In 2019, we saw some exciting Indian content which broke the stereotypes of conventional filmmaking. Various series such as ‘Made in Heaven’ and ‘Lakhon Mein Ek’ did not shy away from portraying overt homosexuality and the intricate politics behind government-run health camps respectively.
The espionage genre stood out in particular with films and series such as War, The Family Man, Bard of Blood, Uri: The Surgical Strike and Balta House making a mark in the minds of the Indian audience.
Here I’ve taken a look at a few of the best Bollywood films that made good use of this genre:
The action packed thriller stars Tiger Shroff as an agent of an elite shadow unit of RAW assigned with the task of tracking down his mentor Kabir (Hrithik Roshan) who has mysteriously gone rouge.
Excessive measures such as plastic surgery is used to hide the identity of the terrorists. The movie focuses on unswerving patriotism of a number of soldiers in the nation’s intelligence wing.
The Family Man
The Manoj Bajpayee starrer emphasizes the role of intelligence officers in apprehending terrorists. The dis-proportionality in risks and benefits of the high pressure job stands out like a sore thumb. The Family man deviates for the norms of espionage genre by incorporating comedic elements in the ten part series.
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Uri: The Surgical Strike
Vicky Kaushal plays the lead role in this nationalism induced drama. The sharp contrast between the intelligence and army forces of the two rival countries, i.e. India and Pakistan is focused upon throughout the movie.
Bard of Blood
An ex-communicated RAW agent is deployed on a rescue mission after four Indian operatives were taken hostage by the terrorist organisation Taliban. The crime thriller produced by Shahrukh Khan, showcases Pakistan as a hotbed for terrorism.
Based on the Batla House encounter case of 2008, it casts John Abraham as the police officer who plays a crucial role in the encounter. Phone tapping and surveillance plays a key role in apprehending the assailants of the terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen.
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