Whenever watching a scary or violent movie, thinking of it as fiction makes it more digestible right? But what about brutal movies based on a brutal reality? This is the case for The Kashmir Files, by the creators of The Tashkent Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri, based on the true story of the Kashmir Genocide in 1947. After all, not all Indian movies are Bollywood dances.
There are movies that might be loved or hated by the public but won’t generate political trouble around them. This is definitely not the scenario of a movie about a real Genocide. Hindutva activists, which follow an ideology of Hindu nationalism, launched slogans at the cinema claiming justice towards Kashmiri Muslims & Indian Muslims.
This is definitely a worth-watching movie due to all the historical & political content it has. Yet, the film arrived at cinemas on March 11th, but we know you pretty well, and you might already be wondering where to watch it online. Don’t worry, in this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this movie, including where to watch it online.
The Kashmir conflict refers to the territorial dispute between India & Pakistan over the region of Kashmir. Just to have some geographical context, this is located in the northwestern corner of the Indian subcontinent. Yet, this conflict also responds to the dispute between India & the People’s Republic of China over the Ladakh region of the same Indian State.
As many disputes around history, this is trouble caused by territory. The situation is Indians claim the entire former Dogra princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. However, they currently administer half the region already including Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, and Siachen Glacier. India’s claims are disputed by Pakistan, which controls a third of Kashmir, most of Azad Kashmir, and the north of Gilgit & Baltistan.
China, on the other hand, controls several regions of Kashmir known as Aksai Chin. Let’s keep in mind China also controls a part of the Karakoram Mountain Range, known as the Shaksgam Valley (ceded by Pakistan in 1963). But how does this become a genocide? Well, India & Pakistan have fought three wars over the territory of Kashmir in 1947, 1965, and 1999. Meanwhile, India & China clashed in 1962.
Again, India & Pakistan have also been involved in several altercations around the Siachen Glacier. Due to all these conflicts of interest, the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir has been plagued by several confrontations since the 1990s. The two main forces are the Kashmiri separatists & Pakistan Armed forces, which troubles have caused thousands of deaths.
The Kashmir tragedy has profound historical roots and has brought neverending cycles of pain, but does The Kashmere Files count as a genuine portrayal? According to the Indian Express movie review, “The film may not be interested in nuance but what stays with us are the flashed of genuine pain we see in the person of Pushkar Nath”. Now, where can the film be watched online?
Watch the film online
Even though there’s nothing like going to the physical cinema and watching a movie release, life rhythm sometimes just doesn’t allow the time to do it. Also, not all movies arrive in all cities and this can make a simple task like watching a movie a complex duty. However, with the virtuality advance that came with the pandemic, for some reason, people seem to start liking more online streams & releases.
The film was released in cinemas on March 11th, and you can surely torrent it already or find it online somewhere. However, the film’s official online streaming route starts through an OTT mediator and would be able to watch on its platform Zee 5 by April.
Have you watched the film yet? Do you think The Kashmere Files film is an accurate representation of the Kashmere Genocide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.