Asha Parekh Statement: The Indian film industry, fondly known as Bollywood, has long been the hub of not just entertainment but also poignant narratives that echo the realities of society. One such recent film that has captured the nation’s attention is “The Kashmir Files,” directed by the well-known filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri. The film not only garnered widespread attention but also raked in a hefty sum at the box office.
However, with success often comes scrutiny. The yesteryear’s superstar, Asha Parekh, raised some pertinent questions about the film’s earnings. In particular, she questioned the distribution of the film’s earnings, especially in the context of its sensitive subject matter. Parekh wondered aloud why, given the film’s substantial profits, more wasn’t done to financially assist the Hindu Kashmiris living in challenging conditions in Jammu.
“I wish to make a slightly controversial statement,” began Asha Parekh when touching upon the film’s box office collection. Her curiosity centered on a straightforward query: how much of the film’s revenue went to those struggling Hindu Kashmiris in Jammu, especially those without access to basic amenities like water and electricity?
Reports suggest that “The Kashmir Files,” produced on a budget of approximately Rs 20 crores, amassed a staggering Rs 295 crores in India alone, contributing to an overall earning close to Rs 400 crores. In light of these figures, Asha Parekh’s questions seem even more pressing.
It’s noteworthy that “The Kashmir Files” had a stellar cast, including stalwarts like Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Puneet Issar, and Darshan Kumar, who delivered compelling performances, bringing the film’s narrative to life.
While the film successfully portrayed the pain and displacement of the Kashmiri Pandits, the questions raised by Asha Parekh serve as a reminder that when cinema draws from real-life struggles, there remains a moral duty to give back, especially when commercial success is achieved on such a massive scale.