The Tashkent Files is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language thriller film about the death of former Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, it stars Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty in leading roles.
The film released on 12th April 2019 to grossly poor reviews from critics and was widely deemed to be politically motivated in light of the concurrent 2019 general elections.
Vivek Agnihotri the director of the film announced the film in January 2018. Commenting on the story of the film he stated that The Tashkent Files is going to be country’s first crowd-sourced thriller.
He further stated that the film will be made after doing research work on Shastriji as it will be an apolitical film about a political leader.
The filming began in January 2018. In February 2018 he invited from the public any information, book, link or memory related to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death in Tashkent to help him solve the ‘decades old enigma’ surrounding the death of former prime minister of India.
On 6 January 2019 Agnihotri giving details of his film announced the tentative release date.