Tashkent Files: Brilliant political theory that makes shocking claims

Most Indians have always viewed the death of former Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shahstri with suspicion, but the Tashkent Files makes several shocking claims about India’s political history and right of Indians to know the truth.

Of all the movies (in the recent past) that have been made on real-life incidents, this is one of the better ones. The film has great actors, and has several shocking eye-openers.

The movies uses real footage, including political statements, newspaper headlines, letters, books and articles which makes the proceedings look authentic. But you feel a bit disappointed at the end when the last slide of the film reveals that the authenticity of the facts displayed could not be verified.

Having said that, it is still an excellent film that makes you think about several things.

One of the things that makes you ponder is why very few Indians know that October 2nd is also the birth day of Lal Bahadur Shastri (besides Gandhi ji of course).

There are various other points which makes you believe that the former PM could have been poisoned.

The Soviet Union have always been seen as a friend of India. But it seems, during the height of the Cold war, the Soviets would have been the immediate beneficiary if the upright Shastri was murdered and replaced by someone who was more closer to the soviets and willing to cooperate/compromise. The Mitrokhin papers, claim that the Indian state was heavily … during Mrs Gandhi’s era.

Overall, ‘The Thashkent Files’ is the best tribute that India could pay to the former PM of India.

Here are reviews of other movie critics.

Ratings:.0.5/5 Review By: Saibal Site: NDTV
No two ways about it: The Tashkent Files is Google search filmmaking at its worst. Banking upon crowd-sourced research, it peddles untruths and half-truths culled from unverified quarters and seeks to pass itself off as a great, gutsy piece of investigative cinema. The unabashedly partisan film does a great deal of hectoring and hollering for nearly two and a half hours but to no real avail. In the end, it places the only card that it is genuinely interested in on the table – its love for a ‘strong’ leader who can inflict military defeat on Pakistan. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out the ‘philosophy’ The Tashkent Files is driving at.
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Ratings:.2.5/5 Review
By: Rachit Gupta Site: Times Of India
The Tashkent Files makes some shocking claims about India’s political history, dynasty politics and the citizen’s right to know the truth. All its sensational content is relevant and important social issues are highlighted, too. But, the storytelling effort is half-baked and lacks the finesse that such a heavy-duty film requires. It also doesn’t help that the final slide of the movie tells the audience that the authenticity of all the facts displayed in the film cannot be verified.
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Ratings:.0/5 Review By: Shubra Site: Indian Express
The Tashkent Files asks pertinent questions: Why was no post-mortem carried out? Why has the government refused to declassify a document in its possession that pertains to Shastri’s death? Conspiracy theories are discussed at length and “state-sponsored murder” is often used. “Evidence” is presented to reveal the “truth”, only for the last slide of the film to reveal that the authenticity of the facts displayed could not be verified.
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Ratings:.1/5 Review By: Jyoti Site:Hindustan Times
The Tashkent Files is a propaganda film primarily and makes no bones to hide the fact. Mithun’s character seems to be talking for the director when he calls historians “liberal terrorists”, NGOs “social terrorists”, judges “judicial terrorists” and media “TRP terrorists”. While “presstitutes”, “liberal siculars” and “war of narratives” crawl out of social media onto the big screen in this film, the choicest of shots are saved for the Congress and Indira Gandhi.
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Ratings:.1/5 Review By: Samruddhi Site: India Today
The Tashkent Files asks pertinent questions: Why was no post-mortem carried out? Why has the government refused to declassify a document in its possession that pertains to Shastri’s death? Conspiracy theories are discussed at length and “state-sponsored murder” is often used. “Evidence” is presented to reveal the “truth”, only for the last slide of the film to reveal that the authenticity of the facts displayed could not be verified.
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TASHKENT FILES STORY:
Many believe that the death of India’s second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent was not natural. The Tashkent Files is a thriller that attempts to uncover if the former PM died a natural death or, as alleged, was assassinated.

TASHKENT FILES RELEASE DATE: Mar 29, 2019 ( India)
TASHKENT FILES CAST: Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi, Mandira Bedi
Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Producer: Vivek Agnihotri

Run Time: 2 hour 24 Minutes