The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has welcomed Vivek Agnihotri’s plan to make a film titled The Delhi Files and assured its full assistance to the filmmaker.
Agnihotri, the director of The Kashmir Files, which has been making headlines since its release in March for its political take and record-breaking box-office numbers, took to Twitter and announced the upcoming project on Friday.
“I thank all the people who owned The Kashmir Files. For the last four years, we worked very hard with utmost honesty and sincerity. I may have spammed your TL, but it’s important to make people aware of the genocide and injustice done to Kashmiri Hindus. It’s time for me to work on a new film: The Delhi Files,” he wrote.
The Kashmir Files is a Hindi drama film based on the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit community from the Kashmir valley in the 1990s. The film crossed the Rs 200 crore mark at the box office, in its second week.
Following the filmmaker’s announcement of the upcoming project, the president of the Committee, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, wrote, “I welcome Vivek Agnihotri’s new project The Delhi Files. I have requested him personally to show the atrocities of the 1984 Sikh Genocide when the Gandhi family led and justified this pogrom of mass killing of innocent Sikhs. And like Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs still carry wounds of the 1984 genocide.”
Sirsa further shared a video where he mentioned the same and said that when the “Sikh genocide” took place no one stood with the committee – neither the court, law nor any politician or party. They have been living with this pain for years and generations, he said and added that through this film, he wants people to know the truth about the atrocities on the Sikh community and the pain they have been living with.
The year 1984 saw the death of thousands of Sikhs when a nationwide anti-Sikh riot known as the 1984 Sikh Massacre took place following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
It is notable that the DSGMC is the same committee that had filed a complaint against actor Kangana Ranaut in January alleging that her remarks regarding the year-long farmers’ protest “enticed communal against Sikhs.”