Aiyaary (transl. Disguising) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. Produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada & Motion Picture Capital and distributed by Reliance Entertainment, Plan C Studios, Friday Filmworks & Pen India Limited. The film features Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra, Adil Hussain, Kumud Mishra, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Inspired by the Adarsh Housing society scam, the film’s narrative centers around the relation between a colonel and his protege that gets affected when the latter becomes disillusioned upon overhearing a conversation and goes rogue with sensitive data related to his covert organization, prompting the colonel to race against time and hunt him down.
After having its release date rescheduled from 26 January to 9 February to yet another week, it was released on February 16, 2018.
During a surveillance in South Block, New Delhi, Major Jai Bakshi overhears a conversation between Retired Lt. Gen Gurinder Singh, an Indian Arms Lobby representative and the Army Chief Pratap Malik. Gurinder tries to bribe him on behalf of a Czech firm, but threatens to expose the DSD (Data & Systems Diagnostics), a confidential operations unit which Jai is a part of, when the chief doesn’t comply. Suspecting a major scam in the army, Jai continues with the surveillance for 2 months before going rogue with his cyber-expert girlfriend Sonia, taking along some information related to his organization. Colonel Abhay Singh, Jai’s mentor, learns of this and decides to pursue Jai while he’s himself pursued secretly by Officer Brig. Srinivas who reports his movements to Gurinder. After a meeting with the army chief who explains him about the real culprit and a powerful arms dealer named Mukesh Kapoor, Abhay finds his car pursued and manages to escape while the pursuers sent by Srinivas keep following the car. The DSD shift their location to an undisclosed location, and Gurinder enlists the help of a journalist named Kamya and provides her sensitive information that can expose the army’s secrets. Abhay flies to London and so does a disguised Jai who is picked up by Sonia upon his arrival.
In London, Jai manages to frighten Gurinder into transferring all his money into Jai’s account while Abhay meets Tariq, a middle man for Intelligence agents, who arranges guns and tries to locate Jai and Sonia, eventually alerting Jai. A desperate Abhay meets Mukesh Kapoor and tells him his agents have captured Gurinder. He makes a deal with him, telling him to kill Jai and Sonia in exchange for the information he possesses as it threatens both the parties. While Jai is en route to meet an MI-6 agent to sell him the information, Mukesh’s sniper tries to kill him. A few agents are killed and Jai is wounded, but manages to escape. Abhay picks up Sonia and calls Jai from her phone, telling him to come at a spot. Jai arrives, but is repeatedly punched by Abhay who then holds him on gunpoint while Jai justifies his actions and questions what the elder generation plans to leave for the present one. This makes Abhay agree with him, and Jai tells Mukesh Kapoor to free Tariq in exchange for all the information Jai would personally deliver to him. Abhay heads back to India, disguised, where he follows Jai’s instructions and meets Baburao, an old man who reveals about an army housing scam in Mumbai, involving Gurinder Singh and the Defence Minister. Abhay records his statement and hands it over to Kamya, his ex-girlfriend, who decides to play it after listening to Baburao’s words. Gurinder, rescued by Srinivas after capturing DSD agents, receives the same audio recording and shoots himself after listening to it.
The housing scam is exposed, due to which Srinivas is forced to free the captured DSD agents. The Indian Army and DSD’s reputation is saved, while Jai goes to meet Mukesh. Right before entering the building, as he is being watched by Mukesh’s agent, Jai decides not to hand over the information and disappears as a bus passes. Mukesh decides to let go, while Jai reunites with Abhay after 2 months.
Sidharth Malhotra as Major Jai Bakshi / Abhimanyu Singh
Rakul Preet Singh as Sonia Gupta / Sonia Jai Bakshi
Manoj Bajpayee as Colonel Abhay Singh
Pooja Chopra as Captain Maya Semwal
Adil Hussain as Retd. Colonel Mukesh Kapoor
Kumud Mishra as Retd. Lt. General Gurinder Singh
Naseeruddin Shah as Baburao Shastri
Anupam Kher as Tariq Ali
Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Bhima
Patrick Clarke as Roger
Vikram Gokhale as General Pratap Malik, COAS
Rajesh Tailang as Brigadier K. Srinivas
Juhi Babbar as wife of Colonel Abhay Singh
Nivedita Bhattacharya as Kamya
Maan Praveen Sirohi as Lt. Col. Aubin Mathew