Interestingly, the story of the techie Rahul,who had allegedly sent the threatening letter, takes another bizarre turn. Festival organisers claim that he had initially written to them, requesting that he wanted to be part of the festival. Filmmaker Ajay Raina, one of the curators of the fest,whose laptop was taken away by the protestors, claims Rahul wanted to curate some films at the fest. "Yes, Rahul wanted to curate some films. He had contacted us and in fact, had offered to bear the cost of the festival, including flying down filmmakers from various cities. But since we already had 12 movies,we had to refuse. It was after we turned him down that he had problems and threatened us."
Calling the whole incident an act of 'goondagardi', Sanjay Kak, director of the film Jashne- Azadi, said, "What happened today is complete goondagardi. Apart from indulging in hooliganism, these protestors also went up to the control room and damaged some equipment. One of the staff tried to get back Ajay's laptop, but he was beaten mercilessly. It is extremely dangerous and undemocratic. I think there is a growing inability to hear out anyone's point of view other than your own. And every time someone attempts to tell an alternate story, it immediately comes under attack. If you have a problem with my film, you can argue with me, criticise my movie, but you cannot take away my democratic right." Speaking on his controversial film, Kak said, "It's not like the whole of Hyderabad has a problem with my movie. It's only a handful of intolerant people. I have screened the film in Hyderabad in 2007, and there weren't any issues at all." On learning of the incident, the cops rushed to the venue and took a few people, including Rahul Razdan into custody. "I wasn't at the venue when the protestors barged in. But we've taken the accused Rahul and a few others into custody.We will interrogate them, and retrieve the laptop," said C Santhosham, area in-charge, Banjara Hills Police Station.
However, this assurance isn't enough for the organisers. They are planning to call off the film festival, blaming it on "lack of tolerance and awareness". "Right now, I feel the best thing to do is call off the film festival. The whole point of having this festival was to present and discuss various issues related to Kashmir. But if one film that shows a particular side of Kashmir cannot be screened, there will be a dent, a void," said Ajay. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/regional/telugu/news-interviews/Violence-disrupts-Kashmiri-Film-Festival-in-Hyd/articleshow/22410915.cms
An invited film maker Siddhartha Giggo was also attacked. In all this Ajay Raina was able to identify one Mr. Rahul Razdan, who was wearing a black t-shirt with the slogan, 'I am a Kashmiri Pandit'. He was seen with the mob and pointing out at Sanjay Kak, who was also subsequently attacked by the mob. The film festival jointly curated by Ajay Raina and Pankaj Rishi Kumar in association with FD zone Mumbai, is a travelling film festival of Kashmiri films. This festival has been shown, in Mumbai, Chennai, Trissur, and Pondicherry to an appreciative audience so far. The stolen laptop contains all the films and valuable data both for this festival and Ajay's personal work. The event is going on right now with a blank screen and the discussion on Kashmir is continuing.