The Tashkent Files is all about a young and ambitious journalist Ragini Phule (Shweta Basu Prasad), who receives an anonymous tip about a scoop behind India's ex-Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's mysterious death in Tashkent in 1966.
Ragini publishes a story in the newspaper, which leads to an official committee being set up by the government to investigate the 53-year-old case. The Tashkent Files tries to draw your attention towards the strange circumstances under which Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's second Prime Minister, died in his hotel/chalet in Uzbekistan (then USSR), after sealing a deal with Pakistan, post the 1965 war.
The reason of his death still remains a mystery as some feel that he died a natural death, while others feel that he was poisoned. However, according to official records, Lal Bahadur Shastri died due to a cardiac arrest.
The Tashkent Files is essentially modelled on Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama 12 Angry Men (1957), but sadly this one is just all over the place. However, one needs to applaud Vivek Agnihotri for putting together an ensemble that's simply wow. Every actor has given their best. Sadly, most of them have been saddled with a lame script.
Anyways, moving on, now, what is really disappointing about this film is the fact that what director Vivek Agnihotri has tried to put together, is nothing what we already do not know. Most of what we see in the film is available across the net. There is nothing new about the content, something that I feel is a huge downer.
Also, the storytelling is half-baked and lacks the finesse that such a heavy-duty film requires. It also doesn't help that the final slide of the movie tells the audience that the authenticity of all the facts displayed in the film cannot be verified.
All in all, The Tashkent Files is a film that becomes very tedious because most of the time the film is all about arguments between the panellists, which often turning dramatic and hysterical.
The Tashkent Files is one film that can we avoided as there is nothing interesting about this one.