Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, 16 March, met with the team of the film The Kashmir Files, and hailed the movie based on the Kashmiri Pandit exodus of the early 1990s as a "bold representation of truth."
"Met with The Kashmir Files team today. The truth of the sacrifice, unbearable pain and struggle of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave their home in their own country has come to the notice of the whole world through this film, which is a very commendable effort," Shah stated.
"The Kashmir Files is a bold representation of truth. It will work to make the society and the country aware in this direction that such historical mistakes are not repeated. I congratulate the entire team for making this film."Amit Shah
This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meet on Tuesday, highlighted the role of the film industry in presenting history and praised The Kashmir Files, saying that there is an ongoing campaign to discredit it.
The film, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is based on the mass migration of the Kashmiri Pandit community from the Valley following communal atrocities, and stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Puneet Issar, Amaan Iqbal, and Pallavi Joshi, among others.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Tuesday that all state government employees are entitled to a half-day leave to watch The Kashmir Files in theatres.
Further, the states of Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat have declared the film tax-free.