The Kashmir Files, a movie directed by Vivek Agnihotri depicting the genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits, has been approved for release by the Censor Board of India, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has accorded the film an adults-only certificate. However, the film was subjected to 7 minor cuts.
A visual of the Indian national flag falling on the ground was asked to be removed. Similarly, the photo of an ex-Prime Minister of India in a dreaded terrorist’s house was deleted. The logo of a television channel was removed while the word ‘rape’ was blurred as seen on a university floor and wall poster at three places. The word ‘Disco CM’ was axed and the words ‘Pandit’ and ‘Hindu’ were deleted wherever these terms were associated with cuss words. Lastly, the name of the university, shown in the film, has been changed from JNU to ANU.
The writer and director of the movie Vivek Agnihotri exclusively told Bollywood Hungama that the CBFC had initially asked for a long list of cuts which he opposed and fought against. He said, “For instance, (the examining committee) had issues with the word ‘Islamic terrorist’. More than two dozen cuts were issued in all. However, I argued and showed them the documents and proof to support my point. Eventually, they allowed the film without these cuts. How can they dispute the facts after all?” Agnihotri said that it took him two months to convince the CBFC.
When asked about changing the name of the university to ANU, Vivek Agnihotri replied, “There were a lot of arguments done on this aspect. Then, I realized that changing the university’s name from JNU to ANU is not going to dilute the essence of the film. Also, I didn’t want to unnecessarily surround myself with court cases. Hence, I decided to make the change.”