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Bard Of Blood : Review


Bard of blood is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta is know for his previous work, Micheal and Te3n. The main actors in this series are Emraan Hashmi, Sobitha Dulipala, Vineet Kumar Singh, Rajit Kapoor, Rajit Kapoor, Danish Husain, Jaideep Ahlawat. This season contains seven episodes with a total running time of 331 minutes.

The first episode of the season starts with a bomb blast where Emraan Hashmi loses his best friend. Four Indian spies in Balochistan discovered a huge scandal against India. So they try to upload a data file containing the scandal from a thumb drive in an internet cafe. Taliban's disguised as Pakistan police raided the internet cafe and capture four Indian spies. The uploading is paused as one of the Taliban pulled out the thumb drive from pc. These four Indian spies are taken to their leader Mullah Khalid (Danish Husain), he ordered to behead the spies.


The pictures of capturing spies have been seen by Tanvir Shehzad (Jaideep Ahlawat) who is an ISA spy work for the Taliban. He rushes to the site to stop killing of the captured Indian Spies. Tanvir Shehzad convinces Mullah Khalid that he has a good plan against India that requires Indian spies. Mullah Khalid, Taliban leader agrees with him and postpone beheading for a week.

Meanwhile, In India, Indian Intelligence Wing came to know that its four spies have been captured by the Taliban from a video posted on the darknet traces back to Quetta a city in Pakistan. Sadik Sheik (Rajit Kapoor) briefs his chief Arun Joshi (Shishir Sharma) that these four spies are in Balochistan on his orders investigating about Taliban and ISA. Arun Joshi advice Sadik Sheik to disown them as IIW agents and create a fake profile as engineers from Kabul.

Sadik came to know that their four agents got a piece of big news for IIW through Isha (Sobitha Dulipala) who is an analyst. But IIW doesn't know what it is. Sadik tries to recruit an old spy who is disowned dishonourably due to a mistake done by him five years earlier. That is none other than Kabir Anand(Emraan Hashmi). Kabir currently working as an English teacher in a school. Isha follows him, kidnaps and transports Kabir to Sadiks house.

Sadik explains hostage situation and tries to recruit him. But Kabir disagrees to join with him and leaves the house. A Taliban surrenders the confiscated thumb drive to Tanvir Shehzad who is a Pakistan spy. He connects Pendrive to the laptop, the uploading of data file resumes. Sadik Sheik receives the data and starts decrypting it. He then quickly calls Kabir that he received a big data file from the four captured agents, something huge is being planned against India and his answers to his friend's death are in Balochistan.

Kabir Anand decides to go back to Sadik's house. By the time he gets there someone killed Sadik and empties the computer hard drive. Police on a disturbance complaint from neighbours came to the Sadik's house and find Kabir Anand in the house doing a crossword puzzle. The situation is informed to the director of the IIW and tries to investigate Kabir.

Kabir denies any wrongdoing to Sadik Sheik, IIW agents left him on a highway and tells him about the funeral timings and date. He attends the funeral, he saw someone taking pictures of the funeral and follows him but he misses. Kabir asks Isha to meet in a nearby hotel and tells her about the crossword puzzle that Sadik is solving before he was shot to death. In that puzzle, Sadik was thinking about a three-man rescue operation to save the four Indian agents. The agent's code name is written in the puzzle. The First agent is Kabir, The Second agent is Isha and the Third is a mystery one. So these three agents go rouge to save the captured agents.


From now on the mission is to save the four captured agents by recruiting the third one from Afganisthan who is undercover for seven years and to know about the data file that is cleaned on the Sadik's personal laptop.  The remaining plot is how they saved themselves from Pakistan government, Taliban's and ISA using each and every clue that can be obtained by three rogue agents whose mission is not sanctioned by their superiors. IIW not willing to help these rogue agents and create further problems to abort this rogue mission. How Kabir and his team try to get these captured agents back to India with little suspense and small subplots make you watch the whole season in a single go.

The Advantages of the series is the emotion carried by the Emraan Hashmi as a lover, as a best friend, as a patriot is excellent. There are a few scenes which seem real, where the true efforts of a spy go unnoticed to the nation. The cruelty of the Taliban's to reach their ulterior motive is shown well enough to understand the original situation in Taliban ruled areas. The role of Kriti Kulhari in Balochistan freedom fighter has weighed equal to the Emraan Hashmi. The things she had to do to keep her younger brother safe as a sister is truly tremendous. The third Spy Vineet Kumar Singh has made his role a perfect justice. I can't imagine anyone else for this role.

The main drawback of this season is the gun shooting scenes. There are almost six to eight shooting scenes in the seven episodes. You can see that everyone is just acting with Ak-47 recoiling in the burst mode. The gun shooting scenes need a bit more design with some action. The main reason these three agents to go rouge is to find the big scandal against India and to save captured Indian agents.

Even though their priority is to save agents the next good thing is to find the data. These Rouge agents only bother about the saving agents, not on the data file. After saving the captured agents no rouge agent is asked about what is in the file you sent to Sadik. The plot mostly turns around emotion and flashback of the hero Kabir Anand. There are too much emotion and less spy work in this series. They just go blindly according to the intel and that gets boring at one point of the time. But the series is straight forward with a bit of less drag comparing to similar genre Family Man.

