On the 52nd Death Anniversary of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announced the making of the movie The Tashkent Files. This Bollywood thriller walks us through the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of our 2nd Prime Minister. It is set to release on 12th April 2019.
Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri passed away a day after signing the Tashkent Treaty on 10th January 1966. The Tashkent Declaration was an attempt to bring peace between India and Pakistan after the 1965 war.
To this date the reason of his death is unknown. Some say it was a heart attack, others suspect that PM Shashtri was poisoned. No post mortem was conducted even after repeated requests from his family members. In fact, his cremation was a hasty one too.
This all lead to the conspiracy theory believing that PM Shashtri was murdered. The details of his death remain a mystery as the Government had refused to unveil the circumstances of his death; on the pretext of spoiling international relations.
Meet the cast of The Tashkent Files
Bollywood veteran Actor, Mithun Chakraborty is featuring as Shyam Sunder Tripathi, the Leader of Opposition.
Naseeruddin Shah as PKR Natarajan, the then Minister of Home Affairs.
Pankaj Tripathi as a Scientist by the name of Gangaram Jha.
Prashant Guptha features as a President of Young India Congress.
Vishwa Mohan Badola appears as Justice Kurian Ahmed, who a Retired Supreme Court Judge.
Vinay Pathak plays the role of a traitor agent.
Mandira Bedi has taken up the role of a Social Activist by the name of Indira Joseph Roy.
Prakash Belwada appears as GKS Anathasuresh, an Ex RAW chief.
Rajesh Sharma as the Keeper of National Archives, namely Rajesh Kashyap.
Pallavi Joshi as Padma Shri Aisha Ali Shah who acts as an Author and Historian.
Shweta Basu Prasad as Raagni Phule, a Journalist.
The film is promoted through various Headlines of the Newspapers in 1966. PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri also coined the slogan, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” which still holds true.
Vivek Agnihotri claims that he has uncovered the mystery shrouding the death of Shastri after 3 years of extensive research.
Watch The Tashkent Files Trailer
From the looks of it, The Tashkent Files trailer keeps you glued to itself, successfully raising the question, who killed Shastri?
Social Chumbak wishes the best to the Film and hopes that memories of our most beloved Prime Minister are brought to justice.