Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi
The Tashkent Files is a Hindi thriller that revolves around the mysterious death of India’s 2nd Prime Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. It attempts to uncover whether he had actually died a natural death or was it a state-sponsored murder.
The direction of Vivek Agnihotri flickers like the light which has lost its fuse. The movie strays in 12 Angry Men territory so much that it even copies its initial ambience structure where one light is flickering continuously, the fan is not working and people offering cigarettes and exchanging pleasantries. Director over-welcomes his stay in 12 Angry Men when he mirrors characters from the cult classic. Pallavi Joshi plays the necessary devil’s advocate to Shweta Basu Prasad’s white sheep.
Screenplay falls like a pack of cards when a huge turbine is switched on when the drama moves out of that courtroom drama-esque room. The cinematography does what is bare necessary. The reason to change the colour palette of the film when it shoots in exterior, beats me.
Shweta Basu Prasad nails as Ragini Phule! Mithun Chakraborty as Shyam Sunder Tripathi just proves why he is an under-rated veteran. Pankaj Tripathi is very impressive in his comic role. Naseeruddin Shah has played his part well and so have Pallavi Joshi and Mandira Bedi.
Without much scope for music, the makers bring in a couple of tracks as a last minute resort to save the movie but it goes in vain.
Calling the background score weak will be sugar coating it.
The dialogues when the historian, journalist, ex-raw agents and many others argue trying to suffice their inner motos while acting like they are there to do the right thing, will demand your attention and also they manage to drop some truth bombs.
The movie’s best scene is where Pallavi Joshi drops the truth bomb of this election season when someone asks her to raise her hand she questions ‘Which One – Left ya Right?’ The movie is filled with truth bombs and shout-outs to previous Indian political faux-pas’ and scams. Though the movie is thought-provoking, one thought which arises is whether the movie is worth the pain of braving traffic and pay the huge ransom-esque amount to watch it in the theater.
We give The Tashkent Files 1.5 stars with corrupted file kink.
Director: Vivek Agnihotri Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinay Patha...1.5