Here are some of the Bollywood stars who have done similar roles in recent times.
Moving on from the conventional hero-heroine sagas, Bollywood is thankfully exploring different genres. While spy dramas are currently in vogue, there have also been quite a few films where Bollywood stars have set out in pursuit of terrorists on screen. This week's India's Most Wanted has a similar set up as well.
Let's take a look at Bollywood stars who featured in films that had their plot revolving around the nabbing of a terrorist.
Arjun Kapoor - India's Most Wanted
Buzz in the air is that the core plot of India's Most Wanted is based on the nabbing of terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, the founder-leader of the terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen, who is said to be responsible for numerous bombings in India. Arjun Kapoor's character forms a team that catches hold of the terrorist without any weapon. There are good expectations from this Raj Kumar Gupta-directed film, especially since he is the man behind critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful dramatic thrillers like Aamir, No One Killed Jessica and Raid.
Akshay Kumar - Baby
Baby stays on to be one of the biggest successes in this genre and has Akshay Kumar playing an official who is a patriot at heart and wears bravery up his sleeves. This Neeraj Pandey-directed film had Akshay Kumar teaming up with Rana Daggubati and Anupam Kher to catch a terrorist from his hide-out in the Middle East. The film was technically quite polished as well.
Taapsee Pannu - Naam Shabana
A spin-off of Baby was Naam Shabana. This time around, Taapsee Pannu was the leading lady, and Akshay Kumar was in an extended special appearance. The film's core plot had Taapsee hunting for an arms dealer [Prithviraj] and the cat-and-mouse game was played out quite well on screen. The film was not a major success but did have several thrilling moments.
Akshay Kumar - Holiday
Akshay Kumar has done quite a few thrillers, and his biggest success is Holiday where he played an army official. The manner in which he took on terrorists was narrated extremely well by director AR Murugadoss. The sequence where a dozen off terrorists are caught is truly remarkable, and so is the climax where the chief terrorist (played by Freddy Daruwala) is packed off.
Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan - D-Day
One of the best films ever made in this genre, D-Day had director Nikkhil Advani in great form as he told the story about one of the world's biggest terrorists (modeled on the lines of Dawood Ibrahim, played by Rishi Kapoor) being brought from Pakistan to India. Right from Arjun Rampal and Irrfan Khan to Rishi Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, everyone acted brilliantly in the film.
Saif Ali Khan - Phantom
This was a very well-made film by director Kabir Khan but unfortunately could not really cover the distance. Saif Ali Khan paired up with Katrina Kaif in this film where he took on terrorists right in Pakistan. One of the standout sequences in the film had Saif Ali Khan taking on the character based on terrorist David Headley. A fast-paced action thriller that deserves a watch.
Aamir Khan - Sarfarosh
One of the earliest and the most authentic films where the leading man took on a terrorist was Sarfarosh. The film had Aamir Khan playing a cop who realizes that the ghazal singer he admires (played by Naseeruddin Shah) is actually an undercover operative who worked for Pakistan. Despite being an action dramatic thriller, this one was also a humane take on affairs.
Naseeruddin Shah - A Wednesday
More than a decade after Sarfarosh, Naseeruddin Shah changed gears as this time around he took on the terrorists. A Wednesday made the directorial debut of Neeraj Pandey, and the film's core plotline had Naseeruddin Shah enforcing the government to release a bunch of terrorists only to nail them down himself eventually. The film has managed a cult-classic status now.
Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan - Zameen
Though Rohit Shetty is known for his comedy films or cop affairs today, he started his career with an action "masala" affair, Zameen. The core plot had Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan joining hands to take down a terrorist, played by Mukesh Tiwari. Though it did not really make any serious statement on terrorism, as an action thriller, Zameen was a “paisa vasool” film.
Nana Patekar - The Attacks of 26/11
Though The Attacks of 26/11 did not really do well at the Box Office, it had director Ram Gopal Varma in good form as he talked about the aftermath of the deadly attacks of 26/11. The film was not as much about how the terrorist [Ajmal Kasab] was caught but more about what went in his mind. This was more of an investigative thriller with Patekar in the lead.
(Joginder Tuteja is a trade expert and film critic, and loves to talk and write about anything that is related to films. Views are personal)Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, exclusive trading recommendations, independent equity analysis, actionable investment ideas, nuanced takes on macro, corporate and policy actions, practical insights from market gurus and much more.