The Tashkent Files, Vivek Agnihotri directorial which claims to show the reality behind the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri, has embroiled into a controversy. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandsons Vibhakar Shastri and Diwakar Shastri have sent a legal notice seeking a stay on the release of the movie.
The notice alleged that film is an “attempt to create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy,” and that The Tashkent Files is a propaganda movie.
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandsons have said that the makers of the movie, did not seek permission from any member of the family, they further added that in case they wanted to release the movie, a pre-screening should have been arranged. A written complaint has also been submitted to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the censor board.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has acknowledged the receipt of the notice. He said that he has shown the movie to the Lal Bahadur Shashtri’s family, for which they even expressed their gratitude to him. “I fail to understand why would the top Congress leaders do that? Why would Congress want to stop the movie, shut me up? Why am I being constantly bullied, threatened to release the film? Why are they scared of a movie that raises some questions on a citizen’s #RightToTruth?”.
The Tashkent Files, featuring Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad and Pallavi Joshi, is scheduled to hit the cinemas on Friday, April 12.