The Tashkent Files Story
Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah as P. K. R. Natarajan, Mithun Chakraborty as Shyam Sunder Tripathi, Shweta Basu Prasad as Raagini Phule, Mandira Bedi as Indira Joseph Roy, Pallavi Joshi as Aiysha Ali Shah,Rajesh Sharma as Omkar Kashyap, Pankaj Tripathi as Gangaram Jha
The Tashkent Files is one of the most underrated movies of the year. But how can such a film be must watch for anyone when it’s released on the streaming services? Let us assure that The Tashkent Files is not an insignificant film. Whatever your political affiliations are, just know that this is a film which ran for more than 100 days in the theatres despite gaining overwhelmingly negative reviews and recouped more than 10 tines its budget. The film explores the controversy surrounding the death of The second Prime Minister of India, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri when he was in Tashkent.
Thereafter the declaration of the ceasefire with Pakistan in 1965, Shastri and Ayub Khan attended a summit (former USSR, now in modern Uzbekistan), organized by Alexei Kosygin, a Soviet Russia statesman. On 10 January 1966, Shastri and Ayub Khan signed the Tashkent Declaration. Many including his relatives called the circumstances surrounding his death as foul play. Conspiracy theories are circulated. Now, in this film, a young journalist named Ragini receives a tip about the situations surrounding the death of Shastri. It could be the scoop of her life. The story published by her in a newspaper leads to the formation of a committee to investigate the decades old case. As Ragini comes face to face with the history of Shastri’s death, she also realises that the world of politics and espionage can be overwhelming for the common people. The Tashkent Files was critically panned as said above but the film which was released amidst high competition went to enjoy more than 18 weeks of theatrical run and turned out a blockbuster among limited budget films.
The Tashkent Files Trailer