Anupam Kher disappointed after Kejriwal's comment on The Kashmir Files: 'Even an anpadh gawaar doesn't talk like this'

Updated on Mar 27, 2022 12:07 PM IST
Arvind Kejriwal's comment on The Kashmir Files disappointed Anupam Kher. He has slammed the Delhi Chief Minister and said his remark was unbecoming of a CM.  
Anupam Kher spoke about Arvind Kejriwal's speech in the Delhi Assembly. 
Anupam Kher spoke about Arvind Kejriwal's speech in the Delhi Assembly. 

Actor Anupam Kher has slammed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over his 'crude, insensitive' remarks on The Kashmir Files. In a new interview, Anupam said that CM Kejriwal was trying to do a 'stand up comedian's job' in the Delhi Assembly. He also added that Arvind Kejriwal shouldn't come across as a caricature. Criticising his The Kashmir Files comment, Anupam said that even an illiterate person doesn't talk in such a manner. (Also Read | Post Kejriwal’s 'upload on YouTube' comment, Anupam Kher tells fans ‘ab toh Kashmir Files cinema hall me hi dekhna’)

Earlier, the Delhi CM had said in the assembly, "They (BJP) are demanding that the movie be declared tax-free in Delhi. Upload it on YouTube, the movie will become free and everyone will be able to watch it. Some people are earning crores in the name of Kashmiri Pandits and you (BJP) have been sticking posters of the film.”

Speaking with Times Now, Anupam said, "After Kejriwal's statement, I think every true Indian should go and watch this film in the theatre. The only way you can give a resounding response to his insensitivity is by collecting more money and connecting with more people from Kashmir...He was crude, insensitive and he didn't think about the lakhs of Kashmir Hindus who were thrown out of their own homes, the women raped and people murdered. The people behind him were laughing and it was shameless. That was also happening in the state assembly...If he wants to have a political problem with the Prime Minister or the BJP, he should have just spoken about that. But to bring in Kashmir Files which the people are accepting, feeling guilty, and saying 'We didn't know this happened to us'...to say that it is a propaganda film or it is a lie I think it was shameful."

Anupam also added, "He has not seen the film. It's not that he hasn't made films tax-free. Recently, he made 83 tax-free. He does believe that a film that is good should be made. But this film has gone beyond tax-free, it's a movement. To rub salts on wounds of people who have suffered for the last 32 years is unbecoming of a chief minister. He was playing to the gallery, he was trying to do a stand-up comedian's job over there... He should not come across as a caricature, he is a real person, he is an educated person, he is an IRS officer. Ek anpadh gawaar aadmi bhi aisi baat nahi karta hai (An uneducated person also doesn't talk like this). It was not done."

Anupam had also tweeted after Kejriwal's remark, "Ab to dosto #TheKashmirFiles cinema hall me hi jaake dekhna. Aap logo ne 32 saal baad #KashmiriHindus ke dukh ko jaana hai. Unke saath huye atyachar ko samjha hai. Unke saath sahanubhooti dikhai hai. Lekin jo log is tragedy ka mazaak uda rahe hain, kripya unko apni taakat ka ehsaas karayein. #Shame (Now friends, watch The Kashmir Files only in theatres. You have become aware of the pain of Kashmiri Hindus after 32 years. You have felt the torture they went through. You have expressed sympathy for them. But those who are making fun of this tragedy, please make them feel your power. #Shame)."

Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files was released in theatres on March 11. It stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumaar, and others. It revolves around the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir valley in the 1990s. The film has been declared tax-free in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Haryana, and Uttarakhand. It has also earne

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