'Provocative, one-sided film': Singapore bans 'The Kashmir Files'

New Delhi: 

The Kashmir Files, a Bollywood movie on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley during the insurgence in 1990s, will be banned in multi-racial Singapore after the film was assessed to be “beyond” the city-state’s film classification guidelines, as per media reports. 

The authorities have assessed the Hindi-language film to be “beyond” Singapore’s film classification guidelines, said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in a joint statement with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

“The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the on-going conflict in Kashmir,” the authorities told Channel News Asia. Under the film classification guidelines, “any material that is denigrating to racial or religious communities in Singapore” will be refused classification.

“These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multiracial and multi-religious society,” they said.

The Kashmir Files released in theatres on March 12, 2022. The film emerged as the highest-grossing post pandemic Hindi film of the country.  Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the film received mixed reviews from critics. The Kashmir Files stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kummar among others. 


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