Raazi Film Review: Alia Bhatt steals the show!
Rating – 3/5
Starring – Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Rajit Kapur, Arif Zakaria, Jaideep Ahlawat
Director – Meghna Gulzar
The Raazi Story
Based on the novel Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka, Raazi is about a Kashmiri girl who agrees to go undercover as an Indian spy to Pakistan, by marrying into a high-ranking Pakistani military family. The film is set during the Indo-Pak war in the ’70s highlighting the infamous military war of 1971.
Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor) is an affluent Kashmiri businessman who uses his trade contacts with Pakistani military officers to get inside information for India. On discovering that Pakistan is plotting a deadly attack on his motherland, he plans to take matters in his own hands.
When he finds out that he just has a few months to live, Khan decides to send his 20-year-old daughter, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt), across the border to carry on the espionage legacy. Thus begins Sehmat’s journey as an Indian spy.
Thrilling to the End
Writer-Director Meghna Gulzar narrates the tale of this anonymous “true story” with great precision. Each character is given due importance and their roles are well fleshed out. Right from Sehmat’s training, portraying her naiveté and innocence, to her actual bold stint of acquiring information for the Indian forces, is given a very realistic approach, however improbable it may be. The story is slightly slowly paced, but retains its thrilling element till the very end.
Despite showing families from either side of the border, there aren’t any over dramatic patriotic monologues that are usually patent in this genre of films. The subtle undertone of ‘loyalty towards one’s own country’ is apparent throughout Raazi.
Several scenes where Shemat carries out her secretive activities under the watchful gaze of the faithful family help (Arif Zakaria) are particularly gripping. While there certain parts which seem almost impossible, the narrative manages to balance it out with stellar performances.
It’s no surprise that daughter Meghna roped in her father Gulzar to pen the lyrics of the songs in the film and each track has been wonderfully composed. The song Ae Watan will stay with you long after you’ve exited the theatres. Dilbaro was picturised beautifully, capturing the emotional father-daughter bond.
Performances in Raazi
Alia Bhatt steals the show as the demure yet brave Kashmiri girl. She swells with every passing scene and it can be easily deemed as her best act till date.
Vicky Kaushal is admirable as Iqbal Sayyed who plays Sehmat’s husband in the movie. This bundle of talent amazingly aces his performance by underplaying his character. Alia and Vicky’s chemistry is palpable and they make a great pair on screen.
Shishir Sharma, who plays Sehmat’s trainer in the movie, stands out in his role. Rajit Sharma, Arif Zakaria and Jaideep Ahlawat are veterans who have proved their versatility before and do it yet again in Raazi. Alia’s real-life mom Soni Razdan plays her mother on screen too and does well in the limited role she has.
Supriya Says: Raazi is a slightly slow-paced thriller. Watch it for Alia Bhatt’s stellar performance!
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