The film is based on the mysterious death of India's second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in the Central Asian city.
Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu’s first looks from The Tashkent Files: See posters
Mumbai - 22 Mar 2019 17:33 IST
The first poster of Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files was released earlier this week. The filmmaker has now revealed the characters of the film that revolves around the death of India's second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in the Central Asian city.
Mithun Chakraborty plays opposition leader Shyam Sundar Tripathi. While sharing his poster on Twitter, Agnihotri described Tripathi as “a political guru whose only mantra is to win. Because losers can’t change the destiny of a nation." Chakraborty is seen with grey hair settled at the back of his head.
Presenting 3 times national award winner #MithunChakraborty as #ShyamSundarTripathi, a political guru whose only mantra is to win.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 22, 2019
“Because losers can’t change the destiny of a nation.”
Trailer out on 25.03.19#TheTashkentFiles #WhoKilledShastri pic.twitter.com/DBdZV8Nm4U
The film will also see Pankaj Tripathi in the role of the scientist Gangaram Jha. The poster has him with a serious look, wearing thick rimmed spectacles.
Presenting National Award Winner @TripathiiPankaj as #GangaramJha, a scientist who believes in common sense and hate.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 22, 2019
“Achche logon ko ishwar jaldi kyon utha leta hai?”
Trailer out on Monday 25.03.19#TheTashkentFiles #WhoKilledShastri pic.twitter.com/HOK3S60HgB
Actress Shweta Basu Prasad will be seen in the role of rookie journalist Raagini Phule. She probably investigates the death.
Presenting National Award Winner @shweta_official as #RaaginiPhule - a rookie journalist.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 22, 2019
“I don’t know which story is true but I know which narrative is least popular– The Truth.”#TheTashkentFiles #WhoKilledShastri pic.twitter.com/Y2um367sr8
Veteran actress Pallavi Joshi, Agnihotri's wife, plays Padma Shree awardee author and historian Aiysha Ali Shah. She sports a serious look that goes with her character. It is difficult to know if any of these characters is real.
The film also stars Naseeruddin Shah in a pivotal role. His character has been kept under wraps for now.
The Tashkent Files is about the sudden death of Shastri, ascribed to a heart attack, when he was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then a part of the Soviet Union, to sign a peace treaty with self-styled Field Marshal Ayub Khan to end the India-Pakistan war of 1965.
Several conspiracy theories regarding Shastri's death have floated around ever since.