The Kashmir Files, which was recently presented at the IFFI 2022 film festival in Goa, erupted into a significant controversy after Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid made some comments about it being a "propaganda" movie. While three significant jury members—American producer Jinko Gotoh, French film editor Pascale Chavance, and French documentary filmmaker Javier Angulo Barturen—have published a united statement endorsing Lapid's assertion, Lapid's position is still supported by these individuals. Sudipto Sen, the only Indian on the panel, has argued that while the members of the jury did not approve of the film in its aesthetic form, Nadav Lapid's views were his own.
The three IFFI 2022 jury members stated in a united statement that they "stand by" Nadav Lapid's remark and showed their support for it. “We stand by his statement. And to clarify, we were not taking a political stance on the film's content. We were making an artistic statement, and it saddens us greatly to see the festival platform being used for politics and subsequent personal attacks on Nadav. That was never the intention of the jury”, they said.
Sudipto Sen, on the other hand, told PTI, “As a board member, I stand by that we didn't award The Kashmir Files. We only awarded five films. This decision was unanimous. And we gave an official presentation to the NFDC and the festival authority. After that jury board's work is done. Now after that, if somebody goes in public and pick up one particular film and say something which is not expected, then that is his personal feeling. It has nothing to do with the jury board.”
For the uninitiated, The Kashmir Files discusses the departure of Kashmiri Pandits and is based on actual events. The movie, which was directed by Vivek Agnihotri, starred Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumar, and Mithun Chakraborty among others.