On Monday, director Vishal Bhardwaj claimed that he constantly looks for opportunities to collaborate with his friend and frequent coworker Tabu and that his upcoming movie "Khufiya" is a tribute to their "love".
After critically acclaimed and commercially successful films like Maqbool (2003) and Haider (2008), the actor and director have reunited in the Netflix movie (2013).
"Khufiya" is based on the well-known espionage book Escape to Nowhere by Amar Bhushan and is inspired by actual events. In the movie, which Bhardwaj also produced and directed, Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ashish Vidyarthi also appear.
Bhardwaj claimed during the Netflix Films Day event that he changed the protagonist's gender from male to female because he didn't think the male character in Bhushan's 2012 book was "exciting" enough.
"The film is based on Amar Bhushan espionage novel 'Escape to Nowhere', the character was male but it was not that exciting for me. When I thought of Tabu, the excitement was more and I changed the gender of the character. I found a reason to work with Tabu and I got that," the director told the media.
According to Tabu, every time she reads a script written by Bhardwaj, she feels as though it was written just for her.
"Whatever script he will write, he will think of me only. If another actress does it, that will be a different thing, but the story will be written for me only," she added.
When asked how the actor-filmmaker creates enchantment on screen, they said that it was love.
"I have been in love with Tabu for many lifetimes," he replied.
"It is only love," she added.
Krishna Mehra (Tabu), an R&AW agent, struggles with her dual identities as a spy and a lover as she is tasked with finding the mole selling India's defence secrets in Khufiya. Today, the streamer also made available the movie's first-look teaser.
The director stated that he wanted to create a slow-burning spy thriller that focused on an intelligence operative who lives a hidden existence.