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The Tashkent Files- Movie on mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri

12 January 2018

A year ago news about Vivek Agnihotri's next being based on the mysterious death of India's second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri surfaced.

Titled The Tashkent Files, the announcement was made on the occasion of the 52nd death anniversary of Shastri.

On January 11, 1966, he breathed his last in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to cardiac arrest. Hours later he died. A death mystery unsolved till date.

Though two veterans have already been finalised for the film, Agnihotri is still on the lookout to rope in an actor to play the lead role in the film. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi shared a heart-felt tribute in Hindi for Lal Bahadur Shastri: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot wrote in his tweet, "My humble tributes to Sh #LalBahadurShastri, former PM of India on his death anniversary". Even after 52 years, the truth of the biggest cover-up of free India has been denied to his family, followers, citizens. "I received a lot of emails, which helped me do thorough research on the project".

Talking about the casting of the movie, Vivek adds, "Both Naseer and Mithun are powerhouses and were obvious choices for the film". It also brings them together on screen after a long time.

The Tashkent Files- Movie on mysterious death of Lal Bahadur Shastri