The makers of the film 'The Tashkent Files', based on the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, on Wednesday, were served the legal notice by the members of the Shastri family. In the notice sent by grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Vibhakar Shastri, who is a member of the Congress party, it is alleged that the trailer is an 'attempt to create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy'.
"It is understood that an attempt has been made to create unwarranted and unnecessary controversy, propaganda surrounding the death of Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, former PM of India who had died a natural death and which has been successful to an extent post the release of the trailer of the film," the notice reads.
Speaking to Republic TV over the legal notice, Director of the film Vivek Agnihotri claimed that Vibhakar Shastri, who sent the legal notice, was coerced by the 'top family of the Congress party' to stop the screening of the film.
"It's been happening for quite some time. They have been bullying me and threatening me on social media, and I have also taken help from the Maharashtra government. Yesterday, I received a legal notice from senior Congress member Vibhakar Shastri, who also happens to be the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, to stop the movie saying that whatever is shown in the movie is not true. I have heard from the horses mouth that he has been coerced by the top family of the Congress party to serve it on me because if they serve it doesn't look correct for them, which will make them look like a guilty party. This is despite that he came for the screening of the movie," Agnihotri said.
Later, asserting that the family of the former Prime Minister, on whom the film 'The Tashkent Files' is based on, not only allowed the making of the film, but also attended the screening of the film on April 7 in Mumbai.
"The theme of the movie is dedicated to the journalists of India, that how the honest journalists of India fight for the right of truth. If I succumbed to this pressure then I won't do justice to my own theme. I am going to fight it out. I am going to take legal actions. I want to ask them why are they sending me legal notice and threatening my family," he added.
Murder mystery 'The Tashkent Files' 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.