Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming spy thriller Khufiya finally gets a trailer. After almost a year of teasers with characters staring into the distance, Netflix’s latest images for its Tabu (Drishyam)-led film detail its spy mission involving a mole in R&AW’s Indian offices, selling sensitive data to enemy. Much of the plot revolves around hard-nosed agent Krishna Mehra (played by Tabu), who is forced to juggle her dual identities as spy and lover to track down the suspect. Bhardwaj draws the film from Amar Bhushan’s 2012 novel “Escape to Nowhere”, but changes the gender of the main character as he felt Tabu was better suited for the role. Khufiya is set to release on October 5 on Netflix.
The Khufiya trailer opens with a voiceover from senior agent Viraj Surve (Ashish Vidyarthi) introducing the mission, while we see field agent Krishna Mehra (Tabu) peeking out of an unsuspicious vehicle with dark curtains. “Someone betrayed us. We have a mole at the agency,” he said. Enter Ravi Mohan (Ali Fazal), the prime suspect who photocopied India’s defense secrets and brought them home, presumably to pass them on to enemy countries in exchange for big payments. Naturally, his entire family is monitored with hidden cameras and microphones, leading to some fruitful discoveries. Codenamed “Brutus” by the R&AW, Ravi is heard buying expensive gifts for his wife Mohini (Wamiqa Gabbi) and openly admitting to spying for another country. However, it’s unclear whether it’s serious, prompting debate over whether the team should continue to observe or take strong action.
As panic sets in, it is insinuated that Ravi somehow learned that his house was being watched – indicated by a shushing motion as his wife enters their bedroom. Not like she’s okay with that, considering Khufiya’s trailer soon shows a frightened Mohini confronting him with the information. “I think I’m two steps ahead of this country and that’s my crime! “, shouts Ravi, before we see the family moving to another country. “But I’m not a traitor! I’m a damn patriot! There also appears to be a subplot about Agent Mehra’s past involving a close friend – or, I suppose, lover – played by Bangladeshi actress Azmeri Haque Badhon, who was seen participating in field work when she was still considered a valuable asset. ” at R&AW. Hopefully we’ll get more information on this character, closer to release.
“I am so happy to work with my favorite director Vishal Bhardwaj again, as we reunite for the third time after Haider and Maqbool. Vishal’s unique vision and storytelling have always intrigued me, and Khufiya is no exception,” Tabu said in a prepared statement. The film also marks Bhardwaj’s first release on Netflix, which he co-wrote with Rohan Narula (Office vs. Office).
Khufiya releases October 5, exclusively on Netflix.