Tabu on Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Khufiya': It's not a regular spy thriller

"Khufiya" is an extremely personal project for actor Tabu, who describes the upcoming film as a deep dive into the world of espionage with the classic Vishal Bhardwaj touch

Tabu on Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Khufiya': It's not a regular spy thriller
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"Khufiya" is an extremely personal project for actor Tabu, who describes the upcoming film as a deep dive into the world of espionage with the classic Vishal Bhardwaj touch.

The Netflix film reunites the actor with her longtime collaborator and friend Bhardwaj following successful and acclaimed movies such as "Maqbool" (2003) and "Haider" (2013).

Calling "Khufiya" a passion project of Bhardwaj, Tabu said the film was conceptualised long ago but only went on floors last year.

"The film is Vishal's dear project, which actually was conceptualised long back but couldn't happen. Then the pandemic happened, which is when it picked up again. We were casting for it during COVID. It's the world of intelligence, agents, espionage but not like a regular spy thriller that you've seen," Tabu told PTI.

The film is inspired by true events and based on the popular espionage novel "Escape to Nowhere" by Amar Bhushan. Produced and directed by Bhardwaj, the film also stars Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi.

Tabu, who was most recently seen in the hit horror comedy "Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2", said the "Khufia" has Bhardwaj's "signature touch".

"It (the film) has turned out really well. It's thrilling, but different, like a classic Vishal film with his signature touch. We also have a fantastic ensemble cast, and it was so much fun collaborating with them. It is a personal film for all of us because we shot it quietly in Delhi, then in Canada. It's a world that will, hopefully, pull you in," the 50-year-old actor added.

"Khufiya" presents the story of Krishna Mehra, a R&AW operative who is assigned to track down the mole selling India's defence secrets while grappling with her dual identity of a spy and a lover.


Tabu will also be seen in another Vishal Bhardwaj production, "Kuttey". The caper thriller marks the directorial debut of the filmmaker's son, Aasmaan Bhardwaj.

"'Kuttey' has a crazy, crackling script. Aasmaan is (on) some other tangent from Vishal. He has a mind of his own. I've never seen any director get so happy over the smallest of things. He's also new, so that enthusiasm, preparedness shows," she added.

"Kuttey" also stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Naseeruddin Shah, Radhika Madan, Kumud Mishra and Shardul Bhardwaj. The film is backed by Vishal Bhardwaj and Luv Ranjan.

Tabu also has films such as "Drishyam 2" and "Bholaa" in the pipeline.

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