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Kashmiri Pandits’ exile not a lesser tragedy: Vishal

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who excluded the representation of Kashmiri Pandits in his film Haider, Thursday said he was never ‘insensitive’ towards the mass exodus that made the majority of the community ‘refugees’ in their own country.

The Shahid Kapoor-starrer, however, got embroiled in a post-release controversy where many blamed Bhardwaj for ‘showing only one side of Kashmir’.

“The story of Kashmiri Pandits is not a less tragedy at all. But cinema gives you a choice and it was my choice to make a movie on this subject. Basically, the topic didn’t allow me to focus on that tragedy,” Bharadwaj said at a session titled Hamlet’s Dilemma at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
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