hitting and real as The Kashmir Files by the National Award-winning director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri. It comes as no surprise that the movie is currently at a 10/10 rating on IMDb.

This movie is sheer cinematic brilliance, but wasn’t easy to watch. It is so heart-wrenching, you’ll end up wishing it wasn’t based on real events.

The movie sees Krishna, played by Darshan Kumar coming to Kashmir from Delhi to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather played by Anupam Kher. Krishna meets his grandfather’s friend Mithun Chakraborty’s Brahma Dutt and stays at his house. He meets his grandfather’s other friends, a journalist, a police officer and others who also gather along to perform their best friend’s last rites. 

The movie then goes into a flashback and takes us to the infamous Kashmir exodus that took place about 32 years ago. Krishna, who is a youth leader hailing from one of the top universities of Delhi, is blindsided about his parents’ death.

With his professor urging him to fight for ‘Azaadi’ and for the rights of the Kashmiri Muslims living in the state, how the truth about his family and their past unfolds for Krishna forms the rest of the story.

The sufferings of the Pandits have been termed as a genocide, and depicts how despite all their sufferings and bloodshed, they did not take up weapons in their hands.

Without being a ‘leftist’ or ‘rightist’, this movie is one for everyone to watch. The movie is dark, with scenes that will give you goosebumps and keep you on the edge of the seat.

Brilliant performances by Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumar will make every scene in the film come alive and make it impossible for you to take a break even in the intermission.

Words fall short to describe the experience this Vivek Agnihotri directorial delivers. 

The Kashmir Files is a must-watch: it is intense, thought-provoking and leaves you numb as the lights go on after the film ends.

Cancel all your plans and watch this extraordinary and unmatchable theatrical experience this weekend.

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