In the IMDb exclusive segment 'On the Scene', attended by Vishal Bhardwaj, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ali Fazal to promote their recent Netflix release Khufiya spilled the beans on how it was like collectively working on the project. The director also shared his bond with Tabu and how it is to collaborate with her.
Bhardwaj on mistakes being a part of the process, “There is a scene where for the first time Ali and Wamiqa confront each other. The first day we shot this scene, we made a mistake because in the scene she gets hit on her forehead. But when I saw the mark of the wound, it was not clear, and it appeared as if weeks or months had passed since the wound. I was very conscious of that because while you shoot, a phase comes where you start doubting everything around you. But now when I see it, it’s not that visible, it’s subtle.”
The director also revealed the challenges of making an adaptation, “Every adaptation has its own challenges. This one lacked a human story. It had a solid plot, but it lacked a third act. It had a very good, clean, cold, detailed account of an espionage operation by an intelligence agency. It was exciting to create the humanness, the relationships of people, bring the conflict in them and explore the human psyche.”
Bhardwaj who has previously worked with Tabu in Maqbool (2003), Haider (2014) spoke about the bond that he shares with the actress,“Tabu is a very fine actor. She is a very nuanced actor and a sensitive person. She has a solid sense of humour. All these things make her a beautiful woman who is very sophisticated in her performance. On top of that, I have such a deep understanding with her, almost like that of a soul mate. We don’t have to speak to each other, but we know what we mean to each other.”
Khufiya is currently streaming on Netflix.