Singapore Likely to Ban The Kashmir Files

SRINAGAR: India’s super-hit movie, The Kashmir Files has not been cleared for screening in Singapore, reports appearing in the media said.

Film The Kashmir Files poster

“The authorities have assessed the Hindi-language film The Kashmir Files to be “beyond” Singapore’s film classification guidelines said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in a joint statement with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),” Singapore media outlet, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported.

The Vivek Agnihotri, Anupam Kher film is a super hit that collected more than Rs 330 crore so far against an investment of Rs 15 crore. It tells the story of the migration of Kashmiri Pundits in 1990 holds Muslims responsible for it and was recommended by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

“The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir,” CNA quoted authorities saying in response to the queries. “These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multiracial and multi-religious society.”

CNA said that under the Singapore film classification guidelines, “any material that is denigrating to racial or religious communities in Singapore” will be refused classification.

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