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Israel envoy slams filmmaker who criticised ‘The Kashmir Files’ as ‘vulgar’

The Israeli envoy to India, Naor Gilon, slammed Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, the jury head of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), for describing The Kashmir Files as a “vulgar” movie.

November 29, 2022 / 09:48 AM IST

The Israeli envoy to India, Naor Gilon, slammed Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, the jury head of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), for describing The Kashmir Files as a “vulgar” movie.

“You should be ashamed,” Gilon wrote in an open letter to filmmaker Nadav Lapid that he shared on Twitter.

The ambassador of Israel to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan said that Lapid had abused India’s invitation to chair the jury of the International Film Festival of India.


“In Indian culture they say that a guest is like God. You have abused in the worst way the Indian invitation to chair the panel of judges at @IFFIGoa as well as the trust, respect and warm hospitality they have bestowed on you,” wrote Gilon. “Our Indian friends brought @lioraz and @issacharoff from @FaudaOfficial in order to celebrate the love in #India towards #Fauda and #Israel. I suspect that this is maybe also one of the reasons they invited you as an Israeli and me as the ambassador of Israel,” he added, referring to Fauda, an Israeli television series.


In his speech at the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022, Nadav Lapid said he was "disturbed and shocked" to see The Kashmir Files being screened at the film festival.