Calling the politician’s statements ‘crude and insensitive, Kher said that that CM Kejriwal was trying to do a ‘stand up comedian’s job’ at the State Assembly. In an interview with Times Now, Kher said, “After Kejriwal’s statement, I think every true Indian should go and watch this film in the theatre.”
He went on to add, “He was crude, insensitive and he didn’t think about the lakhs of Kashmir Hindus who were thrown out of their own homes, the women raped and people murdered. The people behind him were laughing and it was shameless. That was also happening in the state assembly…”
Sharing why he thought the CM’s comments were shameful, he said, “If he wants to have a political problem with the Prime Minister or the BJP, he should have just spoken about that. But to bring in Kashmir Files which the people are accepting, feeling guilty, and saying ‘We didn’t know this happened to us’…to say that it is a propaganda film or it is a lie I think it was shameful.”
Anupam also shared that while the politician is not making his film tax-free in the capital, he declared the Ranveer Singh sports drama ’83 tx-free. “He has not seen the film. It’s not that he hasn’t made films tax-free. Recently, he made 83 tax-free. He does believe that a film that is good should be made. But this film has gone beyond tax-free, it’s a movement. To rub salts on wounds of people who have suffered for the last 32 years is unbecoming of a chief minister. He was playing to the gallery, he was trying to do a stand-up comedian’s job over there… He should not come across as a caricature, he is a real person, he is an educated person, he is an IRS officer. Ek anpadh gawaar aadmi bhi aisi baat nahi karta hai (An uneducated person also doesn’t talk like this). It was not done.”
The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKDP) has also taken objection to Kejriwal’s recent remarks. They said that the ‘docudrama’ is based on personal testimony and meticulous documentation of community records.
“The entire world was shocked to see AAP legislators laughing and making a mockery of the story of Kashmiri Pandits‘ genocide. A simple request by the public to make the movie tax-free was hooted by the CM, who has past track record of granting such requests. Such discriminatory and hostile behaviour on an extremely serious subject is not becoming of the highest office in Delhi administration,” said Surinder Kaul, co-founder of GKPD.
Accusing the BJP of doing politics over the issue of Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus, the Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday asked how many of the displaced people returned to the Valley since the party came to power. The Aam Aadmi Party chief again suggested that the movie be put on YouTube and proceeds earned from it spent for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits.
Kejriwal said that concrete steps should be taken to ensure that Kashmir Pandits can return to their homes. He said ‘The Kashmir Files’ has earned about Rs 200 crore and alleged that the BJP is “making money on someone’s tragedy” through the film.
“This is a crime. The country will not tolerate this,” the chief minister said.
“The BJP is doing politics over the issue. We demand ‘The Kashmir Files’ film be uploaded on YouTube so that the entire country can understand the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. The money earned from it should be spent on the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits,” he said during the post-budget press conference.