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Genius is a 2018 Hindi action thriller starring Utkarsh Sharma, Ishita Chauhan, Mithun Chakraborty, Ayesha Jhulka, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The movie was directed and written by Anil Sharma.

The movie is about Vasudev Shastri, a brilliant RAW agent, is deemed incompetent after a mission failure and injuries. Flashing back to his IIT days, he outsmarts Nandini, the second ranker who initially dislikes him. After expressing his love, Vasu sacrifices his IIT ranking for Nandini, who later joins him in caring for his injuries. When hallucinations plague Vasu, he fakes them to track down his enemies, rescues Nandini from a kidnapping, and eliminates his nemesis with RAW's support, leading to a triumphant reunion.

The movie was released on 24th August 2018 across India. With a budget of ₹22 crores, the movie was only able to earn ₹4.32 crores. The movie is now available to watch on Zee5.

Table of Contents 

Bollywood movie Genius poster featuring Utkarsh Sharma and Ishitha Chauhan


Movie Name



Action, Thriller


Anil Sharma


Deepak Mukut and Anil Sharma

Screenplay & Dialogues

Anil Sharma


Utkarsh Sharma, Ishitha Chauhan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty

Music Director

Himesh Reshammiya


Manoj Muntashir


Najeeb Khan


Ashfaque Makrani

Production Design

Bijon Das Gupta

Costume Design

Rashi Verma

Action Choreography

Glenn Boswell

Dance Choreography

Rekha Chinni Prakash


165 minutes



Release Date

August 24, 2018

Running time

2 Hours 25 minutes

OTT Platform



₹22 crore

Box Office Collection

₹4.32 crore


Genius unfolds as an engrossing story that revolves around Vasudev Shastri, a brilliant and charming man, who is initially appreciated for his intellectual prowess in IIT Roorkee but later labeled incompetent as a RAW agent following a failed mission.

In his early days at IIT Roorkee, Vasu wins over everyone with his affable nature and remarkable intelligence. This leads to an intense rivalry with his closest academic competitor, Nandini Chauhan, who makes his life challenging out of jealousy. Despite all the adversities, Vasu's intense dedication and love for Nandini change the dynamics between them when he purposely submits a blank exam paper, ensuring that she tops. However, Nandini never reveals her budding feelings and moves to the U.S for pursuing her dream job.

Simultaneously, Vasu's remarkable skills catch the attention of senior RAW members who persuade him to join their wing. Upon learning the tragic truth about his parents' death orchestrated by the Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI, Vasu complies, driven by a motive for revenge.

Fast forward to the present, and a heavily injured Vasu is living with Nandini, who has returned from the U.S to care for him. The peaceful routine is disrupted as Vasu has painful hallucinations about his botched mission, leading to a heart-wrenching narration of his unresolved past to Nandini. All these supposedly debilitating conditions are ultimately revealed to be an elaborate ruse put on by Vasu to lure his enemies into a trap.

The climactic tension escalates as MRS, the head of ISI in India, kidnaps Nandini during his vengeful pursuit of Vasu. With the recognition of Vasu's competence by the senior RAW members, an intricate rescue mission is launched leading to a high-octane finale where Vasu saves Nandini, prevents a massive explosion in Mathura, and eliminates MRS. The film concludes on a tender note with Vasu and Nandini sharing a heartwarming embrace.


Genius was released on 24 August 2018 in India. The movie was made o a budget of 22 crore and earned a total of 4.32 crore.

Where to Watch

Genius is available to watch on Zee5 with a subscription plan. The movie is in the Hindi language with English subtitles.  


genius movie scene starring utkarsh sharma

Genius is a complex tapestry of college camaraderie, patriotism, and the classic game of cat-and-mouse, set across a backdrop filled with elements of intrigue and romance. The movie offers a mixture of different moods and tones, which can both captivate the audience and leave them somewhat confused.

