The Tashkent Files (2019)

Drama | 2 Hour 14 Min
Tashkent Files Movie Review

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    The Tashkent Files Movie Review- 


    A persistent, repetitive what’s app forward message coming from all quarters and various groups, on why this movie is a MUST SEE made a rather desperate and successful sales pitch to make me watch this movie on a late night show at 11 pm and that too far away from my home.


    So how was the movie, you would want to know to get a quick report cum answer!


    The Tashkent Files is an Indian Hindi Movie. Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, Cast in this movie is Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty in leading roles and Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Prakash Belawadi, Achint Kaur in supporting roles.

    The film released on 12 April 2019.


    It basically tells you, what you already know, that Lalbahadur Shastri Ji’s death was tragic and mysterious and also suspicious.


    Vivek Agnihotri actually succeeds in making a compelling argument in a feature film that should have been actually a docudrama OR just a two-part Marathi drama (Marathi drama fraternity can handle such story and subject in a very deft and slick manner)


    So you end up watching a film that almost looks like, a drama being filmed on a stage for ease of access to a large audience at a go.  That’s a major drawback of this film.


    The active measures being put in place by Russia (USSR at that time) to keep Indian under their control is the only new element in this story that we don’t know as we are never told about it, and in course of unfolding the possible conspiracy theory of Shastri Ji’s murder, it casts doubt on the people within Indian National Congress who collaborated in this mysterious death in collusion with KGB.  But that remains a conspiracy theory even in this film and not a conclusion.


    If you have seen Vivek Agnihotri’s argument style in various TV debates in which he comes down heavily on the pseudoseculars, he has done that very skillfully in this movie too as a screenplay and story and dialogue writer.


    Should you go and watch this movie? 


    Rather not!


    Instead, I would rather advise you to just wait for Vivek Agnihotri to come on TV next time, and watch him, rip apart NDTV guys, piece by piece and with logic and data and a solid nationalistic view. Let us know your views on The Tashkent Files Movie Review in the Comments section below.


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