The Kashmir Files Unreported Review : A deep-dive and powerful tool for education, information and introspection
What: The Kashmir Files Unreported - woven together through real life anecdotes, survivor testimonies and archived footages, The The Kashmir Files Unreported (KFU) deep dives into the historical, ethnical, and geopolitical details, encapsulating the events, mistakes, crimes, and circumstances that led to the massacre and mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley in the 1990s. It goes on to portray the situation which led to the abrogation of Article 370 and its repercussions on Kashmir today.
The Kashmir Files Unreported Review
What was the truth? Was there a real genocide? What was the truth of the Pandits? Makers Vivek Agnihotri and Pallavi Joshi, while grappling with the genesis of the division drive, turn the “Satya-anweshi”, take us through numerous meaningful conversations with historians, experts, real life victims and their families.
That includes experts like Dr. Meenakshi Jain who was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 2020 for her work in the field of literature and education, Rakesh K Kaul who is the author of bestsellers ‘The Last Queen of Kashmir’ and ‘Dawn: The Warrior Princess of Kashmir’; Shesh Paul Vaid – the former Director General of Police of J&K; Manoj Raghuvanshi – ex TV journalist and the first journalist to do a lead story on terrorism erupting in Kashmir in July 1989; Dr. Tej Tikoo – Retired Colonel and veteran of 1971 Indo-Pak war and the author of ‘Kashmir: Its Aborigines and their Exodus’ among others.
While Agnihotri is more information oriented, Joshi lends the emotional gravitas to the horrific history that continues to elude and haunt us at the same time. She becomes teary-eyed many times, there is a discomfort in her voice indicating a lump in her throat.
The deep pain and agony that the Kashmiri Pundit community went through when they shared it with them , it was very difficult for them to listen to their horror stories not just because they were so impacted by the grief and the pain they have gone through but also because they started feeling very small, realising that this story not made known to us by the government, administration, media and others.
Pallavi says, “When we made The Kashmir Files, it was a 3-hour long film, yet it was only the tip of the iceberg. And when a section of society started saying that this is untrue and a propaganda film, we realized that the truth in its true and naked form needs to come out in front of the people”.
While rooted in the past, the 7-part docuseries sheds light on the present-day repercussions of past events and provides vital insights into the current state of events in Kashmir and the implications of the abrogation of Article 370.
The KFU is not just a series, it’s a powerful tool for awareness and education. It equips the viewer with knowledge of bringing light on the often-cornered historical events, thereby allowing them to comprehend and introspect the intricate forces that have shaped the religion and the mindset of the people there.
Going with 4 stars out of 5 for The Kashmir Files Unreported. The docu-series is currently streaming on ZEE5 Platform.