Mission Majnu Movie Review: On January 20, Mission Majnu, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna, made its Netflix debut.

We have seen the diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan through the eyes of Bollywood in dozens of films.

In the reproachful narration of Mission Majnu, Sunny Deol’s virulent brand of hyper-nationalism from the late 1990s makes a toned-down return, painting Pakistan as a whiny child asking for a nice pencil box because India has one, too.

The notion of Mission Majnu by Shantanu Bagchi is intriguing. The plot of the movie centres on a RAW agent breaking into Pakistan to learn about its evil plans to develop an atomic bomb. A frightened Pakistan intends to conduct its own nuclear test with the assistance of shady associates eager to give them materials to develop its own bomb in 1974, following India’s first successful nuclear test.

RAW agent Tariq, also known as Amandeep Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), resides in Pakistan. He is wed to his blind girlfriend Nasreen (Rashmika Mandanna). With a mysterious past on the other side of the border, Tariq’s father was accused of betraying India, where he was raised. 

Tariq’s life is changed by being given the responsibility of leading India’s clandestine Mission Majnu operation in Pakistan while still carrying the shame of what his father committed.

Tariq and Nasreen are introduced to us in a strong opening scene for the movie. But as the story develops and things become more serious, the direction seems off. Raazi, a spy thriller, is proof that a movie about a serious subject can be made without feeling like a documentary. 

The way Shantanu Bagchi approaches the topic in MM occasionally comes out as bewildered and lost. Does he intend to create a riveting spy thriller, or is this just a means of promoting the star power of the cast and incorporating formulaic commercial aspects like song, romance, and an over-the-top action scene? Additionally, real-life figures like the then-prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and the general of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, appear more like caricatures than likeable people.

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