Singapore Bans The Kashmir Files For Provocative Content

A media report said The Kashmir Files, a Bollywood movie on the exodus of Hindus from the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley, will be banned in multi racial Singapore as the film has been assessed to be beyond the city state's film classification guidelines, a media report said on Monday.

The authorities have assessed the Hindi language film to be beyond Singapores 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.

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, the authorities told Channel News Asia.

They said 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.

Under the film classification guidelines, any material that is derogatory to racial or religious communities in Singapore will be refused classification, they added.

The Vivek Agnihotri directed movie has been screened in India since March to mixed reviews. It is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s due to terrorism.

The film, written and directed by Agnihotri, stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Joshi in the lead roles.