Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming film, The Tashkent Files, which is based on the mysterious death of our former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri has landed in a legal trouble.
According to reports, Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandsons, Vibhakar Shastri and Diwakar Shastri has sent a legal notice to the makers of the film, demanding to stall the release of the film.
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.
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s family sends legal notice to director Vivek Agnihotri
Shastri’s grandson also says that ahead of the film’s release the producers should have arranged the pre-screening for the family, but no such arrangement was made.
Here is the complaint filed and addressed to the director and the production house:
On the other hand, when Vivek was asked about the same, he said, “As you are aware that my film ‘The Tashkent Files’ is releasing on the 12th. Last night we have been served a legal notice seeking to stop the release of the film by the prominent Congress member and also Ex-Secretary of Congress who also happens to be Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandson and a close aide of the top family. This is despite them seeing the film, appreciating it and expressing their gratitude to me in person in the 7th April in Delhi at PVR.”
“I have come to know from the horse’s mouth that they have been coerced to do this by the top family. Shastri’s grandsons have been used as scapegoats as the orders are from the top family. 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?”he added.
“This is the first film in the history of Indian cinema which is dedicated to the journalists of India. This is a rare film where a young journalist comes out victor in her crusade to #RightToTruth. I expect our journalists to ask the top family and all concerned why do they want to stop the release of the film? What is making them feel so threatened?” he concluded.
The film will stars Naseeruddin Shah as PKR Natrajan, Pallavi Joshi as Aiysha Ali Shah, Pankaj Tripathi as Gangaram Jha, Shweta Basu Prasad as Raagini Phule, Mithun Chakraborty as Shyam Sundar Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Mandira Bedi, Ankur Rathee and Prakash Belawadi.
Written and directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, produced by Pranay Chokshi, Haresh Patel, Pallavi Joshi and Vivek, the movie is slated to release on 12 April.