Wild Dog is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film written and directed by debutant Ashishor Solomon. Produced by Matinee Entertainment, the film stars Nagarjuna Akkineni, Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher, and Atul Kulkarni. The film includes many terrorist incidents happened in India, including the Gokul Chat bomb blast in 2007 and the capture of Yasin Bhatkal. The film was released theatrically on 2 April 2021. Nagarjuna’s performance, the story, screenplay, direction, and second half was praised but criticism was aiming towards the narration and the first half of the film.
On 13 February 2010 at John’s Bakery in Pune, a bomb explosion claims many innocent lives. Two weeks later, the Ministry of Home Affairs hands over the case to the National Investigation Agency and its top officer Vijay Varma, also known as Wild Dog, is reenlisted by his senior friend DGP Hemanth. Through a series of investigations, Vijay and his team come across the CCTV footage of a man entering the bakery with a bag and exiting without it. Further, with the help of a survivor’s testimony, they are able to create a sketch of the culprit. On the other hand, Hemanth explains to Vijay about a two-week older incident involving killings of two cops inside a truck at the Andhra–Tamil Nadu border, three days before which he had received a tip-off from the Intelligence Bureau about 50 kilograms of RDX being transported at the border. As the culprit’s sketch is circulated everywhere, a shop owner quickly recognizes the suspect and explains to the cops that he let the suspect live in his house on the recommendation of a man named Mirza Baig. Vijay and his team manage to nab Baig and torture him into revealing the culprit’s name: Khalid, who bombed the bakery, and his accomplice, Khatil who was supposed to blow up the Dagdusheth Temple but could not, given the tight security at the temple due to a VIP’s visit.
Vijay orders a search for Khalid, and sends his teammate Ali Reza undercover in prison where one of Khalid’s allies, Mohammed Peerbuoy, who instructs Ali to visit a library named Darul-ul-Islam in Darbhanga, Bihar under his recommendation. Through further investigating, Vijay reveals the culprit to be Khalid Bhatkal, a member of the Indian Mujahideen. On the other hand, Khalid targets Indian Premier League and enlists Khatil for the job. However, Khatil is nabbed by Vijay’s team in Bihar while visiting his ailing son and provides them with Indian Mujahideen’s details in exchange for his son’s treatment. With his help, police nab several suspects. Asadullah, the librarian, enlists Ali to meet with a special person at Mumbai, and learning of this, Vijay believes him to be Khalid himself. In Mumbai, Khalid instructs Ali through a phone call while watching him. Vijay also keeps an eye on the movements and is about to nab Khalid as the latter prepares to meet Ali inside a taxi, but the mission is foiled by the Mumbai ATS who were following Ali due to a tip-off from the Bihar intelligence. Enraged, Vijay slaps one of the cops and is suspended from the mission. However, he continues working unofficially and through Arya, a source in Nepal, learns Khalid is hiding there. He asks for Hemanth’s help, but the ministry turns them down. Vijay finally flees to Nepal along with his team to execute the covert “Operation Wild Dog”.
At the rendezvous point, they are attacked by armed men, before Arya arrives and helps them fight off the attackers. Hemanth is suspected for blowing their cover, since he was the only one aware of the mission. Laxman, a senior inspector at Nepal Intelligence, reveals they were attacked by the henchmen of a don named Bomzan, who is ambushed and reveals he was ordered to kill them by Abdullah, an MP working for the ISI. Vijay executes Bomzan before ordering him to lie to Abdullah about killing them. Vijay and his team fail to capture Khalid at the wedding of Abdullah’s son, but later succeed following a shootout with the Maoists guarding him. Laxman betrays them by revealing to Abdullah about their escape in an ambulance, but Vijay improvises the route. Khalid awakens and attacks Vijay who overpowers him as the ambulance reaches the border. Two of Vijay’s teammates disguised as Indian Embassy officials request the ambulance’s entry for a “VIP’s operation”. Vijay’s defibrillation experiment involving Khalid works and seeing his life in danger, the ambulance is allowed to pass through the borders. It is further revealed Vijay secretly texted Hemanth about a traitor in the agency and it was discovered to be Hemanth’s friend Vinod, who was assisting with the operation. Vijay hands over Khalid to Hemanth, and salutes the tricolor along with his team.
Directed by Ashishor Solomon
Written by Ashishor Solomon & Kiran Kumar
Produced by S. Niranjan Reddy & K. Anvesh Reddy
Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher, Atul Kulkarni
Cinematography Shaneil Deo
Music by S. Thaman
Production Matinee Entertainment
Release date 2 April 2021
Running time 127 minutes