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The Kashmir Files Review: ‘The Kashmir Files’ tells the pain of Kashmiri Pandits, Anupam Kher’s acting will be remembered for centuries

Vidhu Vinod Chopra tried to depict the suffering of the Kashmiri people through a love story in ‘Shikara’, but Vivek Agnihotri has tried to show a hair-raising different story through ‘The Kashmir Files’.

  • Movie – The Kashmir Files
  • Cast – Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar, Chinmaya Mandlekar, Puneet Issar, Mrunal Kulkarni
  • Director – Vivek Agnihotri
  • Rating – 3

In the year 2019, Vivek Agnihotri ‘s film ‘The Tashkent Files’ was released and the film proved to be a hit at the box office. The film also received two National Awards. After ‘The Tashkent Files’, now Vivek Agnihotri in ‘The Kashmir Files ‘In which he has brought the story of the massacre and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus in Kashmir in the 90s. In this film, there are great actors like Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, but at the same time, seasoned actors like Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumar will also be seen in the film. ‘The Tashkent Files’ was highly appreciated by the audience and critics, so now it has to be seen whether Vivek Agnihotri will once again win the hearts of the audience through ‘The Kashmir Files’? If you are planning to watch this film, then you can read this review before that.

What is the story of the film?

The story of the film revolves around the life of Pushkar Nath Pandit (Anupam Kher), a teacher from Kashmir. Krishna (Darshan Kumar) comes to Kashmir from Delhi, to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather Pushkar Nath Pandit. Krishna stays with his grandfather’s best friend, Brahma Dutt (Mithun Chakraborty). During that time other friends of Pushkar also come to meet Krishna. After this, the film goes into flashback.

It is shown in flashback how Kashmir was before 1990. This is followed by the painful story of Kashmiri Pandits being threatened and forced to leave Kashmir and their home in the 90s. Krishna does not know what difficult times his family must have gone through during that time. After this, the layers of the events of the 90s are revealed in front of him and it is shown what pain the Kashmiri Pandits went through during that time. The whole story revolves around this.


In the year 2020, a film named ‘Shikara’ was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. This film was also based on the massacre and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus. Vidhu Vinod Chopra tried to depict the suffering of the Kashmiri people through a love story, but Vivek Agnihotri tried to show a different story through ‘The Kashmir Files’. He has tried to narrate the story of Kashmiri Hindus in a deep and very harsh way through this film. He takes us to a completely different world. There are many such scenes in the film which will give you goosebumps. The film will keep you glued to your seat the entire time. The story of the film is good and Vivek Agnihotri seems completely successful in his work.


The acting of the actors has taken this film to a new height. Although Anupam Kher has won the hearts of the audience many times with his acting, in this film, Anupam Kher played the character of Pushkar Nath Pandit in such a way that the audience will be surprised. He once again proved that he is the most brilliant versatile actor in the film industry. At the same time, Mithun Chakraborty has also done full justice to his character. As a student leader, Darshan Kumar performed very effectively.

At the same time, talking about Pallavi Joshi, he got the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Tashkent Files’, and once again he proved that he is a strong contender for the award for ‘The Kashmir Files’ as well. Here also would like to praise the acting of Chinmay, who has left an indelible mark on the screen as Farooq Ahmed. Apart from these, the rest of the actors have also done full justice to their character.

Where is the shortcoming in the film?

The shortcoming we noticed in the film is its running time. This film is for 2 hours 50 minutes. A 30-minute cut could have easily been done in this film. In some places, the film looks quite cumbersome. It seems that an attempt has been made to forcefully drag some scenes of the film. Apart from this, the music of the film has also not sounded much. Had the background score been better, it could have taken the film to newer heights.

This film is not for weak-hearted people. If you have a strong heart then you should watch this film, because there are many such scenes in the film, seeing which you can close your eyes. Well, the film is good, you must watch it once.

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