Director Vivek Agnihotri’s will make his next film on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. He annouced about his next project through Twitter. “Ok friends, its official, my next film is an investigation on Kashmiri Pundit issue”, the tweet read.
It will be an investigation, recording first hand testimonials of the victims and also the perpetrators, he said in a statement.
Last week, Agnihotri had tweeted, “More I read on Kashmiri Pandit exodus, I feel ashamed of myself. What was I doing in 1991? What had happened to me that I kept watching the direct attack on Hindu civilisation, shrinking of Hindu territory, culture in its own land? What made me so indifferent to my own identity?”
Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to move out of Kashmir Valley in 1990 due to militancy. For the project, director plans to meet as many Kashmiri Pandit refugees as he can from various parts of the country such as Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai and even abroad to get first-hand accounts of their stories.
“Kashmiri Pandits are homeless in their own country. This is the seventh exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir – their home. Since the WW II, there hasn’t been such a violent and barbaric ethnic cleansing anywhere in the world,” Agnihotri said in a statement.
“Children were killed with AK-47, women were raped, men were cut with wood cutting saw, houses were burnt. India’s most secular region was converted into an Islamic region controlled with Sharia law. My film is about the sinister politics behind it. Everyone is responsible for such tragedy. My film is about that,” he added.
His team has been working on the project since a year. “Now we are planning to form a ‘Project KP Commission’ where we will record first hand testimonials of the victims and also the perpetrators. This will be first of its kind effort in this issue anywhere in the world. I want a fair and unbiased investigation so that we can correct the prejudiced narrative,” he said.