At last, they find the man who is clicking the pictures at the funeral. He introduces as the killer of Sadik Sheik and someone shoots him. Kabir chases him and finds that his dead friend shot the man. This suspense leads to another season.

My rating:3/5

The full list of Emmy winners 2019


The full list of Emmy winners can be read below. The winners of each category are bolded.

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry
Fleabag
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
Veep

 

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman — Ozark
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
Kit Harington — Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
Billy Porter — Pose
Milo Ventimiglia —This Is Us


 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer — Killing Eve
Viola Davis — How to Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney — Ozark
Mandy Moore — This Is Us
Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
Robin Wright — House of Cards

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks — Better Call Saul
Giancarlo Esposito — Better Call Saul
Alfie Allen — Game of Thrones
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly — House of Cards
Chris Sullivan — This Is Us


 

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie — Game of Thrones
Lena Headey — Game of Thrones
Sophie Turner — Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones
Fiona Shaw — Killing Eve
Julia Garner — Ozark

 

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones — “The Iron Throne,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Game Of Thrones — “The Last Of The Starks,” David Nutter
Game Of Thrones — “The Long Night” Miguel Sapochnik
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Holly,” Daina Reid
Killing Eve — “Desperate Times,” Lisa Brühlmann
Ozark — “Reparations,” Jason Bateman 
Succession — “Celebration,” Adam McKay

 

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Better Call Saul — “Winner,” Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz
Bodyguard — “Episode 1,” Jed Mercurio
Game Of Thrones — “The Iron Throne,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Holly,” Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder
Killing Eve — “Nice And Neat,” Emerald Fennell
Succession — “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” Jesse Armstrong 

 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson — Black-ish
Don Cheadle — Black Monday
Ted Danson — The Good Place
Michael Douglas — The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader — Barry
Eugene Levy — Schitt’s Creek

 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate — Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Veep
Natasha Lyonne — Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara — Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge — Fleabag

 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Stephen Root — Barry
Henry Winkler — Barry
Anthony Carrigan — Barry
Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Tony Hale — Veep

 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg — Barry
Sian Clifford — Fleabag
Olivia Colman —  Fleabag
Betty Gilpin — GLOW
Kate McKinnon — Saturday Night Live
Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Marin Hinkle — The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Anna Chlumsky — Veep

 

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Barry — “The Audition,” Alec Berg
Barry — “ronny/lily,” Bill Hader
The Big Bang Theory — “The Stockholm Syndrome,” Mark Cendrowski
Fleabag — “Episode 1,” Harry Bradbeer
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel — “All Alone,” Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel — “We’re Going To The Catskills!” Daniel Palladino

 

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Barry — “Ronny/lily,” Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Fleabag — “Episode 1,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge 
The Good Place — “Janet(s),” Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan
PEN15 — “Anna Ishii-Peters,” Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle
Russian Doll — “Nothing In This World Is Easy,” Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler
Russian Doll — “A Warm Body,” Allison Silverman
Veep — “Veep,” David Mandel

 

Outstanding Television Movie

Bandersnatch
Brexit
Deadwood
King Lear
My Dinner with Hervé

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

 

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali — True Detective
Benicio Del Toro — Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris — Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome — When They See Us
Sam Rockwell — Fosse/Verdon

 

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
Aunjanue Ellis — When They See us
Joey King — The Act
Niecy Nash — When They See Us
Michelle Williams— Fosse/Verdon

 

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ben Whishaw — A Very English Scandal
Stellan Skarsgard — Chernobyl
Paul Dano — Escape at Dannemora
John Leguizamo — When They See Us
Michael K. Williams — When They See Us
Asante Blackk — When They See Us

 

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Emily Watson — Chernobyl
Margaret Qualley — Fosse/Verdon
Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette — The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake — When They See Us
Vera Farmiga — When They See Us

 

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl — Johan Renck 
Escape At Dannemora — Ben Stiller
Fosse/Verdon — “Glory,” Jessica Yu
Fosse/Verdon — “Who’s Got The Pain,” Thomas Kail
A Very English Scandal — Stephen Frears
When They See Us — Ava DuVernay

 

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl — Craig Mazin 
Escape At Dannemora — “Episode 6,” Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl
Escape At Dannemora — “Episode 7,” Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin
Fosse/Verdon — “Providence,” Steven Levenson and Joey Fields
A Very English Scandal — Russell T. Davies
When They See Us — “Part Four,” Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury

 

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Nailed It
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show
Full Frontal
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

 

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live
Who Is America?

 

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

Documentary Now! — “Waiting For The Artist,” Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas
Drunk History — “Are You Afraid Of The Drunk?” Derek Waters
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver — “Psychics,” Paul Pendolino
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert — “Live Midterm Election Show,” Jim Hoskinson
Saturday Night Live — “Host: Adam Sandler,” Don Roy King 
Who Is America? — “Episode 102,” Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer

 

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

Documentary Now! 
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee 
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 
Late Night With Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 
Saturday Night Live