Farzi (transl. fake) is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language black comedy crime thriller television series about counterfeit money created, produced and directed by Raj & DK, who also co-wrote the series with Sita Menon and Suman Kumar. It stars Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon, Raashii Khanna and Bhuvan Arora.
Initially conceived as a film in 2014, Farzi was expanded into a television series by 2019. Principal photography began in Mumbai in July 2021. Filming also took place in Alibaug, Goa, Nepal, and Jordan. Sachin–Jigar and Tanishk Bagchi composed the songs, while Ketan Sodha provided the score. The eight-episode series was released on Amazon Prime Video on 10 February 2023.
The series is set in the same universe as The Family Man.
- Shahid Kapoor as Sandeep alias Sunny, a disillusioned artist
- Vijay Sethupathi as Michael Vedanayagam, a Special Task Force officer and head of the Counterfeiting & Currency Fraud Analysis & Research Team (CCFART)
- Kay Kay Menon as Mansoor Dalal, a criminal mastermind who heads the counterfeit network in India, based out of Jordan
- Raashii Khanna as Megha Vyas, an officer for the Reserve Bank of India who later joins CCFART
- Bhuvan Arora as Firoz, Sunny’s best friend and partner
- Chittaranjan Giri as Yasir, an employee at Kranti Patrika
- Zakir Hussain as Finance Minister Pawan Gahlot
- Jaswant Singh Dalal as Shekhar Ahlawat, a member of CCFART
- Amol Palekar as Madhav, Sunny’s grandfather and owner of Kranti Patrika
- Kubbra Sait as Saira, Mansoor’s superior
- Regina Cassandra as Rekha Rao, Michael’s ex-wife
Farzi was first conceived as a film by Raj & DK with Shahid Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 2014. Kriti Sanon joined the cast by the end of the year. By 2019, it was expanded into a television series with Kapoor still attached. In January 2021, Kapoor confirmed that Raashii Khanna had joined the project. In September 2021, Bhuvan Arora said that he was working on the series. Raj & DK offered a part to Vijay Sethupathi when they were in Chennai filming The Family Man; he joined the production 40 days after they began filming. He credited his co-star Raashi Khanna, with whom he had worked before in Tamil films, for making him comfortable on set.
Principal photography began at Film City, Mumbai in July 2021. Filming also took place in Goa, Alibaug, Nepal, and Jordan. Pankaj Kumar served as the cinematographer.
The series was officially announced by Amazon on 28 April 2022, during the launch exhibit of 40 Indian projects sanctioned by the company. Kapoor, Sethupathi, Khanna, Kay Kay Menon, Regina Cassandra, Zakir Hussain, Bhuvan Arora, Amol Palekar, and Kubbra Sait were all announced to star.
The trailer of Farzi was released on 13 January 2023. The series was released on Amazon Prime Video on 10 February 2023.
- E01 – “Artist”
- E02 – “Social Service”
- E03 – “CCFART”
- E04 – “Dhanrakshak”
- E05 – “Second Oldest Profession”
- E06 – “Cat and Mouse”
- E07 – “Supernote”
- E08 – “Crash and Burn”
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