Vivek Agnihotri: ‘As long as Bollywood has Kings, Badshahs, Sultans, it’ll sink’

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri recently took to his Twitter account to blame ‘Kings, Badshah, Sultan’ for the downfall of Bollywood. Without taking names, she reacted to a news article about Shah Rukh Khan and wrote, “As long as there is a king, badshah, sultan in Bollywood, it will sink.” (Also read: Vivek Agnihotri hits out at Leena Manimekalai over black poster controversy,

“Make this a people’s industry with people’s stories, it will lead the global film industry,” he tweeted. Vivek’s film The Kashmir Files emerged as one of the biggest Bollywood films at the box office this year. It became the first Hindi film to cross 300 crore hurdle since the Kovid-19 pandemic. It started slow at the box office and eventually broke records.

Vivek Agnihotri’s tweet.

Featuring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar, The Kashmir Files is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus to the Valley in the 1990s. While the film has done great business in India and has garnered attention, it was criticized by some for its portrayal.

Vivek is now working on his next film The Delhi Files. Announcing the project, he had earlier said, “I thank all the people who have #TheKashmirFiles. From last 4 years we have worked very hard with utmost sincerity and honesty. I may have spammed your TL (timeline) but it is 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.” In a follow-up tweet, he added, “#DelhiFiles.”

Before The Kashmir Files, Vivek Agnihotri directed The Tashkent Files, based on the mysterious death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. Some of his past works include Chocolate, Hate Story and Zid.

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