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Netflix release poster
Directed byGirish Malik
Produced byRaju Chadha
Rahul Mittra
Puneet Singh
Girish Malik
Amardeep S Reen [1]
Written byGirish Malik
Bharti Jakhar
Story byGirish Malik
Bharti Jakhar
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Nargis Fakhri
Rahul Dev
Gavie Chahal
Rahul Mittra
Kuwaarjeet Chopraa
Music byBickram Ghosh
Vikram Montrose
CinematographyHiroo Keswani
Edited byDilip Deo
Clapstem Entertainment
Rahul Mittra Films
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • 11 December 2020 (2020-12-11) [2]
Running time
133 minutes [3]

Torbaaz (transl. Black Falcon) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Girish Malik. [4] Sanjay Dutt plays the role of a medical professional that lost his wife and son while he was placed in Indian Embassy in Kabul, while Nargis Fakhri and Rahul Dev play other prominent characters. [5] Torbaaz was earlier scheduled for a theatrical release, which could not happen owing to COVID-19 pandemic, after which the makers confirmed its distribution contract with Netflix. It was premiered on 11 December 2020 on Netflix. [2]



The film is about child suicide bombers in Afghanistan, who have been trained to believe that killing the enemy is a virtue and glory in afterlife. [4]



Torbaaz was announced in September 2016. [6] Nargis Fakhri was roped in for lead role after Sanjay Dutt. [7]

Principal photography begun in December 2017. [8] After shooting in Afghanistan, Torbaaz was majorly filmed in Bishkek becoming the first Indian film shot there. [9]


Initially planned for a May 2019 theatrical release, Torbaaz was postponed to mid-2020 but due to cinemas shutdown owing to COVID-19 pandemic, it was not able to release that time too. [4] In July 2020, it was decided that Torbaaz was directly released online. It was released on 11 December 2020 on Netflix who purchased its digital and distribution rights. [2]


Prathyush Parasuraman of Film Companion, wrote, "A distant gaze animates this 2 hour long film set in Afghanistan- it begins with gliding drone-shots of a pristine town blessed in the shadows of the Hindu Kush, and it retains this distance for the rest of the film. Gun fights and bomb blasts play out at a safe mile away from the camera- as a viewer you are never made to feel like you are in the thick of things. " [10]

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