Singapore wants to ban The Kashmir Files, says it goes beyond the country’s film classification guidelines

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Singapore wants to ban “The Kashmir Files”.

“The Kashmir Files,” a Bollywood film about the exodus of Hindus from the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, will be banned in multiracial Singapore because the film was deemed “beyond” the city-state’s film classification guidelines, a media report said on Monday.

Authorities have classified the Hindi-language film as “beyond” Singapore’s film classification guidelines, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said in a joint statement with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Interior (MHA).

“The film is denied rating for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and portrayal of Hindus who are being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir,” authorities told Channel News Asia.

“These depictions have the potential to cause enmity between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multi-ethnic and multi-religious society,” they said.

Under the film classification guidelines, “any material that denigrates racial or religious communities in Singapore” will be denied classification, they added.

The Vivek Agnihotri-directed film, which has been showing mixed reviews in India since March, is based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s due to terrorism.

Written and directed by Agnihotri, the film stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi.

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