Nadav Lapid Apologies For His Comment: Israeli filmmaker and jury head of the International Film Festival of India 2022 (IFFI 2022) Nadav Lapid hit the headlines after calling ‘The Kashmir Files’ ‘propaganda-vulgar’. Amidst the controversy over his statement, the Israeli film maker has now apologised. According to a new report, days after commenting on ‘The Kashmir Files’, Nadav said that he ‘never intended to insult people or their relatives’.
Nadav’s comment was strongly condemned by the film’s team
Nadav commented on the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ during the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022 held in Goa on 22 November. After which the controversy increased. The team of The Kashmir Files, including the film’s writer-director Vivek Agnihotri and actors Anupam Kher and Pallavi Joshi, strongly condemned Nadav for his statement.
The intention was not to insult the victims
While speaking to CNN-News18, Nadav has now said, “I didn’t want to insult anyone, and it was never my intention to insult the victims or their relatives. I apologize completely.” He also said that he spoke on behalf of the entire jury. Nadav also said that his comment was not only his but also represented the views of his fellow jurists.
Sudipto Sen termed Nadav’s comment as “personal opinion”.
At the same time, Sudipto Sen, one of the IFFI jury members, said that the comment made by the Israeli filmmaker was his “personal opinion”. On Twitter, Sudipto had shared his statement, “Whatever IFFI 2022 Jury Head Nadav Lapid said about the film Kashmir Files from the stage at the closing ceremony of 53rd IFFI was purely his personal opinion.”
#IFFI #IFFI2022 @nfdcindia @ianuragthakur pic.twitter.com/GBhtw0tH6C
— Sudipto SEN (@sudiptoSENtlm) November 28, 2022
It was said to stick to the first statement
Earlier, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Nadav said that he stood by his comments because he “knows how to recognize propaganda in the form of a film.” He said, “It’s not a crime to make bad films, but this is a very crude, manipulative and violent propaganda film. The truth is that even I couldn’t help but imagine a situation that Could be in Israel one day soon.” And I would be glad that in such a situation a foreign jury head would be ready to say things as he sees them.” He also said that ‘due to political pressure, the film was pushed into the official festival competition’. ‘
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