Vivek Agnihotri's 'The Tashkent Files' to raise many questions

7th January 2019

Anupam Kher's 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is in the talk these days giving the Congress National Party sleepless nights following agitation and protests from the Congress-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Based on the book of the former PM's media adviser Sanjaya Baru of the same name, the book is already in public domain since 2014. However, the film is all set for an 11th Jan release.

Now yet another political film is about to release in a couple of months. A film which will resonate around the mysterious conspiracy due to which the second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Russia. Titled 'The Tashkent Files', the film is directed by Vivek Agnihotri

Agnihotri mentioned he made this film after many people including top political leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and George Fernandes had expressed the need for dealing with the mystery behind Shastri's death.

Speaking to a leading daily Agnihotri said, "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 coverup has been denied to his family and us."

The 'Chocolate' director further stated, "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." He further adds, "The family also had requested former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, but was not heeded to once again."

Agnihotri concluded by saying that India being the biggest democracy in the world, has no information and document to uncover the mystery behind Shastri's death. "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." he said.

'The Tashkent Files' stars veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty in major roles. Vivek is planning to release the film by the end of Feb or March just before the elections.