Following the likes of Sacred Games and Delhi Crime, Netflix India follows up with a new action series, titled Bard of Blood. Co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production company Red Chillies, the show has brought out the best of Emraan Hashmi, who plays an excommunicated RAW agent who is trying to rescue four Indian spies trapped inside the deserted barren lands of Balochistan after having been kidnapped by the Taliban.
Kabir, played by Hashmi, teams up with agent Isha Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) a desk agent who finally gets to go out on the field, and longtime agent, Veer Singh (Viineet Singh), who has infiltrated the Taliban for years undercover.
Spy thrillers are always exciting but they become even more nerve wrecking when India and Pakistan are involved. To be honest, India/Pak rivalry and competition always has the potential to reel anyone in, even if they do not belong to either of the two countries but political films and TV series are always controversial because neither side agrees with the version the other one puts out.
Keeping the politics aside, Bard of Blood is good on the entertainment side of things and Emraan Hashmi delivers one of his best performances to date. For his digital debut, he brings a somber nuance that adds depth to his character and is perhaps much needed in an otherwise action-packed story.
But don’t get us wrong – this doesn’t mean that the show is slow-paced or boring. Bard of Blood will have you deeply emerged into the world of the show within the first five minutes and will keep you entertained even if you aren’t well-versed in India/Pakistan politics or aren’t keeping up with current affairs in either countries.