The Kashmir Files actor-producer Pallavi Joshi calls Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid a 'genocide denier' for his IFFI remark, issues a statement amid controversy


Pallavi Joshi, who acted as well as produced The Kashmir Files, has reacted to Israeli screenwriter and film director Nadav Lapid's remark on the film. During the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, he called it 'vulgar' and a 'propaganda' film. In her statement, Pallavi hit back at Nadav. Her caption read, "Here is my official statement to Nadav Lapid. Jai Hind."

In her statement, Pallavi said, "For decades the international community remained silent on the sufferings of the Kashmiri Pandit Community. After 3 decades, the Indian film industry finally realised that it needs to tell India's story truthfully and objectively."

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Calling Nadav a 'genocide denier', Pallavi wrote, "Vivek and I were always aware that there are elements that would not like to see the stark truth on the screen, but it is very unfortunate that a creative platform was used for a political agenda to preserve an old, false and jaded narrative about Kashmir. We are overwhelmed by the way people of India rose to defend The Kashmir Files against the rude and vulgar statements of a genocide denier."

She further added, "I would like to assure our audience and supporters that The Kashmir Files remains a people's film. I also want to thank the Israeli Ambassador H.E Naor Gilon and the Consul General Shri Kobbi Shoshani for their support."

During the closing ceremony, Nadav told, "I would like to thank the head of the festival and the director of the programming for the cinematic richness of the programme, for its diversity, for its complexity. It was intense. We saw seven films in the debutant competition, and 15 films in the international competition, the front window of the festival. 14 out of them had cinematic qualities, defaults and evoked vivid discussions."

The Israeli envoy to India, Naor Gilon, slammed Nadav and apologised for his countryman's statement. In an open letter to him on Twitter, Naor said, "An open letter to #NadavLapid following his criticism of #KashmirFiles. It’s not in Hebrew because I wanted our Indian brothers and sisters to be able to understand. It is also relatively long so I’ll give you the bottom line first. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED."

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