“Khufiya” Review with movies joy: Vishal Bhardwaj’s cine exile complete, Tabu, Vamika and Ali crowned with charismatic acting
Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj and Rekha Bhardwaj
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Writer: Rohan Narula and Vishal Bhardwaj
Artists: Tabu, Vamika Gabbi, Ali Fazal, Ashish Vidyarthi, Atul Kulkarni, Ajmeri Haq, Lalit Parimu, Shataf Figar and Navnindra Bahl.
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I’ve been frustrated with Vishal Bhardwaj for a while. The magic of his song ‘Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai’ in the movie ‘Raabta’ faded over the past 14 years. Back when he composed for ‘Maachis’, it felt like Hindi cinema’s love for music, instruments, and voices was undiminished. But that feels like a thing of the past now. ‘Khufiya’ represents a new era and trend in his work after a five-year hiatus since ‘Pataakha’. It’s been 14 years since I praised any of his films. People who know him have been talking, speculating about his struggles. Some offered condolences, others suggested he took up ‘Khufiya’ due to his current challenges. But it seems like Vishal’s luck might turn around with this movie.”
A talented director found a compelling story:
His Shakespeare-based film trilogy “Maqbool,” “Omkara,” and “Haider” is considered a classic of Hindi cinema. It was regarded as a benchmark for the dwindling use of Hindi in Hindi cinema when I produced a prime time special on Zed News about the language of ‘Omkara’. Cinema is a reflection of society, and as time’s dust builds up on the mirror, the image occasionally becomes obscured. With the release of “Saat Khoon Maaf” in 2011, the narrative of Vishal’s failure to grasp the times officially began. His drum played loudly until “Kaminey.” Following this, in the films “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola,” “Rangoon,” and “Patakha,” he did not offend his fans as much. Following the screening, there was a lengthy discussion about whether Vishal had chosen the stories incorrectly or whether he had made mistakes in his own direction. We can see from watching Amar Bhushan’s most recent movie, “Khufiya,” which is based on the book “Escape to Nowhere,” that a good story should come first for a skilled director. Additionally, Vishal had chosen this story incorrectly the first time around.
India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh:
Irfan had vanished by the time Vishal heard the rest of the story. In Hindi cinema, Tabu has been his biggest ally since Irrfan. It should be commended that Tabu is producing films with strong audiences these days due to the type of work she is doing. In the Netflix original movie “Khufiya,” Tabu appears in a completely different role. The social façade of this character is that of a tyrannical officer, while her inner self is that of a woman whose half-burned desires are sputtering into flame and spewing steam out of her chest. The death of Krishna Mehra, also known as KM’s Humraj, while on a mission in Bangladesh brings back memories of the period immediately following the Kargil war, when India and Pakistan were heavily involved in Bangladesh’s elections. Even Uncle Sam was very interested in what was happening.
The real account of the agent who disappeared in 2004:
For fans of detective stories, ‘Khufiya’ stands out as a thrilling gift this year, based on the real-life disappearance of a secret agent in 2004. It’s a gripping tale, making it hard to reveal much without spoiling the excitement. However, the film’s trailer, along with details in newspapers, books, and social media, hints at the intriguing story of the RAW agent’s mysterious vanishing. The film delves into the audacious intrusion of a foreign agency into India’s top spy organization, revealing astonishing methods. Vishal and Rohan Narula have crafted the script impeccably, adding to the intrigue
Tabu ages like fine wine:
Tabu’s performance in ‘Khufiya’ is like fine wine – only getting better with time. Her portrayal in the film exudes a unique charm. Whether it’s her expressions, her walk, or even her silence, Tabu embodies her character flawlessly. Her emotions are palpable, even in a single tear. Watching her on screen feels like indulging in a captivating addiction. It’s akin to savoring vintage wine
Vamika, the emerging star of Hindi cinema:
Vamika, the rising star of Hindi cinema, shines brightly in ‘Khufiya’. Her brilliance matches the seasoned actors. Leaving behind her established career in Punjabi cinema, Vamika embraced a new journey with Vishal. ‘Khufiya’ stands as a significant milestone, surpassing her previous successes like ‘Charlie Chopra’ and ‘Jubilee’. The daughter of a soldier and wife of a RAW officer, Vamika’s performance is awe-inspiring. It’s hard to imagine any other actress portraying the role with such dedication, as she goes to great lengths to uphold the honor of the tricolor
Exceptional performances by Ajmeri and Navnindra:
The acting skills of Ajmeri Haq and Navninder Bahl stand out in the movie. Credit goes to casting director Gautam Kishanchandani for selecting the perfect actors for each role. Ashish Vidyarthi’s arrival adds the initial spark to the story, while Shataf Figaar’s character keeps the audience guessing. Lalit Parimu might not be instantly recognizable, but Atul Kulkarni, in a brief appearance, leaves a lasting impression as a busy husband and father. Two notable actors in the film are Bangladeshi actress Ajmeri Haq, playing a crucial role, and Navninder Bahl, whose character becomes pivotal. When their true identities are revealed, it leaves the audience in shock
This marks Ali’s true debut:
Ali Fazal truly shines in ‘Khufiya’, marking his genuine debut in the industry. While Tabu and Vamika Gabbi excel, Ali’s performance stands out. His acting prowess has always been exceptional, yet he never seemed to take it seriously. He effortlessly outshines many popular actors of our time. After this movie, producers with unique storylines on their wishlists will likely consider him. Unlike the usual names like Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal, or Varun Dhawan, Ali Fazal’s talent is reminiscent of young Sanjeev Kumar. With directors like Vishal Bhardwaj, who can bring out his full potential, Ali has the potential to truly shine
Vishal Bhardwaj’s hiatus comes to an end:
“In creating ‘Khufiya’, Vishal Bhardwaj poured his heart and soul, just as he always does in his movies. He took on multiple roles – producer, writer, lyricist, musician, and even singer this time. He beautifully sang verses of Kabir and Rahim, adding a unique touch. Collaborating with talents like Arijit and Sunidhi, he crafted melodies based on Gulzar’s poetic Mausam. His wife Rekha Bhardwaj, a constant support, joined him on this creative journey. After a long hiatus, Vishal Bhardwaj gave his all in every aspect, and it feels like he’s been reborn as a creator. ‘Khufia’ stands as the best Hindi film on Netflix this year. With no major releases in the remaining months, it could rightfully claim the title of the best Hindi film on this platform. Undoubtedly, this film will earn accolades when the National Film Awards are announced this year.
Author: Sangeeta Verma
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