Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shivam Nair|
|Written by||Neeraj Pandey|
|Screenplay by||Neeraj Pandey|
|Edited by||Praveen Kathikuloth|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||est.₹56.09 crore|
Naam Shabana (transl. The name is Shabana) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Shivam Nair and written by Neeraj Pandey. It was co-produced produced by Pandey and Aruna Bhatia. The film is a prequel to 2015 film Baby with Taapsee Pannu reprising her role as Shabana. Akshay Kumar and Prithviraj Sukumaran play important supporting roles in the film.[a] The film was dubbed into Telugu and Tamil languages and released on 31 March 2017. The Tamil title was 'Naanthan Shabana'. A day after its release in Pakistan, the film was banned in the country.
The film shows the origin story of Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), who ends up working as a proficient field agent with Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar). It begins with two Indian agents working under Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpai) chasing an international arms dealer named Mikhail, but he kills them both and escapes.
A year later, Shabana, a college student who trains as a Kūdō fighter, falls under the agency's radar and starts being followed by them as a potential recruit. One of her friends, Jai (Taher Shabbir), who is in love with her, asks her on a date and confesses his love for her. He asks her about her past, and she tells him that she had been kept in juvenile detention for killing her abusive father who used to physically assault her mother. This event is what brought her to the agency's attention. During their bike ride home, Shabana is a victim of eve teasing from a group of four drunk men in a jeep, resulting in Jai getting killed and the assailants fleeing. The main assailant escapes justice after being identified as the son of an influential man.
Frustrated with the police, Shabana receives a call from an unknown number asking if she wants to avenge Jai's death. The caller, agent Ranvir Singh, agrees to help her take out the killer in exchange for Shabana joining a secret agency. Shabana agrees to this and receives information on the killer's whereabouts and the promised help that will aid her in killing them. She travels to Goa, where the killers are currently laying low. Keeping watch at a club, she is protected by another agent, who Ranvir tells her is their best. When she asks why they are helping her, Ranvir tells her she is special to them and since this is important to her, they will help her as best they can. She decides to kill only the main assailant and leave the others living in fear of their lives. After she kills the guy in his hotel room, Ajay Singh, who protected her at the club, helps her escape.
Following this, Shabana is recruited into the secret agency on a trial basis, wherein she receives extensive training in physical fitness and fighting techniques. The story then focuses on global arms dealer and supplier Mikhail. Three Indian agents track down Tony, Mikhail's right hand. Tony tips them off to a German doctor who has surgically changed Mikhail's face. By the time the agency contacts the doctor to find out how Mikhail looks now, Tony kills all three agents and escapes, revealing that he himself is Mikhail. Ranvir discovers Mikhail is planning another plastic surgery to change his face.
This time, Shabana is sent to kill him with Ajay Singh and Om Prakash Shukla's (Anupam Kher) help. Shabana enters the operation theater disguised as a patient and is about to kill Mikhail. To her surprise, he is awake as he had refused to take anesthesia during the operation. After a fight where Mikhail almost strangles Shabana, she finally manages to kill him (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and escapes from the police with Ajay's help.
- Taapsee Pannu as Shabana Khan
- Akshay Kumar as Ajay Singh Rajput (extended cameo)
- Manoj Bajpayee as Ranvir Singh
- Prithviraj Sukumaran as Tony / Mikhail
- Danny Denzongpa as Feroz Ali Khan
- Virendra Saxena as Cableman
- Anupam Kher as Om Prakash Shukla
- Arjun Singh Shekhawat as Prashant
- Madhurima Tuli as Anjali Singh Rajput
- Murali Sharma as Mr. Gupta
- Bhaskar B V as Srini, RAW Agent
- Zakir Hussain as Aseem Gupta, a RAW agent
- Bhuvan Arora as Karan
- Taher Shabbir as Jai
- Natasha Rastogi as Farida Begum Khan, Shabana's mother
- Manav Vij as Ravi, a RAW agent
- Mohan Kapoor as a College professor
- Elli Avram as Sona, Tony's friend Malik's girlfriend. (Cameo)
- Shibani Dandekar as special appearance in song "Baby Besharam"
- Aparna Upadhyay as Jai's mother
- Rajesh bhati as Mikhail
Casting and development
Taapsee Pannu was trained in mixed martial arts and Judo along with Krav Maga for her role in the film. In October 2016, Prithviraj Sukumaran joined the cast of the film and had shot for a cameo role. Akshay Kumar was signed to play an extended cameo in the film, reprising his role from the previous film. Anupam Kher was signed to play the role of a technical agent. French stuntman Cyril Raffaelli was signed to choreograph the stunts of the film. For the preparation of the role of Pannu's character as a spy, producer Neeraj Pandey took guidance from full-time consultant, an ex-intelligence officer. Varun Dhawan was also rumored to be a part of the film, however the actor claimed later that he is not the part of the film.[b]
Principal photography of the film's first schedule began on September 2016 in Malaysia, where Kumar and Pannu shot for stunt sequences. Filming of the first schedule was completed in late October 2016. The film's second schedule was started on November 2016 in Mumbai. The shooting of the film was wrapped up in February 2017.
Budget and collections
The film was produced on a budget of ₹15 crore. Its first day gross was approximately ₹5.12 crore, and the film finished its first weekend with an estimated gross of ₹18.76 crore. film was commercial successful at the box office.
|1.||"Rozana"||Manoj Muntashir||Rochak Kohli||Shreya Ghoshal||4:34|
|2.||"Zinda"||Manoj Muntashir||Rochak Kohli||Sunidhi Chauhan||4:00|
|3.||"Zubi Zubi"||Manoj Muntashir||Rochak Kohli||Sukriti Kakar, Rochak Kohli||4:10|
|4.||"Dil Hua Besharam"||Kumaar||Meet Bros||Aditi Singh Sharma||3:46|
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote, "What does come as a surprise, however, is just how much of a drag the film is. Except for a few stray sequences in which the limber Taapsee Pannu goes after the bad guys, and the ones in which co-star Akshay Kumar moves in to demonstrate how the big boys do it, there is nothing either novel or interesting about the film."
On April 9, 2017 the film was banned in Pakistan by its Central Board of Film Censors. It had been shown in Pakistan starting on March 31, 2017 as long as certain scenes with a terrorism theme were cut. One day after an Islamabad theatre showed an uncut version the film was banned from all theatres in the country.
- Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa and Madhurima Tuli remains the only cast who reprised their role from the previous film. The film was commercially successful at the box office.
- Initially, it was rumoured that Dhawan was to be a part the film which is not actually sequel. Dhawan later cleared about his involvement and being not a part of the film.
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