Bollywood has, for a long time, excelled in producing romantic films, to the extent that romance and drama became synonymous with the Hindi film industry. However, things may be changing. Filmmakers in Bollywood have begun experimenting with spy and action films and found immense success. Adding to the list is Raj Kumar Gupta, who recently announced his decision to direct the story of Ravinder Kaushik, an Indian spy who infiltrated the ranks of the Pakistani army, sending sensitive information back to India.
Kaushik’s exploits were of utmost importance to India, and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi titled him Black Tiger for his bravery. Bollywood has been very successful in producing films such as Raazi, Madras Café, Agent Vinod, Pokhran and Tiger Zinda Hai. Cashing in on the trend, Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike made heads turn. The film’s dialogue ‘How’s the josh?’ became a trend and was watched, and rewatched by many. The film raked in over Rs 243 crore at the box office.
The Alia Bhatt-starrer, Raazi, managed to pull over Rs 195 crores. Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café managed to nail over Rs 110 crores. As for Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Tiger Zinda Hai, the film scored a massive Rs 327 crores. You see where this is going, right?
Releasing on April 12 is the John Abraham, Mouni Roy and Jackie Shroff-starrer RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter). That’s another espionage action thriller. Along with Uri, this is the second patriotic film in 2019. The film on Ravinder Kaushik is yet another flick on the spy genre. Raj Kumar Gupta has not confirmed a release date yet.
Speaking about the film, Raj Kumar told the media: “Shri Ravinder Kaushik was India’s greatest spy. Interestingly, he was an actor before becoming a spy. It is an emotional and remarkable story. We are at the scripting stage of the film. I am humbled and thankful to his family who trusted me and gave me the rights to turn this unbelievable story into a film.”
With the new fascination of Bollywood to produce spy thrillers and patriotic films, we wonder if they are becoming a mainstream event for the film industry.