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“Notice against The Tashkent Files is politically motivated”

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Published on April 14, 2019 with No Comments

After The Tashkent Files makers were served a legal notice by grandsons of former prime minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri, seeking a stay on the film’s release, director Vivek Agnihotri said in a statement that the move is politically motivated.

The film, slated to hit screens on 12 April, is based on the mysterious death of India’s second prime minister Shastri in Tashkent (formerly a part of USSR, now in Uzbekistan) in 1966.

In his statement, Agnihotri said that the Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandson is a member of Congress and alleges that “they have been coerced to do this by the top family.” Contrary to the notice, which demanded that the film be screened for the family before its release in theatres, Agnihotri stated that they have seen the film, “appreciated it and expressed their gratitude to me in person in the 7 April in Delhi at PVR.” “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?” Agnihotri asked in his statement.

Shastri’s family has questioned the timing of the film’s release, clashing with the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections beginning on 11 April.

They have also alleged that the makers did not seek permission from the immediate family members of Shastri, adding that they do not bear any doubt regarding the leader’s death.




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