Despite limited screens and stiff competition from holdover releases like Kesari and RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter), Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty's The Tashkent Files showed substantial growth over the weekend at the box office. The thriller raked in Rs 1 crore yesterday and now stands at the grand total of Rs 2.20 crore.
Since Kalank is arriving two days in advance, The Tashkent will lose out maximum screens at the theatres. The film, which is based on the mysterious death of India's second PM late Lal Bahadur Shastri, is directed by Vivek Agnihotri, who previously helmed films like Chocolate, Buddha in a Traffic Jam and Junooniyat among many others.
Talking about the film, actress Pallavi Joshi, who plays one of the key characters in film had said, "We always celebrate the contribution of (Mahatma) Gandhi and (Jawaharlal) Nehru which is great. But shall we ignore the contribution and sacrifice of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lokmanya Tilak) and many of them, who played an important part in India's freedom movement? I think since we are taught that two individuals are responsible for India's independence, our earlier generations never questioned them critically. But questioning important matters is a common practice in a democracy."
Pallavi elaborated her character and added, "She is the nastiest woman I have ever played. She is one of those historians, who comes from a family of Nawabs and is decorated by the government. She believes that she has the right to write on people the way she wants and people around her are inferior. She is dark, she is arrogant and I really had a great time performing such a character."
Produced under the banner of SP CineCorp and Vivek Agnihotri Creates, The Tashkent Files also stars Shweta Basu, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Mandira Bedi, Ankur Rathee and Prakash Belawadi in key roles. Anyway, have you liked the film? Tweet to us @Bollywood_life
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