Utkarsh Sharma shines in his role as Vasudev Shastri, a polymath hero who displays an impressive range from a charming academic to a deceptive RAW agent. Despite the task of navigating a convoluted script, Utkarsh's rendition of Vasudev emanates a unique blend of intellectual charisma and relatable charm, which highlight his commendable acting skills. Ishita Chauhan, the debutante, may lack in her ability to convey genuine emotions, but she is undoubtedly a refreshing addition to the drama through her radiant screen presence.

Under Anil Sharma's direction, the film aspires to weave in numerous facets but falls short with its half-baked execution. The narrative attempts to encompass a whirlwind of themes, which can make the potboiler narrative an overwhelming watch.

The animation, VFX, and graphics, integral part of an action thriller, are acceptable but lack the wow factor. On the editing front, the movie struggles to keep a consistent flow and tends to dawdle in the second half. Consequently, the pace of the movie can seem off-putting to some viewers as it rapidly fluctuates, thereby disrupting the viewing rhythm.

As for supporting characters, seasoned actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Nawazuddin Siddiqui add depth to the plot. However, their performances tend to overstep into the realm of hyperbole at times. Music serves as a high point of the movie, with melodies that are not only pleasing to the ears but compelling to the eyes by virtue of their tasteful cinematography.

The film certainly has its moments but may only appeal to a niche audience that appreciates a mixed genre of romance, patriotism, and unremitting taste for dialogues. To conclude, Genius lays out an unusual concoction of subplots and motifs. While some flourish under skilled performances, others wither due to inconsistent narrative and over-ambitious attempt at complexity.


Tring Rating 3.5/5
IMDB Rating 5/10
Google Audience rating summary 4.6/5


- Actor Name Character Name About
Hindi movie actor utkarsh sharma Utkarsh Sharma Vasudev Shastri Utkarsh Sharma is an bollywood actor, born to filmmaker Anil Sharma. He made his debut as a child in the 2001 film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha.
bollywood movie actor ishitha chauhan Ishitha Chauhan Nandini Chauhan Ishitha Chauhan is an Bollywood actress who started her career in Bollywood as a child actor.
Hindi movie actor mithun chakraborty Mithun Chakraborthy NSA Chief Jaishankar Prasad Mithun Chakraborthy is an iconic actor of Indian cinema and former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. He made his acting debut with the arthouse drama Mrigayaa (1976) and is best known for his role in the dance musical Disco Dancer (1982).
Bollywood movie actor nawaziddin siddiqui Nawazuddin Siddiqui Mr Samar Khan / MRS Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an actor, hailed for his ability to portray complex characters with nuance. His first lead role came in Black Friday (2004), but his stellar performances in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Sacred Games (2018-2019) garnered international fame.
Bollywood movie actor malti chahar Malti Chahar RAW Agent Rubina Malti Chahar is an actress and model known for her work in Hindi cinema. She doesn't have a traditional debut, but rather rose to prominence through roles in various commercials and smaller film parts.
Bollywood movie ayesha Jhulka Ayesha Jhulka Nandini's mother Ayesha Jhulka is an actress primarily known for her works in Hindi Cinema. She debuted with the film Qurbaan (1986), but gained popularity due to her role in the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992).
Bollywood movie KK raina KK Raina Mr Das KK Raina is an Indian actor and writer. He debuted with 27 Down (1974), and is praised for his appearances in successful projects like Bheja Fry (2007) and TV series, Byomkesh Bakshi (1993).
Bollywood movie actor Zakin Hussain Zakir Hussain Minister Zakir Hussain is an actor best known for his negative and comic roles. His debut was the movie Maachis (1996), but his breakthrough performance was in Sarkar (2005).
Bollywood movie actor abhimanyu singh Abhimanyu Singh Mr. Praveen Joshi Abhimanyu Singh is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. He made his debut in Aks (2001), and is notable for his roles in Gulaal (2009) and Rakta Charitra (2010).
Bollywood movie actor Dev Gill Dev Gill Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Dev Gill is an film actor primarily known for his work in Telugu cinema. He debuted in Desamuduru (2007), but his role as the main antagonist in Magadheera (2009) is widely recognized.
Marathi movie actor ashok samarth Ashok Samarth Commander Arjun Singh Rathore Ashok Samarth is an film and television actor. He made his debut with 'Tarkieb' (2000), and his impressive portrayal in Shiva (2006) is praised by critics and audiences alike.
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 --- Arjun Dwivedi Saleem  Arjun Dwivedi is an actor. He made his debut in 2009 with Fox and is known for his appearances in Mumbai 125 KM (2014).


