Curated By: Chirag Sehgal
Last Updated: September 24, 2023, 18:34 IST
Vivek Agnihotra has made a big claim saying after The Kashmir Files was released, several leading production houses approached him to make a sequel of the film. Released in 2022, The Kashmir Files revolved around the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Hindus. The Vivek Agnihotri directorial was a massive box office hit and had a lifetime collection of around Rs 300 crore.
Agnihotri was speaking to Galatta Plus when he claimed that a number of production houses and renowned stars approaced him with offers asking him to make a sequel of The Kashmir Files. The filmmaker further claimed that he was even offered Rs 300 crore to make the sequel.
“I didn’t want to fall into that trap,” Vivek Agnihotri said and then continued, “After The Kashmir Files, every single studio was ready to give me Rs 200-300 crore and every star has called me privately expressing their desire to do The Delhi Files or The Kashmir Files Part 2 with me. Anybody in his right sense would make The Kashmir Files 2.”
“I could have done that to make money. Instead, we went back and made a smaller film, struggling so hard, not sleeping for 50 days. Pallavi (actor and Agnihotri’s wife Pallavi Joshi) and I were running around. Whatever little money we earned, we have put it back into this film (The Vaccine War) and if this film doesn’t work, I am back to where I was before The Kashmir Files,” he added.
The Kashmir Files starred Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumaar in key roles. It was based on video interviews of the first-generation victims of the Kashmir exodus which took place in the 1990s. The film depicted the suffering, struggle and trauma that the Kashmiri pandits went throught. However, the film was also called a ‘propaganda’ movie by many.
Meanwhile, Vivek Agnihotri is currently gearing up for the release of The Vaccine War. The film talks about the struggle of Indian scientists that went behind the development of vaccines. The Vaccine War will feature Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar, Sapthami Gowda, and Pallavi Joshi as lead characters. Produced by Pallavi Joshi and I Am Buddha, the film will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on September 28.