'Kashmir Files': Envoy criticises Israel director's remarks

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NEW DELHI: Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid's disparaging comments over the inclusion of "The Kashmir Files" in the competitive section of the International Film Festival of India that concluded in Goa on Monday triggered a strong backlash with even Israel's envoy to India, Naor Gilon, calling them "insensitive and presumptuous".
Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Vivek Agnihotri, the director of the film, and its lead actor Anupam Kher also slammed Lapid even as the political opposition latched onto the Israeli director's remarks, as the chairman of the jury, as validation of their views that the movie was "BJP-backed propaganda".
As the Israeli filmmaker's comments ballooned into a political firestorm, the Israeli mission swung into damage-control mode. Ambassador Gilon said Lapid should be "ashamed" of abusing India's invitation to chair the panel of judges at Iffi and the trust, respect and warm hospitality bestowed on him. He said, "I'm no film expert but I do know that it's insensitive and presumptuous to speak about historic events before deeply studying them and which are an open wound in India."

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