Touted to be the first spinoff in Bollywood, Naam Shabana is all set to release on March 31. The film stars Taapsee Pannu as a RAW agent and is based on her character from the film Baby.
In the 2015 film, Pannu had a small role, and Naam Shabana will feature her story and how she went on to become a respected officer. To look the part, Tapsee trained for hours and ended up injuring herself several times. Naam Shabana has been primarily shot in Mumbai but the crew did head to Malaysia to film certain portions.
Popular French stuntman, Cyril Raffaelli, who choreographed the action sequences for Baby, was a part of the Malaysia schedule.
Akshay Kumar fans can rejoice as the actor will be making a special appearance in Naam Shabana. Anupam Kher and Danny Denzongpa, who were a part of Baby, wil also be seen in the movie. The new additions to the cast are Prithviraj Sukumaran, Elli Avram, and Manoj Bajpayee. Naam Shabana is directed by Shivam Nair, who previously worked on Bhaag Johnny and Ahista Ahista.
Naam Shabana is mainly hyped due to its leading lady and Neeraj Pandey. Pannu’s last film was the critically-acclaimed Pink and while she didn't win awards for her performance, it helped her gain popularity in Bollywood. Before Pink, in spite of acting in a few Hindi movies, Taapsee was only known for her work in South Indian films.
Neeraj Pandey directed Baby but couldn't helm Naam Shabana as he was busy with M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. But he was present on the sets of the film and has also worked on the script. In fact, the film was his idea and he plans to continue making spinoffs if this one does well.
Will the film manage to wow the audience? We’ll have to wait until March 31 to find out. You can watch the Naam Shabana trailer here.