Bard of Blood (2019) Indian Web Series Review

Producer (Shah Rukh Khan)

Bard of Blood is an Indian fictional spy thrillerweb television series based on the 2015 espionage novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi. Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the series stars Emraan Hashmi in the lead role along with Kirti Kulhari, Vineet Kumar Singh, Jaideep Ahlawat and Sobhita Dhulipala. It is a seven-episode series that revolves around the story of an ex-RAW agent. The series premiered on 27 September 2019 on Netflix.

Plot

Bard of Blood is a story of a Spy.

Story revolves around In Delhi, ex-RAW boss Lieutenant General Sadiq Sheikh is killed by a double agent. Sadiq’s killer is a man who knows too much and is part of a diabolical plot to create what might become the Third World War. In Mumbai, literature professor Kabir Anand is settling down into his new life, when a call from the PMO thrusts him back into the world he is trying hard to forget. A brilliant agent who served under Sadiq Sheikh, Kabir has been forced to leave RAW because of a disastrous mission in Balochistan in 2006 that was undertaken as part of the Indian secret service’s covert support of the Balochi rebels against the Pakistan government. Kabir must now revisit those ghosts, avenge his mentor and face his deadliest enemies—Mullah Omar and the ISI—while racing against time to save his country.”

Bard of Blood, following a specific, formulaic, espionage template, tries to go for a human-heavy-on-emotion angle. We find that the relationship between the former mentor/father figure and Anand has soured, a mission that went south to – you guessed it – Balochistan. Nobody trusts anyone. Anand has a crime to deal with himself, having lost a dear friend and partner in an ailing mission in Balochistan.

He now teaches English literature at a college in Mumbai. Of course, we are not surprised when the competent student is ready to go on an evil mission to do his teacher’s bidding. He is almost relieved for an analyst – Isha Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala), who had no prior field experience to come for a ride. Certainly, to complete the more merger, and trifecta, Veer Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), a sleeper enters the Indian agent who moonlights as an opium smuggler on the Pak-Afghan border. So far, so good.

So, one of the Kabir agent plan to go to and other Balochistan 2 agents also get ready. And they by hook and crook gets in Balochistan and later they team up with BAF party of Balochistan. In between her ex gf Jannat from party of BAF gets die by one of the Terrorist Tanveer Shehzad. And in anger Kabir plans again to take down Taliban leader Mullah and other members. So, Kabir and BAF in last they caught Mullah and kill him but Mullah son Aftab run away and agent Kabir cant able to take down his son. And finally he go to location of Shehzad . And Kabir kills him and rescue other 3 three agent because one of agent got killed in starting only be second in command of Taliban (Aftab).  Kabir gets revenge of Jannat also and get back to team and American gives back ticket to go home India. And they were welcome by other Raw members. Later Kabir got a call from Shehzad phone. From person who was on graveyard of Sadiq. He tells him I am in danger I know I cheated my country for money now I regret please help me Kabir. In front of Kabir someone shoots him on head. And he dies and Kabir chase him and later he sees it was his friend Vikram who was died 5 years ago. He gets in shock and Vikram gives evil smile and gets away from him.

My Personal Thoughts

Bard of Blood, created by Bilal Siddiqi (from whose novel the series is adapted) and Gaurav Verma (producer of Ittefaq and Badla), gives us a hero who isn’t just another vengeance-seeking crusader. It is redemption that he is after, driven by the memory of a fallen brother-in-arms, Vikram (Sohum Shah), for whose death he blames himself. “Stop feeling guilty for Vikram, Kabir,” his boss, the Indian spy agency’s second-in-command, Sajid Sheikh (Rajit Kapur), advises him, trying to draw him out of his shell – and back into action.

Kabir’s decision to make a comeback is prompted by another ‘personal’ tragedy. As luck would have it, he is once again in danger of becoming the fall guy. But this time around, the blow enthuses him to swing into action. He teams up with Isha Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala), an analyst in India’s spy agency, and Veer (Viineet Kumar), an undercover agent in Balochistan.

