‘Dragging my late wife Sunanda into this…’: Shashi Tharoor responds to Vivek Agnihotri and Anupam Kher’s Kashmir Files comments

MD Merajul IslamMay 11, 2022

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor responded to social media assaults by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and actor Anupam Kher, the 2 most distinguished faces behind the current field workplace hit The Kashmir Files, which Tharoor had described as a ‘movie promoted by India’s ruling celebration’.

Tharoor had tweeted in regards to the movie not securing a launch in Singapore, to which Agnihotri and Kher had responded by invoking Tharoor’s late spouse Sunanda Pushkar, a Kashmiri Pandit. They requested him to honour her reminiscence and never disparage the struggling of the Pandit neighborhood. Pushkar died in her New Delhi resort room in 2014.

With out naming both Agnihotri or Kher, Tharoor posted an announcement on Twitter and clarified that he hasn’t seen The Kashmir Information, and had merely tweeted info. “At no level did I mock or disparage the sufferings of Kashmiri Pandits, of whose plight I’m intimately conscious, and to which I’ve repeatedly drawn consideration over time,” Tharoor wrote.


“Dragging my late spouse Sunanda into this matter was unwarranted and contemptible. Nobody is extra conscious of her views than I’m. I’ve accompanied her to the destroyed ruins of her ancestral dwelling in Bomai, close to Sopore, and joined her in conversations together with her Kashmiri neighbours and mates, each Muslim and Hindu. One factor I do know, in contrast to these making an attempt to take advantage of her when she shouldn’t be round to talk for herself: She believed in reconciliation, not hate,” he added.

The latter a part of his assertion seems to deal with the talk across the movie, which has been criticised for misrepresenting info and fuelling divisiveness. Agnihotri has maintained that his intention was solely to shine a lightweight on a chapter in historical past that he feels has been ignored. The Kashmir Files turned a word-of-mouth hit earlier this yr, making over Rs 350 crore worldwide. It’s the highest-grossing Hindi movie in a yr that has grow to be infamous for delivering Bollywood flops.


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