The Tashkent Files Review :
Film – The Tashkent Files
Director– Vivek Agnihotri
Mandira Bedi and Pallavi Joshi
Producer – Pranay Chokshi, Sharad Patel, Vivek Agnihotri, Anuya Ritesh Kudecha and Ritesh Kudecha
Production Studio – SP CineCorp and Vivek Agnihotri Creates
Writer – Vivek Agnihotri
Cinematography – Uday Singh Mohite
Running time – 144 minutes
The film is based on the death of former Indian PM – Lal Bahadur Shastri, which is investigated by a young and ambitious journalist called Ragini played by Shweta Basu Prasad. She gets an anonymous tip regarding some scoop in the mysterious death of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent. She then goes on to publish the story in a daily newspaper that leads to the set up of an official committee to investigate the case of the late PM. So, what goes next is interesting to explore in the media.
It is often a daunting task to recreate the incident of the sixties in the current cinema especially the case of the death of former PM. The case is investigated by a journalist of the modern times, which seems to be an interesting idea in the film; however, it soon dies down as to investigate a fifty years old age seems to be impractical. Yet, the makers have given all the fodder to the case that allowed the current government to form a commission comprising of politicians, civil servants and social works to uncover the truth by re-investigating the case. The efforts of the director to take up this story and make a film should be applauded but the question is, was it really practical and gives higher returns on this investment is questioned by many.
Talking about the other elements like the background music and songs, these remained most of the time too loud to enjoy the melody and failed to complement the complex story of the film. The other key strength of the movie is its ensemble cast. All the lead actors in the film including Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Pankaj Tripathi, and Mandira Bedi have done a decent job doing justice to their given roles. The storytelling of the film seemed half-baked, while it lags behind the finesse despite having relevant issues raised in the issue within the political discourse like dynasty politics.
The Tashkent Files – The Last Word
The film has displayed an interesting angle for the audience, but still happens to be a niche film and can only attract the audience with that particular taste. If you want to enjoy a decent film with some political elements of the sixties and good journalism then The Tashkent Files can be a better bet otherwise, explore other options.