The Kashmir Files: Anupam Kher reacts to Kerala Congress statement on exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

new Delhi: actor Anupam Kher Recently released his film `. attended the press conference ofThe Kashmir FilesWith the film’s director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and actor-producer Pallavi Joshi in New Delhi on Monday.

The film made headlines in the late 1980s and onwards over the killings and forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley.

Amidst the buzz, the Kerala unit of Congress claimed in a tweet, which has now been deleted, that during 1990-2007, more Muslims were killed in J&K than Pandits.

Responding to this after the press conference, Kher told ANI, “The kind of love that this film has generated, the kind of people who are going to watch this film, what Kerala Congress has said is not important. I think they are trying to find out what is the opinion of the cast or director of the film. I don’t want to give them that happiness.”

He further said, “Our country has democracy, everyone has constitutional rights, so let them speak. But gradually it seems that no one is listening to them because they do not speak anything in the interest of the country. They do. Don’t talk about taking the country forward. There is destruction in everything they say, there is no constructive thing. So, why should we talk about people who have no love for the country and who No love for people living as refugees in their own country? I pity them. Unfortunately, they are in a very pathetic condition.”

Kher also talked about his important role in representing Kashmiri Pandits.

He said, “Kashmir Files is not just a film for me, it is a wound for me which has not been healed in life over the years and it can never be filled. The kind of life my relatives, friends lived for 32 years It is back, when they were thrown out of their homes, environment, jobs, city and villages. Later their tragedy was not accepted by the people of the country. I was representing all those 5 lakh people whose exodus 19 happened on January, 1990.”

He also shared his acting process of taking inspiration from his personal life.

He said, “Pushkar Nath was my father’s name and I kept this name in the film so before every shot, I thought about him how he would have reacted if he were in this situation. This thought process for me Became realistic.”

Kher concluded by sharing that he tried his best to feel the pain of the people he portrayed.

“I say without hesitation that my tears were real in every shot. After every shot, I have cried terribly. Not because of me, but because of all those people. After doing a scene, I would go to the hotel , eat. and take a bath, but what about the people I painted. Were they killed or did they run away in that truck or were their sisters and mothers raped? This thought makes my heart tremble. was,” he signed.

The film, which released in theaters on March 11, also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar and Pallavi Joshi in pivotal roles.

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