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Lal Bahadur Shastri's family serves legal notice on makers of The Tashkent Files

The film is based on the conspiracy theory around the mysterious death of India's second prime minister. 

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The family of the late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri has served a legal notice on the makers of the film, The Tashkent Files.

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film is set to be released in theatres on 12 April.

The notice was sent by Vibhakar Shastri, grandson of the late prime minister. The notice alleges that the film attempts to 'create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy' over Shastri's death in January 1966 in the erstwhile Soviet Union.

NDTV.com quoted the notice as saying, "It is understood that an attempt has been made to create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy, propaganda surrounding the death of the late Lal Bahadur Shastri, former PM of India, who had died a natural death and which has been successful to an extent post the release of the trailer of the film." 

Speaking to Republic TV, Agnihotri alleged that Vibhakar Shastri had been 'coerced' by top members of the Indian National Congress to serve the notice.

"I have heard it from the horse's mouth that he has been coerced by the top family of the Congress party to serve it on me because if they serve it doesn't look correct for them, which will make them look like a guilty party. This is despite that he came for the screening of the movie," Agnihotri said.

The film, directed by Agnihotri, features Pankaj Tripathi, Pallavi Joshi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty. The Tashkent Files is scheduled for release on 12 April.