Modern film makers are taking a scoop of history and bringing unknown and yet unravelled stories from Indian history. Vivek Agnihotri’s Tashkent Files is one such, which talks about the life and sudden death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the former Prime Minister of India. 15 Minute Screener of Tashkent Files was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival. TheDigitalHash caught up with the director Vivek Agnihotri about the Tashkent Files experience at Cannes.
How did the Tashkent Files screening go at Cannes?
It was 15 minute screener of Tashkent Files. I was invited for a Panel Discussion around the film because I shot in Uzbekistan. The first screening was at The Cannes Market. The second screening was at the India pavilion. The Government of India showcased four National Award-winning films plus the 15 minute screener of my film.
How was the reception?
We got a standing ovation. More than that, many festival directors have now approached me, they want to screen the film at their festivals. I have had so many invitations now.
How was it working with Mithun Chakraborthy in this film?
He is known for a different kind of cinema but his performance will be a revelation for a whole new audience. We shouldn’t ignore the fact that he’s a National Award winner.
And Naseeruddin Shah?
Both Mithun and Naseer are masters of their craft. Everyone who has seen the film has appreciated the research that has gone into the film. We researched for more than three years, and it shows. Tashkent Files will open new avenues for everyone involved.
What about the India release now?
We are still in post-production mode. I have just returned from Cannes and will now get into the finer details. We should have an Indian release very soon.
Tashkent Files is produced by Pranay Chokshi, Haresh Patel and Pallavi Joshi. Sharad Patel and Anuya Ritesh Kudecha are co-producers. Tashkent Files stars Mithun Chakraborthy, Naseeruddin Shah, Shweta Basu and others.