Role Name
Director Anil Sharma
Producers Deepak Mukut, Anil Sharma
Story Anil Sharma
Screenplay Anil Sharma, Sunil Sirvaiya, Amjad Ali
Dialogue Anil Sharma, Sunil Sirvaiya, Amjad Ali
Music Himesh Reshammiya, Monty Sharma
Cinematographer Najeeb Khan
Editor Ashfaque Makrani
Casting Shriidhar Dubey
Production Designer Bijon Das Gupta
Costume Designer Rashi Verma
Stunt Coordinator Glenn Boswell
Choreographer Rekha Chinni Prakash
Sound Designers Parikshit Lalwani, Kunal Mehta

Character Analysis

Utkarsh Sharma as Vasudev Shastri

The main protagonist of the movie, Vasudev is a genius who has a photographic memory and exceptional intelligence. He is recruited by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to stop a terrorist attack.

Ishita Chauhan as Nandini

Nandini is Vasudev's love interest in the movie. She is a college student who initially dislikes Vasudev but eventually falls in love with him.

Mrs. Shastri as Ayesha Jhulka

Mrs. Shastri is Vasudev's mother, who is a Sanskrit professor. She is very protective of her son and wants him to pursue a career in academics rather than working for RAW.

Zakir Hussain as RAW Chief

The RAW Chief is Vasudev's boss in the agency. He is impressed by Vasudev's intelligence and recruits him for a mission to stop a terrorist attack.

Abhimanyu Singh as Samar Khan

Samar Khan is the main antagonist in the movie. He is a terrorist who wants to avenge his father's death and carry out a major attack in India.

KK Raina as Mr. Walia

Mr. Walia is a scientist who has developed a chemical weapon that can be used in a terrorist attack. He is forced to help Samar Khan with his plan.

Mithun Chakraborty as Shishupal Singh

Shishupal Singh is Vasudev's mentor and a former RAW agent. He helps Vasudev with his mission to stop the terrorist attack.


S No.

Song Title



Tera Fitoor

Arijit Singh


Dil Meri Na Sune

Atif Aslam


Holi Biraj Ma

Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan


Tujhse Kahan Juda Hoon Main

Himesh Reshammiya, Neeti Mohan


Pyar Le Pyar De

Dev Negi, Ikka Singh


Dil Meri Na Sune (Reprise)

Atif Aslam


Tera Fitoor (Remix)

Arijit Singh, DJ Chetas


Tera Fitoor

Arijit Singh

Behind The Scenes

The making of Genius involved a lot of effort and dedication from the cast and crew. The movie's director, Anil Sharma, trained his son Utkarsh Sharma for the lead role, while Hollywood stunt coordinator Glenn Boswell choreographed the action sequences. The movie was shot in various locations in India and abroad, and the script underwent several revisions before the final version was approved. The movie's soundtrack was composed by Himesh Reshammiya, who also appeared in a special song sequence. The lead actress, Ishita Chauhan, had to learn Hindi for the movie as she is originally from Himachal Pradesh and did not speak the language fluently. Despite the hard work, the movie faced mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and did not perform well commercially.

Box Office Collection

Schedule Collection
1st Day 0.65 crore
1st Weekend 2.90 crore
Week 1 4.30 crore
Week 2 4.32 crore
Total Collection 4.32 crores

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