Phantom is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Kabir Khan, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, and starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif in leading roles. The screenplay of the film was written in coordination with author Hussain Zaidi’s book Mumbai Avengers on the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The film was released worldwide on 28 August 2015 to mixed reviews.
The film begins with a car chase in Chicago, which leads to a scuffle between a man ostensibly named Jude Rosario (Saif Ali Khan) and an American male known as Matthew Brody. The scuffle ends with Brody falling into the icy waters of Chicago River, and his body missing. This results in Rosario being arrested and convicted for murder.
A flashback to six months prior shows the office of the Indian RAW chief Roy (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty), where he and his trusted men (Rajesh Tailang and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) plan a daring covert operation. The man, known as Jude Rosario in the opening sequence, is shown to be Captain Daniyal Khan, a dead-end ex-soldier with a completely deadpan sense of life and death who is pulled out of oblivion and pressed into service by the spy agency to wreak vengeance on the men who planned the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He agrees on the assurance that he will be reinstated in the Indian army to the same rank from which he was court-martialled, which meant regaining the respect of his estranged father, retd. Col. Usman Khan, and mentor, Dilawar Singh. His only team member, Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif) helps him find his first target Sajid Mir (Mir Sarwar) at a cricket match in London. On reaffirming his identity after breaking into his apartment, Daniyal rigs up an explosion which kills Sajid, which makes the headlines explaining it was accidental, resulting in an investigation by the Pakistani ISI.
In present day, Daniyal aka Jude has landed in the same jail as David Headley (J. Brandon Hill), his next target. He contacts Nawaz in order to acquire money to buy a battery, as a replacement of another one which holds a certain poison. The poison, (succinylcholine), is untraceable as it can kill a person when it touches the tongue, causing a heart attack. After killing Headley by plugging the poisonous battery into a showerhead he usually uses, Brody, who supposedly died upon falling in the river, is found alive and Daniyal is released as his earlier sentence is rendered null and void. Meanwhile, ISI agents gather information about him.
Daniyal and Nawaz, through Syria, go to Pakistan to take down the last two perpetrators, Sahabuddin Umvi and Haaris Saeed (Shahnawaaz Pradhan). There, they make plans of killing Saeed with the help of a local restaurant owner and RAW agent Khalid (Middat Khan), by an explosive planted in the mic used during his public rally. However, their plan fails, leading Daniyal to pursue Saeed in a car and shoot him dead, also causing an explosion. Umvi is killed with the help of a nurse Amina Bi (Sohaila Kapur), a mother who lost her militant son in a suicide attack, who replaces his regular medicine with poison, later shooting herself after the police find her at her home.
With the Pakistani army and ISI pursuing them, Daniyal and Nawaz make their way to the coast to escape through the Arabian sea. Their accomplices get caught and interrogated for information or be killed. While they are escaping on a boat, the Pakistani military finds out about it and sends patrol boats to apprehend them. While hiding in the waters with Nawaz, Daniyal gets shot by the military and dies. Nawaz later gets rescued by the Indian Navy, after they leave. Later, she goes to the Taj Hotel and has two cups of tea, fulfilling a promise earlier made to Daniyal.
Saif Ali Khan as Captain Daniyal Khan
Katrina Kaif as Nawaz Mistry, a former RAW Agent
Mir Sarwar as Sajid Mir
J. Brandon Hill as David Coleman Headley
Shahnawaz Pradhan as Haaris Saeed
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Samit Mishra, RAW officer
Rajesh Tailang as Alok, RAW officer
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as Roy, RAW chief
Middat Khan as Khalid (Restaurant owner in Lahore)
Qazi Touqeer in Afghan Jalebi song
Jameel Khan in Afghan Jalebi wedding song
Kaizaad Kotwal as Pakistan ambassador
Mukul Nag as Qureshi
Sumit Gulati as Shehzad
Sohaila Kapur as nurse, Amina Bi
Yaad Grewal as man in Sajid Mir’s apartment
Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal as Captain Daniyal Khan’s mom
Denzil Smith as ISI Chief Haider
Ashwath Bhatt as ISI agent Firoz
Pooran Kiri as ISI agent Javed
Anoop Gautam as Pakistani Commando Noor Mohammad
Mohan Maharishi as the National Security Advisor – India
Hemant Mahaur as Pakistani boat man.
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