Vivek Agnihotri with Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty relive the chilling moments from the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

The Kashmir Files Trailer Review: Vivek Agnihotri Relives The Chilling Moments
The Kashmir Files Trailer Review: Vivek Agnihotri Relives the Chilling Moments (Photo Credit – Movie Still)

A few hours ago, the trailer for the highly anticipated movie The Kashmir Files appeared online and it’s making headlines for all the right reasons. After The Taskent Files, Vivek Agnihotri is back with another chilling tale of the murders of Kashmiri Pandits and their exodus from the valley. Directed by Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty, the film also stars a cast of national award winners such as Pallavi Joshi and Prakash Belavadi. The film also stars a number of acclaimed names such as Darshan Kumar, Bhasha Sumbali, Chinmay Mandlekar, Puneet Issar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Atul Srivastava and Prithviraj Sarnaik.

The 3.5-minute trailer opens with a scene where Atul Srivastava asks his opponent, who plays the role of a Kashmiri Muslim during the genocide, how many Kashmiri pandits he has killed, to which he replies: 20-25. What’s more disturbing is that when Atul asks him if anyone asks him to kill his brother and mother, he says, “I’ll kill them.”

But soon we see Darshan Kumaar’s entry in the trailer and the chaos begins. The trailer then moves forward and sees the terror go to the top in the valley with terrible rallies and kills. Anupam Kher, who is himself a Kashmiri Pandit, looks astonishing when he describes ‘their’ Kashmir to Darshan. Mithun Chakraborty on the other hand, nails his character when he asks Darshan, “Kashmiri Pandits have been through so much too, but they never picked up a gun, why?”

National Award Winner Pallavi Joshi also looks strong in the trailer, which delivered her powerful performance with the utmost grace.

Well, unlike Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara, The Kashmir Files is touted as a shocking, compelling, and brutally honest film based on the true stories of the Kashmir Pandits genocide. What works in favor of the Anupam Kher starrer is that it doesn’t look like a love story like Chopra’s Shikara, which was sold along the lines of the Exodus from Kashmir, but ended up being a story of a young couple, who were part of those terrible times.

The first rushes of Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files are hair-raising, that’s certainly the roller coaster of emotions. Because it is such a sensitive subject, the filmmakers have provided a perfect picture of what the film consists of and what you can expect through the trailer.

We can’t wait for The Kashmir Files to hit theaters on March 11, 2022.

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