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Adivi Sesh says Nadav Lapid’s comment about the Kashmir files was not in ‘great decorum’

Last updated: Dec 01, 2022, 5:48 PM IST

Adivi Sesh talks about Nadav Lapid's controversial comment on The Kashmir Files.  (Photos: Instagram)

Adivi Sesh talks about Nadav Lapid’s controversial comment on The Kashmir Files. (Photos: Instagram)

At the closing ceremony of the 53rd IFFI, held in Goa on Monday, jury chairman Nadav Lapid criticized The Kashmir Files.

Adivi Sesh has responded to the comment made by Israeli director and International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury president Nadav Lapid about The Kashmir Files. In a recent interview, HIT 2 actors were asked much the same when he said the comment was not in “great decorum.”

“We put background music in a scene that wouldn’t happen in real life, to manipulate the audience’s emotions to feel something. The question really becomes what everyone’s standard of emotional manipulation is. How far is too far? To each his own on that,” he said as quoted by Indian Express. However, the actor also added, “But what he feels or doesn’t feel is not for me to comment.”

For the inexperienced, at the closing ceremony of the 53rd IFFI, held in Goa on Monday, jury head Nadav Lapid had criticized The Kashmir Files, calling it a “propaganda, vulgar film.” “We were all disturbed and shocked by the 15th film: The Kashmir Files. That felt to us like propaganda, vulgar film, inappropriate for an artistically competitive part of such a prestigious film festival. I feel completely comfortable sharing these feelings openly with you on stage here. Because the spirit of having a festival is to also accept a critical discussion that is essential to art and to life,” he had said.

After being confronted about this, the filmmaker later apologized for his comments during a conversation with CNN News18. “I did not mean to offend anyone and it was never my intention to offend people or their relatives who have suffered. I apologize if that’s how they interpreted it,” he said.

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