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Embarrassment for govt, hate eventually gets called out: Cong on Israeli filmmaker’s criticism

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New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday attacked the government over Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s criticism of ‘The Kashmir Files’ at IFFI, calling it an “embarrassment” and saying that hate eventually gets called out.

The attack by the Opposition party leaders came after Lapid, the jury head of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), on Monday described the Hindi film as “propaganda” and “vulgar”.

“PM Modi, his govt, BJP, the RW ecosystem feverishly promoted ‘The Kashmir Files’, a movie rejected by the International Film Festival Of India. Jury Head Nadav Lapid called it ‘propaganda, vulgar movie – inappropriate for the film festival’,” Congress spokesperson and head of the party’s social media department Supriya Srinate said.

“Hate gets called out, eventually,” Srinate said in a tweet late Monday night.

In a tweet on Tuesday, another Congress spokesperson Shama Mohamed said, “International Film Festival Of India Jury President Nadav Lapid calls ‘The Kashmir Files’ vulgar propaganda. In a bid to polarise the people of India, the BJP govt went all out in promoting the movie, resulting in a huge embarrassment for India on the international scale!”

In his speech at the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022, Lapid said he was “disturbed and shocked” to see the film being screened at the film festival.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi shared a video link of the Israeli filmmaker’s speech.

“A sensitive issue of justice for Kashmiri Pandits was sacrificed at the altar of propaganda. This is a must listen segment at #IFFIGoa2022,” Chaturvedi said.

Actor Swara Bhasker, known for being vocal about her opinions, shared a link to the news story about Lapid’s remarks at the closing ceremony of the film gala.

“Apparently it’s pretty clear to the world…” Bhasker wrote in the caption.

Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das shared a news report on her Twitter page.

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