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IFFI jury chief criticism of ‘Kashmir Files’ is his personal view, says panel member Sudipto Sen

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Jury President Nadav Lapid had said that the film is ‘propaganda’ and that all jurors were shocked by its inclusion in the competition section of the festival.
International Film Festival of India jury President Nadav Lapid was speaking in his personal capacity when he described Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files as “a propaganda, vulgar movie” at the closing ceremony of the event on Monday and this did not reflect the view of the panel, said its only Indian member Sudipto Sen, on Tuesday.
In a tweet posted hours after Lapid made the remarks, Sen wrote jury members did not speak about their “likes and dislikes” at the official press conference of the event and the jury board’s presentation to the festival director.
On Monday, while criticising The Kashmir Files, Lapid had said that the movie was unworthy of being included in the film festival’s International Competition section. He had also said that “all the jury members” were “disturbed and shocked” by Agnihotri’s film, which explores the expulsion of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in the 1990s.

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