Bengaluru: The first trailer for The Tashkent Files was released online today March 25. The thriller is based on mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Director Vivek Agnihotri shared the trailer on Twitter, and wrote, “The wait is over. The official trailer is here.”

According to our history book, we know Shashtri died due to a heart attack, but many of his supporters and family members believe that his death was a political conspiracy and a pre-planned murder. But who knows, what is the truth.  

Here in the movie, the filmmaker is trying to seek answers to the questions on the table such as how did Shashtri get a heart attack or did someone poison the milk that he used to drink before going off to sleep at night? And why there was no bell in his room to call his helper that he could have called for help when he got an attack.

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Immediately after the former PM's death, the family members of Shastri officially requested a post-mortem to the then acting Prime Minister Gulzarilal Nanda denied. With this film, Agnihotri is trying to seek the truth behind one of 'the biggest cover-up in Indian history', and he hopes his movie might have an answer to the mystery. 

Interestingly in the trailer, there was a part, which suggests that Shastri had news about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s whereabouts.

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In his earlier interview with PTI, the director said it is odd that India, the biggest democracy in the world, has no knowledge and document to uncover the mystery behind Shastri's death. 


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"This issue has been raised in Parliament for the last 50 years and yet, we are trying to find out the truth. I picked up the gauntlet and tried finding the truth, and hence I filed RTIs, but I was shattered. The RTI said there is no information. Our beloved second prime minister dies and the biggest democracy in the world does not have any information and documents," he said to PTI.

The film features Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinay Pathak and Pankaj Tripathi among others in pivotal roles. The film will release on April 12, 2019.