‘Khufiya’ trailer: Ali Fazal and Tabu play a perilous game of hide-and-seek

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Ali Fazal, Tabu in the trailer for ‘Khufiya’

Ali Fazal, Tabu in the trailer for ‘Khufiya’

Netflix India on Monday debuted the trailer for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Khufiya. The film, starring Ali Fazal, Tabu and Wamiqa Gabbi, is a moody espionage thriller based on real events.

Khufiya is adapted from the 2012 novel Escape to Nowhere by Amar Bhushan, the former chief of the counter-espionage unit of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency.

The book presents a fictionalized account of the case of Rabinder Singh, a former R&AW spy suspected of being a CIA mole. In 2004, Singh escaped from Delhi despite being closely surveilled by his superiors.

The trailer opens at the R&AW headquarters in New Delhi in 2004. “We have a mole in the agency,” says a voiceover as we track the movements of Ravi Mohan (Ali Fazal), suspected of betraying his nation by purloin top-secret documents for a foreign power. Ravi is being closely watched by a team of counter-espionage spies, led by Krishna Mehra (Tabu). His wife (played by Wamiqa Gabbi) and young son are under constant surveillance too, even as Ravi maintains his innocence. “I am a bloody patriot,” he avows aggressively.

The world of Khufiya unfolds in a shroud of intrigue, betrayals and close shaves. The latter half of the trailer centres on Ravi’s eventual and daring escape out of the country. It also introduces a mysterious character played by Bangladeshi actor Azmeri Haque Badhon. We also meet Ashish Vidyarthi representing the R&AW top brass.

“I have always been very fascinated with the world of espionage and am truly excited to explore this genre with Khufiya,” Vishal Bhardwaj said in a statement. “This film also gave me a chance to reunite with Tabu, and work for the very first time with two very talented actors – Ali Fazal and Wamiqa Gabbi. It also marks my partnership with Netflix and I cannot wait to share this thrilling story with viewers…”

Khufiya will premiere on Netflix on October 5.

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