Uri: The Surgical Strike and The Tashkent Files, both have completed 100 days at theatres across the country. After Vicky Kaushal’s Uri, it is Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files that set the record for running non-stop at the box office despite receiving stiff business from multiple movies this year.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced the news on social media.The film has also fared well in terms of business at the box office and has faced ample controversy in terms of its subject and the filmmaker’s statement now and again in the media.
This year, the ICC World Cup was also a major factor influencing film’s business for the last couple of months.
The Tashkent Files deals with former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death in Tashkent when he was there for the Tashkent Declaration ( 10 January 1966) to resolve the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 under the moderation of former Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.
The film has an ensemble star cast, the likes of which include seasoned actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Mandira Bedi, Pallavi Joshi, Ankur Rathee and Prakash Belawadi among others.
His last release, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, had also drawn a lot of attention. A semi-autobiographical, socio-political drama that dealt with Naxal-intelligentsia inter-meddling had seen large scale violent protests upon its release, which had prevented the film’s screening in a few campuses.
Vivek Agnihotri’s directorial The Tashkent Files released on 12 April 2019.
#Uri and now #TheTashkentFiles… Completes 100 meritorious days in theatres… A rarity in today’s times when *most* movies feel exhausted after 3/4 weeks… #TheTashkentFiles braved multiple films week after week, cricket matches, scathing reviews, yet emerged a success story. pic.twitter.com/rrqqLXjx3M
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 19, 2019