In this spin-off from the 2015 movie Baby, we learn more about secret agent Shabana, played by Tapsee Pannu.
Anupam Kher, Tapsee Pannu, and Akshay Kumar reprise their roles as elite counter-intelligence agents in this spin-off from the 2015 movie Baby.
Danny Denzongpa also returns as Feroz Ali Khan, head of the counter-terrorism task force.
In addition to returning members of Baby's ensemble cast, Naam Shabana features Pritviraj Sukumaran and Manoj Bajpayee in leading roles.
Manoj Bajpayee plays Ranvir Singh, chief of intelligence. Singh spots Shabana and brings her into the agency.
Naam Shabana is a spin-off rather than a prequel because rather than provide the backstory for the events in Baby, Naam Shabana tracks the backstory of a single character.
Manoj Bajpayee previously worked with Naam Shabana writer Neeraj Pandey in Special 26.
Tapsee Pannu found the prospect of working with a major action star like Akshay Kumar intimidating, because of the high bar Akshay Kumar sets.
In Baby, Akshay Kumar had a lead role, whereas Tapsee Pannu had a 20-minute role.
Tapsee Pannu's brief performance in Baby impressed Akshay Kumar and led to this spin-off, where the plot centers on Shabana's backstory.
Tapsee Pannu is trained in mixed martial arts, aikido, and krav maga.
Tapsee Pannu's role in Pink started a national conversation about gender equality; with Naam Shabana she seems poised to inspire more woman-centered action movies.
Tapsee Pannu has said that she found it hard to relate to a character who fights and kills like it's no big deal, but her performance in the trailer looks convincing.