Mission Majnu – released on Netflix on Friday – marks the first and only Indian original film released on the streaming platform this month. Originally slated for theatrical release last year, the Sidharth Malhotra-directed patriotic spy thriller has suffered multiple delays, with Netflix finally acquiring the streaming rights for the same in December. In what appears to be an action-oriented take on India’s top secret operation of the 1970s, the film features Malhotra as an undercover RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent, tasked with expose and destroy Pakistan’s secret nuclear weapons program.
For those unfamiliar with Hindi, “Majnu” basically means a maniac – in this case, someone who is crazy enough to put their nation ahead of themselves. It also has a secondary correlation to Romeo, derived from the 1949 Telugu-language romance film Laila Majnu. It fits here since this film has a layer of romantic elements underneath – a relationship forged to bolster the protagonist’s coverage in the heartland of Pakistan.
Additionally, the events, although based on actual events, were never fully recorded, with Mission Majnu essentially focusing on an unnamed RAW agent or a fusion of them, whose name(s) have not been recorded. never mentioned in the pages of history. “Since it’s not documented so precisely – as for this mission – it’s inspired by a real event, so we had a lot of public domain information about what’s really going on. At least for my character” , Malhotra said in an interview.
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Shantanu Bagchi, who makes his directorial debut with Mission Majnu, says he paid great attention to historical accuracy, focusing on subjects such as architecture, clothing, language and vehicles – which were to all align with the time period in which the film is set. – 1974–77. “Shantanu has a passion for sketches and he was explaining shot breakdowns to us with a lot of sketches, which was very intriguing,” Malhotra told PTI, referring to his experience working with the previously well-known debut director. for making advertisements.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about the Majnu Mission led by Sidharth Malhotra:
Mission Majnu release date and time
Mission Majnu premieres this Friday, January 20 at 12:30 p.m. IST, exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Those interested will need to have a subscription plan, starting at Rs. 149 for mobile and Rs. 199 for the basic plan, which allows you to stream to a TV or laptop, but only in SD resolution. For users on higher plans and with compatible devices or displays, Mission Majnu will be available to stream up to Ultra-HD Dolby Vision.
The cast of Mission Majnu
After the commercial failure at the box office which was thank goodness, Malhotra makes his first Netflix collaboration with Mission Majnu, portraying Amandeep Ajitpal Singh, a RAW field agent, who is put into effect when the Indian government suspects that the neighboring country illegally manufactures a nuclear bomb. Under the alias of Tariq Ali, Singh infiltrates the heartland of Pakistan – first as a well-bred tailor, then as a plumber – all for the sole purpose of passing any information to his top officials. While in the country, he also marries a local woman, Nasreen, eventually finding himself stuck at a crossroads over whether to prioritize love for his country or his better half.
Rashmika Mandanna plays the aforementioned Nasreen, a visually impaired woman who is blindsided by all the undercover work Ali does, under the same roof. While the actress has already played the role of a Pakistani girl in Sita Ramam. In Mission Majnu, she serves as a point of calm in the life of her husband, who constantly juggles between two identities. “Here I had to work a lot for my dialect because everything is in Urdu,” Mandanna explained in an interview. “They would blindfold me and throw a tennis ball at me – so that I would be extremely sensitive to my surroundings.”
Veteran actor Parmeet Sethi is ranked third on the list as RN Kao, the true Indian spymaster who helped build and was the first leader of RAW. In the Mission Majnu trailer, he can be seen informing then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi about Pakistan’s attempt to build nuclear weapons, prompting the idea of assigning a RAW operative to foil these planes. “What drew me to this character is that he is a real character. And it’s very rare that you actually get the chance to play someone who has done so much for the country. C So it was a no-brainer for me to do this character,” Sethi said at Netflix’s trailer launch event.
Another Sita Ramam star, Ashwath Bhatt is attached to play General Muhammad Zia ul Haq, ex-dictator and sixth president of Pakistan, in Mission Majnu. Since the film is set during the emergency period in India, her character is about to lead another round of military dictatorships in the neighboring country. “It’s the story of a non-war spy mission; a very interesting part of recent political history,” Bhatt said in an interview.
Kumud Mishra (Sooryavanshi) depicts an unnamed official, presumably leading the charge on the development of the nuclear bomb within Rawalpindi – accidentally spilling information in front of Ali, who tries to squeeze more out of him. Meanwhile, Zakir Hussain plays a senior Indian officer tasked with tracking Ali’s movements, as well as reminding the spy that Nasreen is just a cover and not his real wife.
Sharib Hashmi (Dhaakad), Arjan Bajwa (Kabir Singh), and Mir Sarwar (Bajrangi Bhaijaan) also star in as yet undisclosed roles.
Majnu Mission Synopsis
Here is the official synopsis of Mission Majnu from Netflix:
In the 1970s, an undercover Indian spy embarks on a deadly mission to expose a secret nuclear weapons program deep in Pakistan.
Mission Majnu features an incredibly talented cast consisting of Sidharth Malhotra, Rashmika Mandanna, Kumud Mishra, Parmeet Sethi, Sharib Hashmi, Mir Sarwar and Zakir Hussain.
Mission Majnu Trailer
Mission Majnu’s first teaser was released on December 16, recounting Pakistan’s actual defeat by India in the 1971 war, which ultimately led the former to consider nuclear war. The minute-long sequence primarily served as glamorous shots for Malhotra’s character, while briefly highlighting her dislike of using guns. It’s ironic, considering there’s a brief scene of him jumping off a moving train, where you can see him grabbing a gun.
On January 9, Netflix released a full trailer, which saw Ali move up the ranks from one employer to another, eventually discovering that a few of the Pakistani scientists were from overseas – the main suspect being an individual. named “Abdul Qadeer Khan”. . The remaining trailer focused heavily on action sequences, with the interior fight choreography looking decent, while the exterior shots were marred by poor CGI effects.
Watch the Mission Majnu trailer
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Mission Majnu Poster
Here is the official poster of Mission Majnu from Netflix: