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Bard of Blood
Based onThe Bard of Blood
by Bilal Siddiqi
Written byMayank Tewari & Bilal Siddiqi
Directed byRibhu Dasgupta
Theme music composerGilad Benamram
Composer(s)Gilad Benamram
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time40–49 Minutes
Production company(s)Red Chillies Entertainment
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release27 September 2019 (2019-09-27) –

Bard of Blood is an Indian fictional spy thriller web television series based on the 2015 espionage novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi.[1][2] Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the series stars Emraan Hashmi[3] in the lead role along with Kirti Kulhari, Vineet Kumar Singh, Jaideep Ahlawat and Sobhita Dhulipala.[4][5][6] It is a seven-episode series that revolves around the story of an ex-RAW agent.[7][8] The series premiered on 27 September 2019 on Netflix.


Political espionage thriller based on "Bard of Blood," by Bilal Siddique. Follows four Indian intelligence officers belonging to the Indian Intelligence Wing (IIW) who are compromised, before they can relay an important piece of information to India. They get captured and are about to be decapitated.



The episode titles are quotations from Shakespearean plays.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
1"What's Past is Prologue"Ribhu DasguptaMayank TewariSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
When four Indian operatives are taken hostage by the Taliban, a secret service director asks former agent Kabir Anand to take on the rescue mission.
2"When Sorrows Come, They Come Not Single Spies, but in Battalions"Ribhu DasguptaMayank TewariSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
Secret codes left at a murder scene prompt Kabir to reconsider Sadiq's proposed mission in Balochistan and bring on board two unlikely agents.
3"So Quick Bright Things Come to Confusion"Ribhu DasguptaMayank Tewari & Bilal SiddiqiSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
A key detail emerges about Khalid's location. Kabir taps into a personal link to the Balochi resistance. Joshi learns of the unsanctioned mission.
4"Love All, Trust a Few, Do Wrong to None"Ribhu DasguptaMayank Tewari & Bilal SiddiqiSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
A mystery woman from Kabir's past returns. As the agents devise a risky new plan, Kabir recounts the truth about his last mission in Balochistan.
5"Fight Fire With Fire"Ribhu DasguptaMayank TewariSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
Despite hitting a snag, the agents' oil pipeline job galvanizes the BAF. Khalid begins to doubt Shehzad, who has suspicions of his own.
6"Heat Not a Furnace for Your Foe So Hot That It Do Singe Yourself"Ribhu DasguptaMayank Tewari & Bilal SiddiqiSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
Kabir strikes a deal in exchange for an escape route. Veer is met with a surprise at Shehzad's hideout, while the pursuit of Khalid goes awry.
7"My Stronger Guilt Defeats My Strong Intent"Ribhu DasguptaMayank Tewari & Bilal SiddiqiSeptember 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)
With the clock ticking, a showdown occurs at the Taliban stronghold and Kabir races to catch up to Shehzad -- but a curveball is yet to come.


The show features characters interacting in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Pashto and English.[10][11] It premiered on 27 September 2019 on Netflix.


  1. ^ Rao, Soumya (15 October 2018). "Here is a primer on Netflix's 'Bard of Blood', based on Bilal Siddiqi's novel". Scroll. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan to appear on David Letterman's Netflix talk show". 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Emraan Hashmi says Bard of Blood was the right show for his digital debut: 'I'm a huge consumer of Netflix'- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Emraan Hashmi kicks off Netflix 'Bard of Blood' produced by Shah Rukh Khan". 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Kirti Kulhari plays a Baluchi girl in Netflix's Bard of Blood". 15 March 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Netflix's Bard of Blood to Release in August-September, Says Sobhita Dhulipala". 10 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Emraan Hashmi on The Bard of Blood: It will challenge me as an actor". 28 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Emraan Hashmi roped in for Netflix's upcoming series produced by Shah Rukh Khan". 28 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Bard of Blood – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Netflix and Red Chillies Entertainment Announce A New Original Series Based on 'Bard of Blood'". Netflix Media Center. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Netflix to produce TV series with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan". 17 November 2017.

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