Raazi has been one of my most awaited films of 2018 because Alia Bhatt, an espionage thriller set in 1971, story of a spy, directed by Meghana Gulzar and also starring Vicky Kaushal.
Raazi is the story of a young Kashmiri girl, Sehmat studying at the Delhi University in 1971, Sehmat’s father is businessman and secretly works for the Indian Intelligence Department and gathers intel from Pakistan on his many business visits. Amidst the tense atmosphere of 1971, Sehmat’s father Hidayat is detected of lung tumour. In crucial times like these, Sehmat agrees to substitute for her father to extract information from Pakistan by marrying into the Pakistani General’s family as arranged by her father. With basic defence training, Sehmat gets married to Iqbal and moves to Pakistan.
In the enemy camp, Sehmat juggles between the roles of a new bride, a loving wife and an Indian spy to complete her mission. With limited resources, growing tension and tricky situations, will Sehmat succeed in her mission or will her cover blow up?
Meghana Gulzar’s Raazi, based on the novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ has a highly intriguing plot to keep the audience hooked to their seats till the very end.
I left the cinemas impressed and awestruck after watching Raazi for the first time. As expected, Alia Bhatt delivered yet another honest and tear jerking performance that had me rooting for her till the very end. I also absolutely loved Vicky Kaushal as Iqbal, the restraint was so well timed. It was the Sehmat-Iqbal chemistry that left me heart broken towards the end of film.
It was particularly the scene towards the end, when Iqbal stops his father from abusing Sehmat and says, “She was doing the same thing that we do for our country!” It reflected massively on the respect he had for Sehmat even after discovering her truth.
I literally wanted to get up and clap!
It would be unfair to not mention the brilliant performance by Jaideep Ahlawat, who plays Khalid, Sehmat’s mentor and guide through this herculean mission. Jaideep’s discipline, his confidence and his appreciation amplified the impact of every scene.
Kudos to Meghana Gulzar for presenting a balanced and honest film instead of glorifying false jingoism! The absence of nationalistic agendas was pleasantly surprising after all the overdose in the recent films.
This is not a perfect film, but a fine one for sure, especially because it is an amalgamation of all forces coming together to tell a tale with it’s heart in the right place. Every department compliments the other, resulting in a film you cannot miss!
Meghana Gulzar’s latest, has it’s flaws, not one but many. Thinking of the film further, I realised that there were many instances that come across as convenient writing. There are loose ends and some sloppy attempts at circling the same elements over an over to create an impact. That’s exactly where the film falters, it tries a little to hard in some places and the key morse code scenes appear to be gibberish with the lack of much spelt out information.
This, as many claim, isn’t Alia’s finest and the climax of the film will have you taken aback! The film could’ve done better on the edit table as well.
Nevertheless, Raazi is gripping and so not worth missing! It’s a team that has put in their best efforts to get you Raazi for watching it & appreciating it!
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Please Note: As promised, I’d like to reveal that I was a part of the digital marketing team on this film. Be assured, it is an honest review! 🙂