As 'The Tashkent Files', a film on the mysterious death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, is all set to hit the theatres, director Vivek Agnihotri and the makers have been served with a legal notice.
The notice says that the trailer is an 'attempt to create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy. The film in question is not only wrong portrayal of fact and fiction, it is a propaganda.'
Here is the complaint filed and addressed to the director and the production house -
Vivek Agnihotri “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 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."
He further said: "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 concluded by saying: "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?"
The murder mystery stars Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Mandira Bedi and Pallavi Joshi in the lead roles. The film is slated to hit the screens on April 12.
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