Kashmir Files Vivek Agnihotri's film exposes India's new fault lines.

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A new film on the exodus of Hindus from Kashmir in the 1990s has kicked up a storm in India, with even the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) weighing in on its behalf.

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The movie  delves into the history of Kashmir, and the restive region along India's border with Pakistan has long been a sensitive subject.

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Kashmir is a controversial  subject

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released on Friday, tells the fictional story of a University student who discovers his Kashmiri Hindu parents were killed by Islamist militants - and not in an accident as his grandfather told him.

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More than one called it "exploitative" - but the film soon set off a heated debate on social media. Supporters said it shines light on a neglected, bloody part of Kashmir's history but critics say it's careless with facts and Islamophobic.

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Meanwhile, key ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP government have praised the film, several BJP-rules states have waived tax on it, and police in Madhya Pradesh state have been offered a day of leave to watch the film.

The movie, has certainly touched a chord among Kashmiri Pandits, but reviewers have panned the film for lacking nuance, given the complex history. Some have still praised the performances, while others have said that doesn't make up for its vilification of Muslims.

Viewers were divided too - some were touched and hoped this would help heal the wounds, while others were troubled by the stereotyped portrayal of Kashmiri Muslims, and the message the movie sends.

The movie has done a total collection of Rs 42.20 crore in four days since its release last week on Friday (March 11). On the release day, it made Rs 3.55 crore. During the weekend, the movie minted Rs 8.50 crore (Saturday), and Rs 15.10 crore (Sunday).

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