Vivek Agnihotri has responded to those who reacted to the filmmaker walking around with his Y-category security cover.
Vivek Agnihotri, the director of The Kashmir Files, made headlines on Friday when he shared a video of himself walking around the street while surrounded by several security officials. Many of his supporters expressed their displeasure, citing the ‘waste’ of their tax dollars. He has now stated that the same tax money is used to combat terrorism, and if that is repealed, he will be able to live freely.
Vivek Agnihotri replied to a Twitter user who said, “Shocking to see how much of taxpayers’ money is being wasted on security on a s****ag anti-national like you.” He shared a picture of a heavily guarded street in Kashmir and wrote, “Taxpayers’ money is used here to combat religious terrorism. If this stops, I can also live freely. #Kashmir.”
On Friday, he posted a video of himself taking a walk around the city. “The price one has to pay to show the genocide of Hindus in Kashmir,” he wrote alongside it on Twitter. In a country with a Hindu majority. Ha! Freedom of expression! #Fatwa #ImprisonedInOwnCountry.”
“Oh, my tax money!” and “What a waste of taxpayer’s money!” were among the comments on the tweet. “Humare tax ke paise se security le rahe hain, apni movie tax free karke,” one commenter added, “He is getting security cover from our tax money after his movie The Kashmir Files was made tax free.”
After the success of his film The Kashmir Files, Vivek has become a well-known man. With over 300 crores in box office receipts, the film is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films this year. It is based on the 1990s killings and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. The movie stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar, Pallavi Joshi, Chinmay Mandlekar, and Bhasha Sumbli.
Vivek is currently filming his next film, The Vaccine War. The film went into production earlier this month. On the occasion of Independence Day next year, it will be released in 11 languages in theatres. In India, it will revolve around the coronavirus vaccine.