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Vishal Bhardwaj teams up with Tabu, Ali Fazal for spy thriller Khufiya

This will mark the third collaboration between director Bhardwaj and Tabu after Maqbool (2004) and Haider (2014).

Shriram Iyengar

Actress Tabu has announced that she will be collaborating yet again with her Maqbool (2004) and Haider (2014) director Vishal Bhardwaj, this time on a spy thriller. The film, titled Khufiya, will also feature Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi in key roles.

"Expect nothing but sheer thrill. Excited to announce my reuniting with Vishal Bhardwaj for Khufiya. Coming very soon on Netflix India!" the actress wrote on Instagram.


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Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj Films and directed by Bhardwaj, Khufiya is a story about Krishna Mehra, an operative of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) who is assigned the task of tracking down a mole selling India’s defence secrets, all along grappling with her dual identity of a spy and a lover.

The film is based on Amar Bhushan's novel, Escape to Nowhere. Published in 2012, the novel quickly shot up the Indian bestseller lists.

Khufiya is also backed by Netflix, which had produced Tabu's previous web-series A Suitable Boy (2020).

The actress said, "Khufiya is a one-of-a-kind project extremely close to my heart and I am excited to be a part of this gripping spy thriller. As always, it's a delight working with VB again, and feels like homecoming!”

In a press note, director and producer Bhardwaj  said, “With Khufiya, my attempt is to create an edgy espionage film that contrasts the slow burn of intelligence and surveillance work with one’s deep-rooted emotional conflicts.”

Pratiksha Rao, director, films and licensing, Netflix India, added, “We are thrilled to partner with the master of storytelling, Vishal Bhardwaj, on Khufiya. His films are known to brilliantly showcase inherent conflicts between different characters and their worlds through moving stories, and we can't wait for our members to experience this through the incredible story of Khufiya."

Bhardwaj recently announced the title of his son Aasmaan Bhardwaj's directorial debut, Kuttey. The film is in pre-production.

Tabu has also been cast alongside Kartik Aaryan in the horror comedy, Bhool Bhulaiyya 2, which is expected to be released this year.

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