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Unlike Hollywood, there is hardly any opportunities for women in Bollywood spy thriller, a genre that has traditionally been among the industry's most sexist. But this March, Tapsee Pannu in Naam Shabana changed the game. After her hard-hitting role in 2016 courtroom drama Pink, Pannu portrayed a fierce and emotion-free undercover agent in the espionage drama. The film, which grossed over $7.5 million, is a torchbearer of a promising, relatively new genre trend: the era of action movies starring women.