Somebody close to him asks: Why dig up old graves, Kabir? “To bury my past once and for all,” he replies. Balochi secessionist and artist Jannat (Kirti Kulhari) goes a step beyond. “Don’t dig up old graves,” she asserts. “I have to. I have to bury my past,” says Kabir. Strangely, the Kabir Anand back story does not go very far into the past.

He is no ‘family man’ and we have no clue about his antecedents beyond what happened five years back. All we know is that after his unceremonious exit from the spy agency, he teaches Shakespeare in a college. Exactly how he landed the job is a mystery. We can only surmise that Kabir is a literature grad who strayed into the world of spying. In one scene, he does let on that his mother was a Shakespeare teacher. But given the yarns he spins to conceal his identity we have no way of ascertaining the veracity of that info.

But while personal arcs are largely kept out of the frame, the gender question inevitably arises with regard to Isha. Seeking a mission posting, she has faced rejection four times on the grounds that the field is “too sensitive for a female officer”. The first time she fires at an enemy, her hands are unsteady. Veer describes her as “the weakest link”. Kabir springs to Isha’s defence. As the mission faces hurdles, there are times when an otherwise phlegmatic Kabir loses his cool. But his ire makes no distinction – it is directed equally at Isha and Veer.

The only time that Isha is allowed to express any sort of emotion is when she bids goodbye to her mother. I am off to Goa for a break, she lies as she heads to the door. She pauses, returns and hugs her mother. “I love you, mom. I don’t say it enough,” she says. But once she lands in Kandahar on her way to Balochistan, Isha is back to her inscrutable best.

Veer is himself on a sticky wicket. He has been all but forgotten by his agency and left to rot away in Balochistan. We do learn that back in his village in Punjab he has a father who is steadily losing his memory, a fact that lends urgency to Veer’s yearning to return to India and meet the old man before he forgets his son.

Bard of Blood does not shy away from dwelling upon India’s meddling in Balochistan. At least three characters in Bard of Blood, including Jannat, a woman caught between a teenaged brother and a husband fighting for control of an outfit of Balochi rebels, represent the voices of resistance who receive active support from the three-member Indian mission team.

The principal antagonist is a Pakistani secret agent (Jaideep Ahlawat, constantly moving back and forth between the derisive and the diabolical, and much else in between, in the flash of an eye). This venom-spewing villain believes that “spies and cockroaches thrive in darkness” and once a spy is exposed, he is no more than a mere cockroach. But Bard of Blood isn’t so much about squashable creepy crawlies as about beasts of prey on the prowl.

Among them are the Taliban supremo Mullah Khalid (Danish Hussain), modelled on Mullah Omar, and his hot-headed son, Aftab (Ashiesh Nijhawan), who ratchet up strong jihadi sentiments in the region and vent their hate upon the quartet of spies in their custody. The war that Kabir and his colleagues wage is two-pronged and staying ahead of the curve is the difference between life and death.

Bard of Blood is another terrorist series like other terrorism series. Recently before this series Amazon Prime launches a series similar on Pakistan and Balochistan. That series name was Family Man that is also one of the Indian series. But I think Family man was more better then Bard of Blood because in that we see many types of genre inside like happy, comedy, relation, sad and seriousness but in Bard of Blood we only see seriousness only and no development in other things. So, from my side Bard of blood was ok and watchable. But the acting of Emraan Hashmi was very good. So, I will rate this Web Series 7/10.

Genre Thriller
Based onThe Bard of Blood
by Bilal Siddiqi
Directed byRibhu Dasgupta
Starring Emraan Hashmi Vineet Kumar Singh Sobhita Dhulipala Kirti Kulhari Jaideep Ahlawat Shamaun Ahmed
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Shah Rukh Khan Gauri Khan Gaurav Verma
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–50 minutes
Production company(s)Red Chillies Entertainment
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release27 September 2019 –
present

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