A filmmaker recently called Vivek Agnihotri’s Kashmir files garbage and embarrassment for India. In a recent interview, Vivek Agnihotri speaking about the campaign to not sent Kashmir files to Oscar said, “There have been ideological differences in Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan was in Congress, Dharmendra in BJP, and Jaya Bachchan was in Samajwadi Party but still, people have worked beautifully with each other. But here the problem with The Kashmir Files is that certain sections of Bollywood, media and a whole lot of other places didn't want this film to be made. Once it got made, they didn't want it to be released. Once it was released, they didn't want it to be successful. And now they are coming out and saying it shouldn't go for Oscars.”
“I don’t have a problem with anybody criticizing the film. In every interview, I say I am the greatest fan of SS Rajamouli. Vijayendra ji (Rajamouli’s father and RRR’s writer) is a very dear friend of mine, like an older brother. Any film can go for Oscar, how does it matter? It’s the jury, which will decide. So wishing this film (RRR) goes is fine but pinpointing a certain film with which you had problems in the past and you have tried to sabotage it. Now you are running a campaign that it should not go for Oscars is ethically and morally wrong. I make my film very passionately so I can protect them very passionately.”
The Kashmir Files was released in theatres on March 11 this year and had a slow start, making just over ₹3 crores on day one. But it grew strongly via word of mouth, finishing with a lifetime haul of ₹340 crores. Its ₹15-crore budget means it is one of the most successful films in Indian cinema history. The film is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the late-1980s. While the film received critical acclaim for the portrayal of a sensitive issue, many also criticized it for its lack of objectivity in depicting the conflict.