Mission Majnu is not a real story, but it is inspired by true life events, i.e., the 1971 war between Pakistan and India and the subsequent quest to gain nuclear arms capabilities by both countries.
These events form the backdrop against which the action in the spy thriller film takes place. Mission Majnu was released on Netflix in 2023, and though there have been mixed reviews from critics, the film has high viewership ratings.
What is the Story of Mission Majnu?
Mission Majnu tells the story of Aman Singh, an Indian spy who is sent to Pakistan with the sole mission of confirming suspicions that Pakistan is building a nuclear weapon. Singh works for the Indian foreign intelligence agency known as RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). His father was also a RAW operative but was accused of selling Indian secrets to Pakistan, which made him commit suicide without clearing his name.
The Singh family name is thus a tainted one, and Aman is determined to do something about this. He works very hard to become one of RAW’s finest operatives. He is, therefore, sent to confirm whether or not Pakistan is developing a nuclear weapon. In Pakistan, Aman Singh goes undercover as a tailor named Tariq Hussain and falls in love with a blind girl named Nasreen. They get married, and he never discloses his true identity to her.
He continues with his covert operation and through his smart tactics, is able to obtain evidence that shows that Pakistan is developing a nuclear weapon. The Indian authorities act on this information, with the Prime Minister reaching out to his Pakistani counterpart. The Pakistani leader pledges to shut down the program but is enraged that there are Indian spies on his territory. He orders his officers to find and kill these spies, thus putting Singh’s life in danger.
Several of Singh’s colleagues are killed, but he manages to book a flight to Dubai for himself and his pregnant wife. The officers seeking him follow him to the airport. He manages to make sure that his beloved wife gets on the plane and escapes while he dies.
One difference between Singh’s death and that of his father is that he died with honor and as a hero.
Is Mission Majnu a True Story?
Mission Majnu is not a true story, but real-life events inspire it. First is the short-lived war between India and Pakistan in 1971, which resulted in Bangladesh becoming an independent country. There is also India’s successful first nuclear test in 1974, tagged Operation Smiling Budha.
The test enraged Pakistan as they believed that India was trying to dominate the subcontinent. Therefore, they started to hone their nuclear capabilities while refusing to confirm that they were doing so. They eventually tested their first nuclear weapon in 1998, which was 24 years after India had done their own and also gone on to do other tests.
It was against this true-life historical backdrop that the events in Mission Majnu take place, but the story of a spy disguising as a tailor and marrying a blind woman is not true.
Is Mission Majnu Based on Which RAW Agent?
Mission Majnu is not based on any specific RAW agent. As pointed out above, the film may be inspired by real-life historical events, but it is not a true story. Therefore, Singh’s character is not based on any particular RAW agent. However, numerous Indian spies have gone undercover in Pakistan over the years.
One of them is Ajit Doval, a highly decorated officer who is the current national security advisor to Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. Some say that Aman Singh’s character is based on Ajit Doval, but there is no confirmation of this.
Mission Majnu Ending
The ending of Mission Majnu sees Aman Singh’s wife Nasreen make it safely to a flight that takes her to Dubai. There, she discovers her husband’s true identity and the fact that he is a hero. On his part, Aman is able to drag his assailants away from his wife. He thus saves her life but dies in the process.