The Tashkent Files Review

The Tashkent Files is a movie which unravels the highly sensitive chapters from the 53 year old history. A high voltage drama, series of allegations, thrills, suspense, political drama and a quest for truth.

I am not a great reviewer but I ocassionally write about movies and books which are thought provoking and conveys some message.

Very few movies and books leaves a impression on the reader or the viewer’s mind which provokes them with a series of thoughts on a particular matter.

I don’t see things from critical point of view and may be that is the reason I enjoy the simple message it conveys and the movie, The Tashkent Files conveyed a very simple yet a vivid message.

The movie represents story of a young, energetic and a rookie journalist Ragini (Shweta Basu Prasad) who is looking for scoop, a unique story to give her career a boost. A scoop which could stire a sensation on the social media and T.V channels.

On her birthday she recieves an anonymous call and her life changes upside down. 

Tashkent Files Synopsis

Soon after Ragini decides to take up the case as a scoop she was looking for, she publishes a cover story in the newspaper which leads to a lot of turbulance in the political world.

It leads to formation of a committe of nine members under the jurisdiction of a powerful leader Shyam Sundar Tipathi (Mithun Chakraborty) which includes historian, judge, director of archives, journalist, social acitivist, intelligence officer and politicians.

Where everyone plays the blame game, confuses the intent, Ragini gets obssessed with the quest for truth. She goes beyond her capacities and unfolds the mystery and comes out with shocking revelations.

Her each steps agrrevates the level of danger for her as she in her journey of finding the truth has to deal with spies, politicians and people who dont want to be found, the more she gets closer to the truth the more hurdles crosses her path.

What is Tashkent Agreement

The meeting was held in Tashkent (Soviet Union) from 4–10 January 1966 to try to create a more permanent settlement. The Soviets, represented by Premier Alexei Kosygin, moderated between Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Pakistani President Muhammad Ayub Khan.

Tashkent Files

After signing Tashkent Agreement (from L-R). Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pakistani Foreign Minister Z. A. Bhutto, President Ayub Khan and Soviet Union Prime Minister Kosygin

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The Tashkent conference, under United Nations, American and Soviet pressure, compelled India and Pakistan to abide by their previous treaty obligations and accept Status quo ante bellum – to give away the captured regions of each other and return to the 1949 ceasefire line in Kashmir.

The Tashkent Declaration was a peace agreement between India and Pakistan signed on 10 January 1966 that resolved the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.The war between India and Pakistan in 1965 was an escalation of the small scale and irregular fighting from April 1965 to September 1965 between both countries.

The conference was viewed as a great success and the declaration that was released was hoped to be a framework for lasting peace. The declaration stated that Indian and Pakistani forces would pull back to their pre-conflict positions, pre-August lines, no later than 25 February 1966, the nations would not interfere in each other’s internal affairs, economic and diplomatic relations would be restored, there would be an orderly transfer of prisoners of war, and the two leaders would work towards improving bilateral relations. (Source: Tashkent Declaration)

My thoughts

We all know India’s ex-Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shahstri ji as the second Prime Minister of our country, but do we even know that 2nd October is not only Mahatma Gandhi ji’s Birthday but, Lal Bahadur Shashtri ji’s birthdate too?

Do we ever remember him? His significant contributions at the time of India-Pakistan war in 1960’s were commendable and noteworthy . The green revolution, white revolution which made India a food surplus country were all his initiatives.

Above all, his mysterious death in Tashkent was burried deep down in our history. Did he actually died of a heart-attack or was he poisoned? If he was killed what could have been the motive and above all if at all he was killed then Who Killed Shastri ji?

Lal Bahadur Shashtri ji died on 11 January 1966 in the then USSR’s Tashkent. He went to Tashkent to sign an agreement , which was criticized in India because it did not contain a no-war pact or any renunciation of guerrilla warfare in Kashmir.

After signing the agreement, Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died mysteriously in TashkentShastri’s sudden death led to persistent conspiracy theories that he was poisoned.

The movie Tashkent Files provokes it’s viewer to question all these historical facts. I am neither a politically knowleadgeable person nor do I hold any significant historical knowledge but all I know is as the citizen of India, which is a democratic country there is a lot burried in deep past which was erased from the annals of the history.

Some significant events were permanently deleted from the memories of the entire generation and it is not the movie which tells so much but it is all over the internet. Even in the movie a lot of things were claimed but in the end there came a disclaimer saying that the authenticity of all the facts displayed in the film cannot be verified.

Also read my review on Evening Shadows

Now if you watch the movie or have heard about this chapter before, I leave this upto your imgaination if Shastri ji died out of heart-attack or was he killed? The movie is available at Zee5.



Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair

Recently, I have created another Professional Blog of my own named Sanity Daily, dedicated to In laws stress and Mental Health. Do visit once 🙂





Five series I binge watched at Netflix

I am a die hard Netflix fan but certainly not an addict, I binge watch pyschological thrillers and suspense series if it interests me.

How I landed up at Netlix

I hardly watch T.V. even if I do it is only Music channel which grabs my attention, while the remote control of our T.V. stays arrested in my daughter’s abode 🙂 Me and my husband love to read and we love to watch thrillers at Netlfix. Movies or series, he has managed to change my preferences from romantic and light comedy to pyschological thrillers and suspense series. And I am not complaining 🙂

Here I am sharing my best or most loved watch list of series I have finished watching in last one year, we wait for the weekends to pull off a new series or a movie from Netflix and we enjoy it over a cup of coffee together.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

My first love from Netflix, this was a like a cornerstone for me. I never watched Benedict Cumberbatch as a consulting detective before this, I only knew him as Dr. Strange.

