Directed by: Vivek Agnihotri
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad, Pankaj Tripathi
Genre: History, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Release date: 12 April, 2019
Running Time: 144 Minutes
The Tashkent Files is an upcoming Bollywood thriller about the death of Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The film has been written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and it stars Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty.
The Tashkent Files is an upcoming Hindi Language Bollywood thriller Drama film about the death of former Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The film has been written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and it stars Naseeruddin Shah & Mithun Chakraborty.
Vivek Agnihotri the director of the film announced the film in January 2018. Commenting on the story of the film he stated that The Tashkent Files is going to be country’s first crowd-sourced thriller. He further stated that the film will be made after doing research work on Shastriji as it will be an apolitical film about a political leader. The filming began in January 2018. In February 2018 he invited from the public any information, book, link or memory related to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death in Tashkent to help him solve the ‘decades old enigma’ surrounding the death of former prime minister of India. On 6 January 2019 Agnihotri giving details of his film announced the tentative release date.
Releasing first look poster of the film on 19 March 2019, the release date of the film was announced as 12 April 2019. On 25 March 2019, Zee Studios unveiled the official trailer on YouTube.
The Tashkent Files Movie Trailer:
The Tashkent Files Movie Review:
A political journalist gets an anonymous call while she is busy cleaning up her cake-smeared face in the washroom. The caller on the other end shoots questions at her promising a ‘scoop’ in exchange. Until he asks her the significance of 2nd October. From there, Vivek Agnihotri takes us on a journey which has its share of ups and downs.
The Tashkent Files revolves around a young, ambitious journalist Ragini (Shweta Basu Prasad) who publishes an article about the mysterious death of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri. Things pick up steam and an official inquiry committee is set by the government to investigate Shashtri’s death.
The rest of the plot revolves around how Ragini tries to uncover the truth by turning back the pages of history and comes face to face with the world of politics and espionage. The filmmaker picks up one of the most controversial chapters from India’s past and runs us through several theories surrounding it. The film throws questions like ‘Why were there cut marks on Shastri’s body?’, ‘Why no post-mortem was carried out?’ ‘Was there a conspiracy behind the accidental deaths of two witnesses- Shashtri’s servant Ram Nath and his personal doctor Dr. RN Chugh? While Vivek Agnihotri has all the ingredients to make a gripping political drama, it’s his half-baked execution which spoils the show. The narrative lacks the zing and makes it tiresome watch.
Speaking about the performances, Shweta Basu Prasad dominates majority of the screen-time and pulls out an honest act, barring a few scenes where she goes a bit over-the-top. Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi and Pallavi Joshi are impressive. Naseeruddin Shah suffers from a poor-sketched role. Mandira Bedi plays her part well. The cinematography works fine. On the other hand, the choppy editing sticks out as a sore thumb and adds chaos in few places. Another minus point is the gloomy backgound score which just doesn’t blend well in the narrative. The Tashkent Files had the potential to be an arresting look into one of the most shocking controversies about India’s political history. Unfortunately, it’s Vivek Agnihotri’s feeble execution which topples the game.
At the end of the film when it’s displayed that the authenticity of the facts displayed cannot be verified, it leaves you questioning the blurred line between facts and fiction in the film.
The Tashkent Files Movie Songs:
Saare Jahan Se Acchha – Rap Version | The Tashkent Files | Vivek Agnihotri