The Kashmir Files has been picked as the opening film at several film festivals, including the Mumbai Film Festival, and has already won the award for Best Film at the Mumbai Film Festival. Is this drama that explores an exodus worth all of this praise? Let’s take a look. The Kashmir Files Review – Drama that explores an exodus


The Kashmir Files is a powerful drama that brings alive both sides of a conflict- one side being a militaristic army and another side being civilians whose lives are being destroyed by said army. The story line of The Kashmir Files is extremely moving, but it does drag out for way too long. It’s all over for about an hour and thirty minutes (1:30), but I didn’t feel like any time passed at all.


Director Vivek Agnihotri has selected a subject that is close to his heart. He attacks it with passion and most importantly, honesty. The film digs deeper than any other film in recent times to explore what happened to people from both sides of India and Pakistan at that time and how it continues to affect their lives today.

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It has been noted in several reviews (see External links) that Arjun Kapoor, Prakash Raj and Naseeruddin Shah deliver powerful performances. The film had a good opening at multiplexes and did decent business at single-screen cinemas too. A week after its release, it was declared as a flop by Box Office India. The Kashmir File earned 30 crore in two weeks while its budget was 60 crore (equivalent to $13 million).

The Kashmir Files Review - Drama that explores an exodus
The Kashmir Files Review – Drama that explores an exodus

Music & Lyrics

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One of Agnihotri’s fortes is camera work, and The Kashmir Files does not disappoint. The camera work is vibrant, capturing every moment vividly without being overbearing. It’s a shame we don’t get more close-ups in most scenes – those would have elevated Agnihotri’s style to a new level. Otherwise, his framing and editing are top-notch.

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