The New Zealand censor board has put on hold the release of the Hindi film The Kashmir Files after some community groups approached the board complaining about the film’s content.
The Kashmir files had received a certificate that allows individuals above the age of 16 and over to view it. However, now the board wants to review the certification.
The move has irked some Hindu groups in the country, due to which they have started a petition to gather support for the film’s release.
“Organisations with malicious intents are blocking the film’s release in New Zealand. We need to show support for the release of the film, to show the truth, which has not been blocked in any country in the world.”
Hindu groups have been promoting the film on social media to encourage people to go and watch it in cinema halls.
The film’s director Vivek Agnihotri has also tweeted, asking people to support the film in New Zealand.
“Some communal groups are trying to put pressure on New Zealand Censor to ban The Kashmir Files. I request all Indians to be united and oppose this undemocratic tactic by radicals with utmost humility and release this film about Humanity and Human Rights,” he tweeted.
The Kashmir Files is a fictional story about the events in the Indian side of Kashmir in the 1990s when thousands of Hindus and Sikhs had to flee their homes after Muslim fundamentalists threatened them. It tells the fictional story of a university student who discovers Islamist militants killed his Kashmiri Hindu parents.
The film has received support from the Indian government. However, many human rights activists and critics say the film has altered the facts and promoted Islamophobia and hatred against some parts of the community. It has however, received run-of-the-mill reviews from mainstream critics.