Naam Shabana: Taapsee Pannu in a still from the film
New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu's Naam Shabana
- Naam Shabana scored the highest on Sunday
- There's also a cameo by Akshay Kumar
- Naam Shabana hit theatres on March 31
has scored a little over Rs 21 crores at the box office with the fourth day collections reading Rs 21.30 crores, reported trade analyst Taran Adarsh. According to Mr Adarsh, Taapsee Pannu's spy thriller scored the least on Monday with an amount of Rs 2.54 crores and the highest on its second day, Sunday with Rs 7.27 crores. Directed by Shivam Nair, Naam Shabana
is also produced by Neeraj Pandey, who helmed 2015's Baby
, which featured Taapse as Shabana Khan for the first time. Naam Shabana
is actually a prequel of sorts for Baby
and highlights the backstory of Shabana.
On March 31, Taapsee Pannu's film clashed with movies like Rahul Bose's Poorna
, Hollywood's The Boss-Baby
and Oscar-winning Iranian film The Salesman
. Taapsee, who plays the role of a determined and strong-willed secret agent, trained extensively in martial arts and combat for her part in the film. In his review for NDTV Movies
, Saibal Chatterjee writes: "One half of Naam Shabana spells out the impact that the heroine's trials and tribulations have on her career choice. Once she gets into the swing of things - the eager greenhorn is picked to lead the charge against a particularly pernicious villain - she is sent hopping from one location to another in pursuit of her quarry."
Actor Akshay Kumar has an extended cameo
in the film but Neeraj Pandey told news agency PTI: "We don't want to mislead the audience in believing that everyone is part of the film and it's on the lines of Baby. It's based on her (Taapsee) character it's a spin-off. She leads the cast."Naam Shabana
successfully reunites the original Baby
castmates - Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa and Madhurima Tuli - with Manoj Bajpayee and Elli Avram as new joinees. South actor Prithviraj Sukumaran plays an arms dealer, the main antagonist in the film.