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Top 10 Bollywood Espionage Thriller Movies: These Can Awaken a Detective in You

by Stewart Cole

When we hear about the spy, one name that comes to mind is our intelligence service R&AW, which takes care of the nation from behind the scenes.

If you’re interested in watching how intelligence services work secretly to protect their nation, this is the place to be, here are the best spy thrillers Bollywood has made over the years, from which you can get a glimpse of espionage services.


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Best Bollywood Thriller Movies

You will find these spy movies on online streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney + Hotstar, etc. I will give you the corresponding OTT platform names in the list of movie details with IMDb Ratings.

1- Coffee Madras

The protagonist of John Abraham Madras Cafe is one of the top movies on our list, John plays an Indian army officer named Major Vikram Singh, who is appointed by R&AW to conduct operations in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Explores the history of the 1990s Civil War in Sri Lanka. Shoojit Sircar directed this period war film. Won two National Film Awards in the Location Recording and Sound Design category. IMDb rating is 7.7 / 10, Available on the giant digital platform Netflix.

2- Baby

This spy thriller is written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It revolves around the Baby mission that was in response to the attacks of 2008, 26/11. It is a movie that has been recognized by critics and has an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10.

Baby stars Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, southern Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati, veteran actor Danny Denzongpa & Anupam Kher, Method Kay Kay Menon. It is available in the Disney + Hotstar app.

3- Razi

At number 3, we have the 5 nationally awarded Raazi film awards, released in 2018, a 35-40 CR budget film with worldwide box office receipts of 197 crores.

It revolves around Alia Bhatt (Raazi) who, at the request of her father, marries a Pakistani officer, to pass critical information to India. It is available on the OTT Amazon Prime Video platform, the IMDb rating is 7.8 / 10.

4- Romeo Akbar Walter

John Abraham plays R&AW agent Rehamatullah Ali, also known as Romeo, Akbar Malik & Walter Khan, who works as an undercover agent for R&AW in Pakistan and later becomes an officer.

Directed by Robbie Grewal, available on the Netflix streaming platform. the IMDb rating of this spy thriller is 6.6 out of 10. It is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.


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5- Name Shabana

Naam Shabana is the prequel to Akshay Kumar Baby, the IMDb rating is 6.5 out of 10, Helmed by Shivam Nair and sponsored by Shital Bhatia in collaboration with Aruna Bhatia under the banner of Plan C Studios in collaboration with Cape of Good Films.

It was released in Hindi along with its dubbed Tamil and Telugu version on March 31, 2017. You can find it on the domestic Zee 5 digital platform.

6- Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan protagonist Ek Tha Tiger is exploring a mission in which Salman, an R&AW agent, must obtain critical information before receiving it from Pakistan, but was diverted when he met a girl Zoya, who is an ISI agent.

Although it has an IMDb rating of 5.5 out of 10, the film was the highest grossing film of 2012, grossing around 325 crores at the box office. Directed by Kabir Khan, who also wrote the story alongside Red FM Gaon’s fame Neelesh Mishra. It is available on the giant Amazon Prime streaming platform.

7- Ghost

Starring Saif Ali Khan as Captain Daniyal Khan of the Rajputana Rifles, Katrina Kaif, a former R&AW agent playing Nawaz Mistry in the lead roles. Phantom is available on the OTT Netflix platform, released on August 28, 2015.

It was co-sponsored by Sajid Nadiadwala with Sajid Nadiadwala and produced by UTV Motion Pictures in collaboration with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

8- Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

The story revolves around Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, a famous fantasy character created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, a Bengali writer. Starring the actress from the end of Bollywood Sushant Singh Rajput as the protagonist BB.

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and produced by the big banner Yash Raj Films. It is available on the Amazon Prime Video OTT platform. The IMDb rating is 7.7 / 10.

9- Parmanou

This period drama explores a past, when India conducted a nuclear test under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee in 1998, John Abraham in the role of IPS officer from R&AW as Ashwat Raina, who is the main force behind the nuclear tests.

You will find Parmanu on the Netflix streaming platform. The IMDb rating is 7.7 out of 10. Made under the Zee Studios brand in collaboration with JA entertainment and KYTA Productions.

10- Rocky Handsome

John Abraham plays a former R&AW agent who plays Kabir Ahlawat aka Rocky. The IMDb rating is 6.9 / 10, led by the reputation of Force (2011) Nishikant Kamat. You will find it on the Sony Liv streaming service.

It is a remake of the Korean film The Man From Nowhere (2010). Made under the banner of JA Entertainment with Azure Entertainment, T-Series is the distributor and is funded by John Abraham and Sunil Khetrapal.

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