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The Kashmir Files banned in Singapore

Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the film is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. 

Anupam Kher in The Kashmir Files

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Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s blockbuster The Kashmir Files has been banned in Singapore as the authorities feel it could create religious tensions.

The country’s InfoComm Media Development Authority came up with this decision after consulting the ministry of culture, community and youth and the ministry of home affairs. 

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According to them, The Kashmir Files “exceeded the Film Classification Guidelines for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the on-going conflict in Kashmir. These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society".

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The film was initially banned in the United Arab Emirates but it was later cleared by the authorities without a single cut. The film’s rating in New Zealand was changed from R16 to R18 after the Muslim community in the country expressed concerns. 

Starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar, Chinmay Mandlekar, Pallavi Joshi, Bhasha Sumbli and Mrinal Kulkarni, The Kashmir Files is based on the exodus of Pandits from the valley in 1990. It tells the story of a university student (Darshan) who learns about his parents’ death during the exodus. 

The film, which is being streamed on Zee5, has been endorsed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and prime minister Narendra Modi, who stated that it is incumbent on those who fight for the truth to ensure that all efforts to present history in the right context are supported.