Singapore has banned the Bollywood film The Kashmir Files because authorities have said the film was deemed to fall outside the city-state’s film classification guidelines.
Infocomm Media Development Authority said in a joint statement with the Department for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that the film will be banned for its aggressive and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and depictions of Muslims being Hindus in the prosecuted in the escalating crisis in Kashmir.
Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files was released in March and has received mixed reviews ever since. The film is based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Muslim-majority valley in the 1990s due to terrorism.
Authorities went on to say that in our multiracial, multi-religious culture, these depictions have the potential to incite hatred between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious peace. Under the film classification guidelines, any material that denigrates racial or religious communities in Singapore will be denied classification.
During a recent press conference, Vivek Agnihotri said that part of the international media seeks an international political campaign against his film The Kashmir Files.
Vivek Agnihotri was joined at the conference by his wife, the acclaimed actress Pallavi Joshi, who said that every major player defaming India’s reputation around the world without checking the facts started calling me and their main line of inquiry only Hindu-Muslim. No one, not even a single person, bothered to ask about the victims I interviewed for my film. Not one person tried to question me about the facts I presented in the film and whether they were right or wrong, he said.
He went on to say that the international media is waging a political campaign against the film. They accuse us of fueling Islamophobia. I state unequivocally that Islamophobia is being used as a political weapon against my film as part of a global political conspiracy, Agnihotri said. The film is anti-terrorist in nature. The word “Muslim” never appears in the film. The words Pakistan and Pakistani are not used in the film. It’s an anti-terror film, he concluded.