1. Naseeruddin Shah's introduction
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death remains a mystery, even five decades later. The ex-Indian Prime Minister died under mysterious circumstances in the capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Vivek Agnihotri attempts to draw attention to the conspiracy theories surrounding Shastri’s death in his 2019 film The Tashkent Files. It also tries to uncover whether or not a foul play was involved in the death of former PM. The mystery thriller stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Vinay Pathak, and Pankaj Tripathi. The film is currently streaming on India’s fastest growing OTT platform, ZEE5.
While many of you have already watched The Tashkent Files, we present nine deleted scenes from the film that never made it to the film. These scenes offer a deeper insight into the characters and also connects several dots. Watch Naseeruddin’s introduction scene here:
2. The snake theory
Naseeruddin character’s P.K.R. Natrajan put forth an interesting point of view – “Saap mein dilchaspi wahi logg jyada rakhte hai jo ya to saap se bahot pyaar karte hai ya usse darte hai.”
3. Ragini speaks to her mother
In deleted scene #3, Natrajan doubts Imran’s loyalty. Meanwhile, Ragini (Shweta Basu Prasad) talks to her mother who asks her if she is doing the right thing!
4. Politicians and media
‘Politicians and Media’ clip shows the role played by the fourth pillar of democracy in decision-making. Besides, it also sheds light on the consequences of journalists following the truth.
5. Natrajan and Tripathi's game plan
Watch Natrajan and Tripathi (Mithun Chakraborty) hatch a game plan in deleted scene #5 of The Tashkent Files below:
6. Sab kuch politics hai
Deleted scene #6 starts with Tripathi reprimanding Ragini for not sticking to their deal. He is shocked to find out she knows more about politics than he thinks!
7. Na peena bhi aadat hai
Not smoking is a habit too, Aiysha Ali Shah (Pallavi Joshi) tells Ragini in the deleted scene #6 soon after which the latter is abducted.
8. Rana manipulates Indira
Rana (Prashantt Guptha) manipulates Indira Roy (Mandira Bedi) and tries to talk her out of the decision. Will she oblige?
9. Horse and the blank file
Tripathi comments in front of Natrajan that one should either become a horse or ride one, when in politics.
Needless to say, many twists and turns have taken place in the matter of Shastri’s death. What do you think about the event?
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