Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Tashkent Files’ all set to create political storm

Seems like political turmoil on Bollywood movies is not going to stop in near future. After turbulence created by the trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘, another movie is all set to provoke anger among some political parties and their politicians.

The film titled ‘The Tashkent Files’ will be directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The story is about the second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and the mysterious conditions under which he died.

The film will be released before the Lok Sabha general elections. Vivek told that he made this film after top political leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and George Fernandes expressed the need for dealing with the mystery behind Shastri’s death.

The director told PTI, “On January 10, 1966, Shastri had signed the Tashkent Agreement… and hours later he died. A death mystery unsolved till date. Was it a heart attack or poison? The truth of the biggest cover-up has been denied to his family and us.”

Immediately after his death, the family members of Shastri officially requested a post-mortem to the then acting Prime Minister Gulzarilal Nanda, but to no avail, Agnihotri said.

“The family also had requested former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, but was not heeded to once again,” he added.

“This issue has been raised in Parliament for the last 50 years and yet, we are trying to find out the truth. I picked up the gauntlet and tried finding the truth, and hence I filed RTIs, but I was shattered.

“The RTI said there is no information. Our beloved second prime minister dies and the biggest democracy in the world does not have any information and documents,” he said.

The film starring veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty in pivotal roles will hit theaters by February last or March.


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