The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is based on the terrorism-related flight of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s.
According to a media report on Monday, The Kashmir Files, a Bollywood film about Hindus fleeing the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, may be banned in multi-racial Singapore because it is “outside” the city-film state’s classification criteria.
According to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in a joint statement with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Hindi-language picture is “outside” Singapore’s film classification rules (MHA).
“The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir,” the authorities told a multinational news channel.
“These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multiracial and multi-religious society,” they said.
Under the film classification guidelines, “any material that is denigrating to racial or religious communities in Singapore” will be refused classification, they added.
Agnihotri wrote and directed the film, it stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Joshi.