13 Bollywood Movies Where Female Spies Stole The Show

I love a good suspense and mystery. I remember when I was a kid, I used to read up detective stories for hours. ( Yes, I loved books since then) While I have grown up reading to Sherlock Holmes, I also adored Nancy Drew series. (It was in no way comparable to Sherlock) Going to the school and getting my hands on Famous Five, Secret Seven and Nancy Drew are still my fondest memories. But then I grew up and started reading Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King.

Soon the love of mysteries and suspense switched to movies. Have you noticed that whenever Bollywood decides to make such kind of movies, the one who solves the case is always a man? Majorly? But slowly, these trends are changing.

Following are some movies, which I personally believe that it’s the female counterpart that stole the show.

1. Priyanka Chopra in Don


2. Priyanka Chopra in Gunday


While Shahrukh Khan was the hero of Don, Priyanka stole the limelight. She was bold and her performance was the best. While watching Gunday, I had never imagined that it would be the girl who would be undercover. Her role was so natural as the bar dancer that we never thought there would be a twist until there was!

3. Vidya Balan in Kahani


This was the film that stole everyone’s heart. Vidya Balan’s performance was legendary. Searching for her husband as an 8-month pregnant wife, no one had imagined that she would be an undercover agent. She revenged her husband’s murder solely and she was the highlight in the movie.

4. Katrina in Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai

While we didn’t see much of her as an agent in Ek Tha Tiger but in Tiger Zinda Hai, the trailer looks inspiring and challenging. We see her doing action stunts and even in the trailer, she won the show.

5. Preity Zinta in Hero: Love Story Of The Spy


Preity Zinta in the movie highlighted her acting skills. We saw her innocence when she was a simply shepherd’s daughter and then we saw her as an agent who did everything she could, to get the information that would save her country.

6. Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod


7. Kareena Kapoor in  Kurbaan


Kareena in Agent Vinod was a perfect as a spy. Though the movie didn’t work well and Saif Ali Khan tried his best to be the next Tom, it was Kareena who did the splendid job of being the spy. In Kurbaan, although her role wasn’t of the spy but the way she performed was fantastic. Her role developed with the plot and she in dire circumstances gave the intel to Vivek. Her role of the loving wife who was trying to save lives did leave us wanting for more.

8. Esha Deol in Dus


Esha was a double undercover agent. Initially, she was a police officer who gave intel to Abhishek about the villain but it is in the end that we see that Esha double-crossed them. Her role though wasn’t that major in the movie, but the way the story moved, she did play an iconic role.

10. Vidya Balan in Bobby Jasoos


Another great work of Vidya Balan. The movie shows how she can change her disguise to find something that she truly was interested in! She as a detective was as good as Shahrukh in Baadshah, fun, bubbly and charming. She stole the show in this movie.

11. Sonakshi Sinha in Force 2


Sonakshi Sinha played the perfect role in Force 2. Her actions and the way she fought against the villain felt like she was trained to do so!

12. Taapsee Panu in Baby


13. Taapsee Panu in Naam Shabana


We remember fondly from Pink but Tapsee from Baby and Naam Shabana was also her best. An undercover agent who wants to save her country. She was as enchanting and capturing as Akshay in the movie. Her action stunts and at the same time, the way she showed us the nervous girl and as an agent was fabulous.

Which ones are your favourite?

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Hema Sanghavi

A crazy Bibliophile who is an ambivert. Harry Potter fanatic, and a foodie. Usually ends up reading fan-fiction and dreams of writing one!

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