“The Tashkent Files” Review (Bollywood)


How many of us knows that 2nd October is the Birth Anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shashtri as well? We call India as Country of Gandhiji and Nehruji, why not Shashtriji’s? How strong was India’s Position on Global Map when Lal Bahadur Shashtri was Prime Minister of India and how all of sudden India lost that strong position just after his mysterious death? These all are unsolved puzzles and we have had enough arguments and political propagandas over this, but Tashkent Files is just not about this, it is something more than that. It is about secularism, socialism, terrorism, politics, our rights and more, but when all of these comes with a Great Cinematic Experience then believe me you just can’t afford to miss this gem.

‘The Tashkent Files’ deals with multiple issues at the same time keeping Shashtriji’s death mystery at the centre. Rest phenomena of beneficial nature of people, types of terrorism, racism and the Fake Truth which has been accepted by our society etc. is created with perfect mindset by the Writer and the Director Vivek Agnihotri. He finally comes out of his Adult Thrillers zone and delivers a Must See Experience. The entire cast does the justice to their roles with their own perfection. While Shweta Prasad showcases Best act of her career, Mithun Chakraborty, Mandira Bedi and Pallavi Joshi stands out in the respective roles. Music was needless but there is one theme song “Sab Chalta Hai” whose Lyrics hits the Sharp aim on the subject. Dialogues are bhakri and you will utter ‘Wow’ for them at some occasions.

At one moment, ‘The Tashkent Files’ feels like Bollywood version of Hollywood Cult Classic ’12 Angry Men’ due to those Arguments and conference scenes but the motive was different here. Apart from unrevealed Facts on Shashtri, it also focuses on few political agendas and propagandas in thrilling mode. Overall, ‘The Tashkent Files’ is much needed Intellectual Must Watch Film for Bollywood in this year and is certainly the Most Intelligent+Thinkable product of the year so far. One must have some brilliant knowledge of History to judge this film, and that’s the reason why I am not sure whether to call it a Classic or not!

Rating is 3.5/5*