Based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Holmes series is modern, edgy, and mysterious. Based at Baker Street, London, Sherlock Holmes protrays a character with high intelligence, goes with the implicative theory of the science of deduction, calls himself as a high functioning sociopath and is as brilliant and arrogant as ever.

His loyal friend John Watson served in the Afghanistan war as an army doctor, who is an eccentric genuis and Holmes’ everyday companion. Together, they embark on thrilling, funny, and outrageous adventures.

Catch out these Baker Street boys if you haven’t yet.

Jessica Jones

Jesssica Jones

After I finished watching Sherlock Holmes and as I mentioned it became a cornerstone series for me, my search went on untill I found something equivalent to the series and I landed up at Jessica Jones.

Starring Krysten Rytter, a PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) stricken superhero hangs up her costume and opens her own detective agency in this superhero drama.

A result of DNA trial after a traumatic accident. Jessica gains superpowers and her life turns upside down. Mysteries unfold as she gets each case and meet the hounds of her pasts. You will witness so much pain,trauma and suspense in this series but in the end you will sympathise with the character as the story moves with so much to tell.

13 Reasons Why

13 reasons why

A perfect high-school scenario. With open friendship, broken realtionships, spoilt brats, abuse, bullying and enormous stress. It is purely a high-school drama based on the novel by Jay Asher published in 2007.

The series portrayes a cheerful beginning, followed by painful encounters and the hopeless ending. Although I did not enjoyed watching this one much but the circumstances which causes the central character of the series Hannah Baker to commit suicide were very disturbing and thought-provoking.

It made me realise that we as teenager or teenagers today hide so many things within themselves thinking no one will understand but it could lead to such a tragedy which could never be altered or undone. Take the googd from bad and leave the rest was my conclusion after watching the series.

Also read : Evening Shadows the movie

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the new black

Now this is extra ordinary #orangeforever. Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama will take you to the places you have never been. Its stories crossed lines of class, race, sexuality and gender and mixed up comedy and drama to a huge extent.

Revolving around the central character of the series Piper and Alex. Ten years after transporting drug money to Alex, Piper is imprisoned for the crime. The toughness of prison changes her drastically as an individual, compelling her to do the unthinkable.

Life at priosn, the challenges and struggle they face is another prison inside a prison with the crucial inmates. An altogether different world which I never imagined exists. A prison full of women,their relationships, sex, violence, prison riot, murders, betrayals, death and fully loaded high voltage drama.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

After Sherlock Holmes if I have thoroughly enjoyed watching any series it is,The Blacklist. You need to watch this series for three reasons:

Raymond Reddington

Raymond Reddington

and Raymond Reddington

Raymond Reddington (James Spader) The most wanted fugitive in U.S. He is one astonishing character who will make you laugh, you will love him, hate him, but each and every episode will make you more curious thinking what happens next. Mind-blowing team of FBI agents, and Idle boss and teamwork you will ever witness in the real life so I just enjoyed watching it at reel life.

I loved how the central characters of the series unfolds each and every blacklister in the country and the story moves parallel with the hidden secrets and mysteries which will leave you ashtonished and wanting for more.

Sacred Games, Mirzapur, Liela and Rabindra Nath Tagore Short Stories are few more which I have watched and all had a different flavour. Some also had too much violence, language and disturbing elements.

I prefer wathching documentries on real life and Netflix has many to offer, someday I will write a post sharing my movie watch list too. Weekend is around, hope you have a good time.

P.S: If nothing else interests you do watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S once if you have not watched it, You will never regret it.

An American Sitcom which has grabbed the heart of millions


Much love and gratitude



Ten things about me

I always love to have a personal connection with my fellow bloggers.

I do write a lot and I deliberately take time and visit my blogger friends list and read their latest post, sorry if I miss on something important but I am always there 🙂

Recently I had visited Rinki Tiwari’s blog and in her latest post she had written amazing ten facts about herself and encouraged others to post theirs, so here I am with my ten secrets :). Hope you love reading it and do visit Rinki’s blog, she is an amazing artist, you will fall in love with her Art Journals.

  1. Cleanliness Freak: I am often named as OCD because I have this cleanliness freak inside me, no matter how tired or unwell I am, I just cannot stand an untidy place, I know sometimes it becomes difficult to find a clean and hygienic place everywhere and then the adjustment becomes a big challenge for me. I always carry sanitizers and tissues with me 😀
  2. Chocolate and Coffee addict: Yes I am guilty of that at times but I just cannot sit without a cup of strong coffee when I am writing or reading something. I also have Chamomile tea and green tea once in a day. Chocolate is another weakness, for which I and my daughter are on the same page.
  3. I am an MBA in finance, CFA and Computers Diploma holder. Blogging just happened to me out of love for writing, it was never planned. I have worked with MNCs for seven years.
  4. I was diagnosed with the first stage of Lymph node Tubercular in 2016 for which my treatment lasted for 11 months.
  5. Mine is a love marriage and has a five-year-old daughter named Ishaanvi, I have tattooed her name on my wrist.
  6. I am a very sensitive and emotional person, which goes against me at times.
  7. I love to support people who are genuine, honest and dedicated towards their work and life.
  8. I do each and every household chore by myself, right from house cleaning to cooking. I love staying organized and particular about everything.
  9. I am dead scared of lizards.
  10. I love to travel but due to the motion sickness problem, I can’t travel more frequently. Car, flight, bus journey sicken me, I still prefer train journey for longer routes.


Would love to read ten facts about you all!!

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