Naseer-Mithun

Veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah (right) and Mithun Chakraborty (left) will come together for the fifth time in Vivek Agnihotri’s investigative thriller “The Tashkent Files,” after last working together 33 years ago. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—It will be the first crowd-sourced film on India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has announced his next directorial venture, “The Tashkent Files,” on the mysterious death of the second prime minister of the country, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The director has roped in Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty for the film which is an investigative thriller. Shah and Chakraborty come together for the fifth time after last working together 33 years ago.

The movie will have two sides to the narrative. The story is a crowd-sourced idea. Agnihotri had tweeted about his death anniversary last year when he received a lot of response on Twitter when people asked him to make a film on the subject. He asked people for suggestions and received a lot of response on mail. After this, he did much research. The director has stated that this is the most researched work on Shastri and it is the most apolitical film about a political leader.

The director will be casting a prominent actor for the role of Shastri, and the announcement will happen soon. The film goes on floor next week.

Films starring Mithun Chakraborty and Naseeruddin Shah:

1. Khwab/1980/Shakti Samanta/Average

2. Hum Paanch/1981/S.K. Bapu/Super-Hit

3. Swami Dada/1982/Dev Anand/Flop

4. Ghulami/1985/J.P. Dutta/Average

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