The Tashkent Files is a conspiracy thriller film about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the movie stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty in lead roles. As India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on 15th August, even The Tashkent Files premiers digitally on ZEE5 the same day! Let’s celebrate our country and revel in the spirit of patriotism with songs from the movie. Although the flick doesn’t have many songs, it does use rap and rock to put forth a message, very brilliantly so if we may add.
Saare Jahan Se Acchha is a rap version of the national song, crooned by Jayaraman Mohan, Arya Acharya, RJ Archana, RJ Anuraag Pandey, RJ Rohini, Ekdant Kalakshetra, Swara Sharma and Nyonishi Cousins. Vivek and music composer Rohit Sharma have penned the lyrics of the song which very well reflects on India’s current political situation. You can watch the song here:
Another number from the film is Sach Chalta Hai, which has been made in Electronic and Rock versions respectively too. The lyrics of this song strike a chord, speaking directly to the listener about a web of lies. It is of prime importance since Shastri’s death under mysterious circumstance gave birth to several conspiracy theories. He died hours after signing the ‘Tashkent Declaration’ ending the Indo-Pak 1965 war. Although the cause of his death was said to be a heart attack, many including his family believe otherwise.
Radha Tori Batiyaan is a Thumri sung by Ritesh Rajnish Mishra and written by Aazad who also co-wrote Sach Chalta Hai. In a rock version, the song has been presented as a jugalbandi between Ritesh Rajnish Mishra and Geet Sagar too. What is impressive about the music of The Tashkent Files is that despite a content-heavy film, it fits in perfectly.
The Tashkent Files also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Mandira Bedi and Pallavi Joshi in the lead roles.
Rest assured, you will walk away learning more about Indian politics after watching The Tashkent Files, thus, the film is a must-watch for every Indian!
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