The Kashmir Files has received harsh criticism from actor Prakash Raj, who referred to it as "one of the nonsense films." At a recent event, Prakash slammed the film's producer and the director, Vivek Agnihotri, as "shameless." The Kashmir Files, he added, is a "propaganda film."
The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, was one of the year's highest-grossing films. The movie, which was written by Vivek and made by Zee Studios, shows the 1990s flight of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir. Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Joshi were among the actors who starred in the movie. Produced in collaboration with Zee Studios by Pallavi Joshi and Abhishek Agarwal.
The Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters took place in Kerala during the past weekend, and Prakash was one of the speakers. At the occasion, Prakash remarked, "The Kashmir Files is one of the nonsense films, but we know who produced it. Shameless. International jury spit on them. They are still shameless. The other fellow, the director is still telling, ‘Why I am not getting Oscar?’ He will not even get a Bhaskar."
He added, "I tell you because there is a sensitive media out there. Here you can do a propaganda film. I know, according to my sources, they have invested around ₹2000 cr. only to make films like this. But you can’t fool people all the time.”
During the closing ceremony of the 53rd International Film Festival of India, Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid criticized The Kashmir Files, calling it "vulgar" and "propaganda."
He spoke, "All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files. That felt like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel totally comfortable to openly share these feelings here with you on this stage. In the spirit of this festival, can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life".
Vivek responded to the remark with a video that said, "I challenge all these urban naxals and the legendary filmmaker who came from Israel that if they can prove any single shot, event or dialogue is not completely true, then I will quit filmmaking. Who are these people who stand up against India every time? These are the same people who never allowed Moplah's and Kashmir's truth to come out."