The blockbuster film 'The Kashmir Files' directed by Vivek Agnihotri has been banned in Singapore by the country's InfoComm Media Development Authority on the grounds that it may disrupt religious harmony.
According to 'Variety,' the film, which is backed by ZEE5, is about a university student who learns about the religiously charged political turmoil that led to his parents' deaths in Kashmir in the 1990s.
The IMDA stated that it consulted with the Ministries of Culture, Community, and Youth, as well as the Ministry of Home Affairs, and that they all agreed that the film exceeded the Film Classification Guidelines for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, according to 'Variety.' ‘These representations have the potential to incite animosity among different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in Singapore's multiracial and multireligious society.’
According to 'Variety,' the Film Classification guidelines state that "any material that is derogatory to Singapore's racial or religious communities" will be refused classification.
The film, which was made on a $2 million budget, was released in India and many international territories in mid-March and has grossed approximately $43 million to date.
It is part of a large film release schedule announced Monday by ZEE5, the Zee broadcast group's multilingual streaming arm.
The film 'The Kashmir Files' was briefly prohibited in the United Arab Emirates. However, the UAE government lifted the ban at the end of March, and the film was released without cuts on April 7.
Conservative on social issues Singapore censors films and television shows that depict drug use, possession, or trafficking. Same-sex relationships are not recognised in the country, and same-sex sexual activity is illegal. It also prohibits activity that could disrupt religious harmony.
Singapore is the country that censors Netflix the most, with such a diverse set of red lines. Netflix announced in 2020 that it had removed only nine pieces of content worldwide in its (then) 23-year history. Five of the nine were requested by Singaporean authorities.