If I don’t write today I will implode. I watched the Kashmir Files yesterday and I’m not okay.
I’ve been away from social media for a while, but I come back knowing that this is the one place where I can bare my soul. We are finally confronted with this extremely uncomfortable, truth etched in our civilisational memory.
I'd read it before, I knew the facts, the people, and the brutality they suffered - yet none of that prepared me for the visual shock and the visceral pain I felt as I watched the movie. It made my stomach churn - shock, anger, fear, pain, helplessness, hopelessness - all of that churned inside of me simultaneously, until it gave way to a stunned silence.
Ably supported by exceptional performances, @Vivekagnihotri has dared to go where no one has ventured before. As a movie, it is a cinematic experience that remains true to the horrors experienced by our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Agnihotri presents the truth in a way that makes it palatable while maintaining the necessary dignity.
I wept throughout the movie knowing that the facts of this genocide are crueler than anything we can possibly imagine! In reality, the character played by Sharda was held captive for ten days, forced to cook the rice, and then force-fed the rice mixed with the remains of her husband. I wept knowing the movie did not display the agony of the men who were nailed alive to the trees and the tilak they once sported on their forehead, sealed their fate. I collapsed into a heap knowing well that Girija Tikoo was brutally gang-raped before being chopped alive with a manual saw - she had two children.
Mithun Chakraborty keeps reminding us in the movie that this was not an exodus but a genocide. UN tells us that under the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:
Killing members of the group;
Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.