Sooryavanshi is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language action film written and directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Dharma Productions and Cape Of Good Films, based on a screenplay by Yunus Sajawal and an original story by Shetty. The fourth instalment of Shetty’s Cop Universe, it stars Akshay Kumar as ATS chief DCP Veer Sooryavanshi opposite Katrina Kaif with supporting cast of Jaaved Jaaferi, Vivan Bhatena, Niharica Raizada, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Sikandar Kher and Nikitin Dheer. Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh in extended cameo appearances reprise their roles of Singham and Simmba from the franchise’s previous films.
Kumar’s character was announced towards the end of Simmba that served as a character introduction of Sooryavanshi. Initially locked for theatrical release on 24 March 2020, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The film was scheduled for theatrical release on 30 April 2021. In April 2021, the release date of film was postponed indefinitely due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and lockdown in Maharashtra. After several delays, Sooryavanshi was theatrically released worldwide on 5 November 2021 coinciding with Diwali.
Showing a recount of 1993 Mumbai blasts, the film opens with the death of parents of DCP and ATS chief Veer “Surya” Sooryavanshi, who later finds out that a Lashkar chief and terrorist Omar Hafeez is planning more attacks. He has formed a sleeper cell network consisting of 40 terrorists who pose as Indians to set more bombings after the 26/11 Attacks, one of whom is his son Riyaz Hafeez. In Jaisalmer, Surya and his team nab Riyaz who had a different identity there. Surya’s senior Kabir Shroff reveals about a full ton of RDX being brought to India, of which 400 kilograms were used during those bombings and the remnant 600 kilograms are still buried somewhere in India.
Surya plans to catch the sleeper cell’s remaining members, even as he remembers his wife Ria Gupta. 9 years ago, Surya was wounded by a bullet and Ria cured him. They fell in love, married, and became parents to a son Aryan. 8 years later, Surya tried to nab a man where Ria and Aryan were present, which culminated in Aryan being shot. Although he came out healthy, an angry Ria slapped Surya and told him that he can’t sacrifice his family just to fulfill his duty, and she left him, taking Aryan with her to Australia.
Back to the present, Surya comes across Islamic priest Kadar Usmani, later revealed to be a terrorist, and finds Bilal Ahmed, whose residence houses the wanted 600 kilograms of RDX. Usmani and Bilal remove RDX from the ground and prepare for their next bombings until when Bilal leaves for Mumbai, where taxi driver John Mascarenhas takes him to Bangkok in exchange of ₹5 crore. Surya catches Bilal who shoots himself to death, and later after asking John in Bangkok post a long chase, he learns the bombs were being made by Mukhtar Ansari, another member of the sleeper cell. Usmani and John are arrested; Surya plans to pretend to torture Usmani’s daughters to make him confess. Usmani finally informs Rafique will meet him. Later, it turns out that a bomb was planted which kills Rafique, Usmani, and one of the cops accompanying him. His daughter helps Surya to identify Ansari, who is hiding in Shivgarh.
Surya asks Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao, now an Inspector in charge of Shivgadh, to catch Ansari. Simmba finds out 7 bombs are to be planted at 7 locations in Mumbai. Riyaz escapes, and it’s revealed that the Anti-Terrorism Squad’s headquarters would also be bombed. Surya and his team enlist National Security Guard’s help to safely extradite the bombs via helicopters and the bombings fail. However, Riyaaz and his team use Ria as a suicide bomber to attack the ATS Headquarters keeping Surya, Simmba, and other cops as hostages.
Surya’s friend DCP Bajirao Singham enters, and they defuse the bomb wrapped around Ria while finishing the terrorist attackers. Singham warns Omar that he will chase him soon. Mukhtar and Riyaz subsequently fight with them. Singham captures both and they taunt they’ve been in India as sleeper cells for many years, carrying several attacks in Mumbai and the cops cannot harm them. Singham, Simmba, and Surya in anger shoot them to death.
Akshay Kumar as DCP Veer “Surya” Sooryavanshi, The chief of ATS
Katrina Kaif as Dr. Ria Sooryavanshi, Veer’s wife
Ajay Devgn as DCP Bajirao Singham (extended cameo appearance)
Ranveer Singh as Inspector Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao (extended cameo appearance)
Jaaved Jaaferi as IG Kabir Shroff, Veer’s senior officer
Vivan Bhatena as Senior Inspector Vivan Singh
Niharica Raizada as Inspector Tara Manchandani
Jackie Shroff as Omar Hafeez, Lashkar chief and a terrorist
Gulshan Grover as Kadar Usmani, a terrorist
Abhimanyu Singh as Riyaaz Hafeez
Nikitin Dheer as Mukhtar Ansari
Sikandar Kher as John Mascarenhas
Kumud Mishra as Bilal Ahmed
Siddhartha Jadhav as Sub-Inspector Santosh Tawade (cameo appearance)
Mrunal Jain as Raza Hafeez
Rajendra Gupta as Naeem Khan
Asif Basra as Rafique Siddiqui
Shruti Panwar as Mafeeza Hafeez, Omar’s wife
Uday Tikekar as Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Anil Charanjeett as Aatmaram, Bilal’s neighbour
Ajit Shidhaye as Murad Ahmed
Ashish Warang as Ashish Tambe
Umakant Patil as Umakant Bhide
Meenal Sahu as Mrs. Hafeez, Riyaaz’s wife
Sukanya Dhanda as Zahida Usmani, Usmani’s Wife
Raaj Gopal Iyer as Manish Rao
Amrit Singh as Abbas Naeem Khan
Sofiya Khan as Lily Dias, John’s girlfriend
Vidhaan Sharma as Aryan Sooryavanshi, Veer & Ria’s son
Anuva Gupta as Sneha Bose, Ria’s colleague
Farukh Saeed as Doctor
Krishna Kotian as ATS Officer
Jagdish Kansara as Jagmohan Gupta, Ria’s father
Anuradha Chandan as Sumati Gupta, Ria’s mother
Anil Khopkar as Maulana