The Tashkent Files was an attempt to know the truth behind the mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, 2nd Prime Minister of India, which has led to many conspiracies.
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri (Hate Story, The Kashmir Files), The Tashkent Files will remind you of a classic movie, Ek Ruka Hua Faisal, where panel of experts are called in to discuss a murder trial. Similarly, a journalist who had to submit a scoop to her chief editor at a leading media channel, gets involved in knowing the truth behind death of the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The thriller successfully puts forward few questions :-
1. How come the color of dead body of Lal Bahadur Shastri changed when it was received in India and why were there so many cuts on the body if he died of a natural death ?
2. Why was there no post-mortem performed after his death ?
3. Why did Indian Government refused to reveal any documents relating to his death ?
4. There were two people beside Lal Bahadur Shastri – his servant Ram Nath and Dr. Chugh who were the only witness to the case and co-incidentally got hit by a moving vehicle.
The movie also raises the point on the how the Russian spy agency, KJB, sent suitcases of money, amounting to 10.6 million. Unfortunately, the truth is harsh and is never told but as a citizen of India, everyone has right to information and the film ask very gently – Why there should be a change in the Indian History books, we have all studied in school. I think the movie should be watched by people of India and decide what is the best for our country rather than blindly following someone.
Coming to the technical aspect, The Tashkent Files has good background score and tight screenplay, though it misses few marks in the second half. Art direction is decent and so is the cinematography. Writing by Vivek Agnihotri is strong along with his direction. Performances by the star cast is good, especially Shweta Prasad.
Nobody would have expected that The Tashkent Files to turn out to be a money-spinner at the box office. The Tashkent Files, featuring talents like Shweta Prasad, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pallavi Joshi did not giving up inspite of reduced screen counts, IPL Cricket matches and the big budgeted Avengers Endgame released at that time. The Tashkent Files was met by harsh reviews by critics but the user reviews had another story to tell. The political drama opened to a mere Rs 40 lakhs on its first day but due to exceptional word-of-mouth, it collected a massive Rs 16.41 crore after 40 days of run at the box office and at a budget of just Rs 8 crore, turning out to be a “Super-Hit” at the box office.