‘I dedicate it to victims of terrorism’: Vivek Agnihotrion winning Nation Film Award for ‘The Kashmir Files’

Pallavi Joshi was also honoured for her work as a supporting actress in The Kashmir Files.

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the director of The Kashmir Files, has responded to the film winning the National Film Award in the ‘Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration’ category.

Pallavi Joshi, Vivek Agnihotri’s wife, also earned the prestigious prize for her role as a supporting actor in The Kashmir Files.

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Reacting to the film’s win, the director said, “I’m in the USA and early morning I got this news that The Kashmir Files has won the prestigious National Film Award. I’ve always said that The Kashmir Files is not my film. I was just a medium.”

“This film is the voice of the victims of terrorism in Kashmir. I dedicate this award to victims of terrorism, especially the Kashmiri Hindus. We worked very hard so that this film reaches everyone globally,” he added.

The Kashmir Files is a factual account based on video interviews with first generation victims of the Kashmiri Pandit Genocide.

Vivek Agnihotri wrote and directed the film, which stars Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumaar, Pallavi Joshi, and Chinmay Mandlekar. With almost Rs 300 crore in box office receipts, it became one of the top grossers of 2022.

Vivek Agnihotri released The Kashmir Files Unreported earlier this month, a presentation based on his research, archival material, and interviews for the film The Kashmir Files.

It is a seven-part ZEE5 series which features conversations with historians, experts, real-life victims and their families.