A Valiant & Well Researched Attempt to Uncover the Truth with Thrilling Insights.....

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When I saw the trailer of The Tashkent Files, I was quite intrigued by the unconventional and controversial subject that the film is based upon as it revolves around the mysterious death of India’s 2nd Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and I was convinced that with presence of stellar actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Mandira Bedi, Shweta Prasad, Vinay Pathak, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Prakash Belawadi and Mohan Kapoor, this movie is going to be worth a watch, Now, the tagline that this movie has is “Who Killed Shastri”, as according to allegations Shastri was assassinated, but slowly the news faded away and as usual, the world moved on!!
Honestly, at the back of my mind, I had an opinion that this is just another half-hearted attempt to present the history by fictionalization of the past events in the name of freedom of speech. But, to my surprise, this movie surpassed my expectations by a great extent as it supports each and every event related to the controversial death of Shastriji with massive research, well-documented facts, video footages of the interviews related to this unsolved mystery, and this fantastic groundwork literally transports the audience into an extremely planned and detailed execution of an investigative journey behind the death of one of India’s most loved and respected politicians. Maybe after Madras Café, a movie has come that reveals so many disturbing historical truths related to politics through books, evidences, photographs & audio recordings of that time.
At the same time, the makers and actors are intelligent enough to not make it an overboard docu-drama, but instead the movie is presented as a well-crafted thriller by giving us relevant accounts of CIA, USSR, Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, spy & undercover agents, the political undertones of the diplomatic relationships between countries. The movie is a well-baked account of Shastriji’s death as the team has put in humungous efforts for doing the necessary research work and has presented us with one of the finest investigative thrillers of Bollywood as the case has been dissected with a spellbound approach for presenting the even the most minute details that shed light on the so called planned assassination with conviction and accuracy. This praiseworthy effort has surely saved the movie from itself becoming a controversy even before its release.
After a long time, I have come across a Bollywood movie that revolves around intelligence and not emotions and all the due credit goes to writer and director Vivek Agnihotri as he provides justification to his membership in the panel of Central Board of Film Certification and he smartly uses his position and skills to present us with a movie that provides insights into the deep dark secrets in the world of global politics, an area in which very few directors would have dared to venture into. Vivek Agnihotri utilizes his immense knowledge and experience that he must have gathered during his study period at prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Mass Communication and the school of social sciences.
Being an “India-wing” activist and author, he not only spoofs his acquired intellectualism and deep understanding of the socio-political world into the writing of the movie, but also displays his directorial brilliance as he keeps the audience sucked into the world of this fast paced thriller. The movie at points would be hard to digest for a section of audience as the film is carried forward mostly by dialogues, monologues, verbal arguments, and political terminologies. Further, the movie is mostly for mature people with an interest in realism and socio-political issues. But, here is when the masterstroke comes in as the makers inject the required dose of patriotism, and the scenes unfold in fast paced manner that it gives you a feeling that a veteran surgeon is performing surgery on one of his dearest patients.
No doubt, the movie rips apart the democratic system by giving in the insight to the unethical and corrupt practices carried out in quest of power and money in name of socialism, secularism, racism, communism, pragmatism, ideologism, nationalism, and liberalism. But, the movie in one of the scenes also gives an account of various famous unsolved cases like that of the murder of Amar Singh Chamkila murder of Chandrasekhar Prasad, Satyam Computers scam, 2G scam, etc.
The performance of all actors is no doubt phenomenal, but it’s Shweta Prasad who gives an uninhibited and strong performance, despite being the youngest actor of the cast. The last monologue delivered by her at the ends of the movie is surely one of the best scenes of the movie and it is enacted so well by her that the scene will bound to leave you deeply moved and you will a strong sense of empathy towards noble leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri who not only have to fight against foreign dominance but also have to struggle with our very own corrupt judicial system. Your heart bleeds for the great leader who as a dialogue in the movies says “ was killed twice”, and it’s a sheer pity for our generation who don’t know that 2nd October is not only Gandhi Jayanti, but is also the birth date of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
The movie has several dialogues which strike a chord at a subconscious level with you like “Past ko bhulna chahie, past se bhagna nahi chahie, Kyunki Kabhi na Kabhi past samne aa hi jata h”. The movie does pack a punch and also succeeds in hitting a tight slap on the global beauruacratic system , our own judicial system, and countrymen. But, one thing is sure, no matter how brainstorming this movie is, but at the core, it has its heart at the right place as it is an account of a forgotten national hero, who could not get his due, and that my friends shocks me and brings tears to my eyes. May his soul R.I.P.

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