Raazi Courtesy Firstpost

Raazi Courtesy Firstpost

Raazi is another spy story based on the real incident of how a young Indian girl saved her country from an attack from the Pakistani navy. The film is an adaptation of the book Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka. (Read the Kenya Buzz Film Review)

Alia Bhatt is an excellent actress and she will have a very long career. She plays the role of Sehmat the Indian spy in the film Raazi.

Raazi is another spy story based on the real incident of how a young Indian girl saved her country from an attack from the Pakistani navy. The film is an adaptation of the book Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka.

Director Meghna Gulzar has not wasted time in song or dance or full blown drama, she has kept the film real and human. The film story kicks off with news that Sehmat’s father is dying from lung cancer and they need to recruit another spy to keep the information links open and her father suggests the marriage of his daughter Sehmat to Iqbal, the son of a Pakistani General.

Sehmat begins her training and when she gets married, she gets to work on sending information back home to India. Subsequently the most vital information from her saves an imminent attack on the Indian navy and while her cover is blown she is extracted by the help of her handler and his team.

The film keeps you on the edge and race to not getting caught. When Sehmat is almost caught by the house worker she has to commit her first murder and this is a heart wrenching scene.

There are several favourite scenes, from when Iqbal presents her with anklets and they consummate their marriage, when she reaches out for help at the ration store and finally when her husband confronts her. The costume design for Alia is simple, sophisticated and not at all Bollywood, just real everyday wear.

The film definitely belongs to Alia Bhatt and very notable performances by Vicky Kaushal who plays her husband Iqbal and the handler Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir. Hopefully one day they can really cast Pakistani actors to play their characters.

The songs Dilbaro, Ae Watan and Raazi are superb.

Raazi will go down in history as an exceptionally crafted film for any filmmaker student or actor. Great work by Meghna and her team.

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