In the movie “A call to spy”, Radhika Apte essays the role of a real-life personality, Noor Inayat khan an Indian-origin British spy tasked with undermining the Nazi’s activities in occupied France. Understanding from the trailer, the film is an out and out female-dominated spy thriller.
Dwelling into the facts on which the film is based on, Winston Churchill ordered a spy agency to recruit and train women to become spies. Mr Churchill believed that women were more inconspicuous than men. The newly recruited team consists of Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas, Equity), an American with a wooden leg who posed as a journalist and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte, Raat Akeli Hai), a wireless operator and Muslim pacifist. These brave ladies had conducted sabotage and build resistance in Nazi-occupied France.
The film appears to focus more on the characters rather than events, which is good. The movie is directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. She was nominated for Oscar for 2014’s Cutie and the Boxer.
The Raat Akeli Hai actress met Pilcher at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, where she won the best actress for an anthology film madly. Pilcher was part of the jury back then and was also casting for the film A Call to Spy at the time. The film will release in theatres (hopefully) and as VOD on October 2.