Genius is an Indian action thriller film directed by Anil Sharma. It marks the debut of his son Utkarsh Sharma as a male lead, who also featured as a child actor in Sharma’s 2001 film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Veteran actress Ayesha Jhulka, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mithun Chakraborty are in supporting roles in the film.
The film starts with Vasudev Shastri, a genius RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent, being labelled as incompetent because he had failed in an important mission and got himself too injured to work again. Later, when he sits by a park depressed, Nandini, the love of his life, consoles him. The film then goes into a flashback where Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) who is a topper yet charming man who comes to IIT where the second ranker, Nandini Chauhan (Ishitha Chauhan), out of jealousy, decides to make his life hell. She constantly detests him but Vasu (Vasudev Shastri) outsmarts her every time. Besides being the friendly “genius” around campus, he secretly does a part-time job with RAW where his hacking talents are occupied. The day before the final exam in IIT, Nandini reluctantly visits Vasu to get help regarding a theorem. There, Vasu admits to Nandini that he had been long in love with her. Hearing this, Nandini immediately hatches a cunning plan and gives Vasu sleeping pills so that he is unable to attend the exam next day. However, Vasu outsmarts her this time as well and reaches the exam hall before her. Vasu doesn’t at all seem angry with her and instead helps her with an unexpected glitch and walks away smiling after completing his paper. On the day of the results, Nandini comes to know that Vasu had intentionally submitted a blank paper just to let her top. Seeing his dedication towards love, Nandini falls in love with him but doesn’t reveal it and flies off to US for her dream job. On the other hand, Senior members of RAW, impressed by Vasu’s intelligence, try to convince him to join RAW. After learning that his parents were killed in communal riots planned by ISI of Pakistan, Vasu finally decides to join RAW to take revenge against ISI. The film returns to the present where Vasu, who is labelled incompetent by RAW, uses a walking stick and suffers from acute tinnitus and several injuries since his failed mission. Nandini had taken a break from her job to return to India and take care of Vasu. She takes Vasu to her house in Puducherry, where her mother is pleasantly surprised to see Nandini (who had never valued personal relationships before her career) make huge sacrifices for Vasu’s welfare. Vasu and Nandini spend some romantic moments but their happiness is short lived as Vasu starts having hallucinations about his failed mission. A confused Nandini tries to take Vasu to USA for treatment. Vasu refuses and narrates the tragic story of his failed mission to Nandini, after which he leaves to track MRS (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), the mastermind of ISI in India and the prime target of his failed mission. Soon after, it is shown that all the hallucinations were just a drama set up by Vasu to track his enemies. He one by one kills everyone who had helped MRS. On the other hand, MRS senses Vasudev’s return and plans to kill him in a masquerade party. In the masquerade party, Vasu saves himself but gets injured once again. Seeing Vasu’s miserable condition, Nandini breaks down. MRS, who was secretly observing them, takes advantage of this and kidnaps Nandini. Soon after, the senior members of RAW acknowledge his competence. With the help of RAW, Vasu finds Nandini, saves Mathura from a huge blast and finally kills MRS by drowning him in the river. All members of RAW praise him. The film ends with him sharing a big hug with Nandini.
Utkarsh Sharma as Vasudev Shastri aka Genius
Ishitha Chauhan as Nandini Chauhan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Mr Samar Khan / MRS
Mithun Chakraborthy as NSA Chief Jaishankar Prasad
Ayesha Jhulka as Nandini’s Mother
KK Raina as Mr Das
Zakir Hussain as Minister
Abhimanyu Singh as Mr. Praveen Joshi
Dev Gill as Mr. Satyajit Rathore
Rajesh Bhati as Samar Khan right hand