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7 spy thrillers from Bollywood that will give you an adrenaline rush
Directed by Ramanand Sagar, ‘Ankhen’ is one of the earliest spy thrillers in Indian cinema. Starring Dharmendra in the lead role, this film was shot in many international locations. With it's well-scripted mystery, action sequences, this 1968 thriller was India's answer to Hollywood's James Bond.
'Ek Tha Tiger' (2012)
In the year 2012, Kabir Khan came up with 'Ek Tha Tiger'. A love story of two spies, one from India and the other from Pakistan, with a tout and suspensful plot weaving it all together, made it one of the biggest blockbusters. A sequel of the movie, titled 'Tiger Zinda Hai', will be soon hit the theatres.
'Agent Vinod' (2012)
Directed by Sriram Raghavan, ‘Agent Vinod’ saw Saif Ali Khan playing the title role of an Indian spy on a mission. The film had brilliant cinematography, with songs that caught the fancy of audience, and brilliant performances by Saif and Kareena. Though it failed to perform at the box office, it is still worth a watch if you are a fan of thrillers.
Directed by Nikkhil Advani, ‘D-Day’ is by far one of the most intelligent spy thrillers ever made in Bollywood. The film’s plot was about a team of agents who try to bring India’s most wanted criminal back here in the country, a fictional character based on gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The film had an ensemble cast, with actors like Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Shruti Haasan and Nassar in it.
'Madras Cafe' (2013)
John Abraham-starrer ‘Madras Café’ revolved around the assassination of late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. With sharp narrative, crisp direction, and a theme of terrorism carried brilliantly, this movie is a must-watch for those who love spy thrillers.
'Vishwaroop', directed by Kamal Haasan, is yet another example on an intelligent spy thriller. Originally, shot in Tamil, the film was released in Hindi and Telugu languages as well. Though the movie faced controversies, it eventually was succesful, with amazing response from both critics and viewers. 'Vishwaroop 2' is in pipeline, though there has been no official announcement of the same from the makers.
Akshay Kumar’s ‘Baby’ is another spy thriller that offers a nail biting experience to the viewers. Outstanding performances, brilliant script and a well-executed climax, this Neeraj Pandey directorial can easily be one of those films that brought back the true sense of a spy thriller film. Incidentally, ‘Naam Shabana’ is a prequel to ‘Baby’ which will showcase the journey of Taapsee Pannu’s character, as to how she became a secret agent.