Raazi Review & Rating|
Raazi is one of those few films that does not have any good or bad people, rather it focuses on the journey of an Indian spy that is at war with herself. The character of Sehmat played to perfection by Alia Bhatt, is introduced as a simple girl who almost gets into a car accident while trying to save a squirrel on the road. This sets up the nature of her in the film and it is almost grueling to watch her turn into a ruthless spy. Her father Khalid Mir, played by Jaideep Ahlawat, is a double agent who is very good at his job. He breaks the news of his terminal illness to Sehmat and wants her to become a spy for the country too. Broken by this news, she later accepts her fate and agrees to get married to a Pakistani army officer named Iqbal.
Before doing this, though, she has to be trained by her father. Now, generally in a film about spies, the training montage is full of action sequences showing us that the lead character is tough and almost unbreakable. But in Raazi, the training scenes are done quite tastefully and are closer to reality. She is taught hand to hand combat, shooting a gun and takes part in various memory and awareness increasing exercises. She is also repeatedly reminded to always keep a smile on her face and be a good daughter-in-law, in order to keep her secret identity safe.
Then we see Sehmat move to Pakistan with her husband Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) and his family. With this film, director Meghna Gulzar breaks all the stereotypes. Pakistani people are not shown as the bad guys and Indians are not shown as the good people, which makes Raazi an interesting watch. In any other film about patriotism, the Pakistani family would have been a group of rude and conniving people, but here, the Syed family is shown as a normal family that has compassion and kindness, living in Rawalpindi. This makes Sehmat question her actions, as every time she cracks a secret message and delivers it to India, she feels bad for her “family”. Alia Bhatt as Sehmat often breaks down on the screen and the audience can’t help but feel bad for her. On one hand, she has to serve her country and on the other, she has to break the trust of these well-meaning people. We also often see Alia Bhatt stop to take a deep breath everytime she is alone as if to finally be relieved of all the tension that she is going through.
As mentioned before, Alia Bhatt is brilliant in playing this role and she has been cast perfectly. She turns into the sweet and simple girl that is more or less forced to become a spy after getting emotionally blackmailed by her father. Just like in Highway, here too, she delivers an award-worthy performance and proves to the viewers that she is not just made for commercial cinema but can hold her own in content-driven movies too. Raazi is more of a character study of Sehmat. Not only Alia, every single actor in this film has been cast to perfection. Vicky Kaushal as the trusting husband is very pleasing and gives a beautiful performance.
Director Meghna Gulzar, who has previously directed the film Talvar based on the Noida double murders, stays true to her roots here. In Talvar, she had become objective and leaned towards the story of the victims' parents. But in Raazi, she gives out a subjective screenplay that no good or white, just shades of grey in it. She and her co-writer Bhavani Iyer stick to the original screenplay and do not try to make it their own, rather, they tell a story that has already been written. Raazi is one of the finest examples of storytelling.
The production and costume design has been done with extreme care and research and this shows on screen. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fits the narrative of the story beautifully and makes it a compelling watch. The only fault comes with the editing, Raazi is 2 hours 20 minutes long and a few scenes could have been cut to make the movie tighter, but it does not bore the audience at any point.
Verdict: Raazi is the perfect combination of good acting, powerful music, great direction and technical filmmaking. Should not be missed at any cost.
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Just loved it.. Osum movie that inspire us with the feeling of patriotism and love for our country
Raazi is the latest film by Meghna Gulzar that stars Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, and Alia's mother Soni Razdaan. It is based on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder SIkka and tells the story of an Indian spy who marries a man from the Pakistani army and goes to Pakistan to spy for India. Alia Bhatt plays the role of this spy and the movie has been generating a lot of hype ever since the teaser dropped. Check out what the viewers fo the film have to say:
Alia Bhatt's acting skills and her versatility is being praised by everyone that has seen the film. She has shown her acting chops ever since her debut in Student of the Year and has never shied away from experimenting with her roles, making herself as one of the most bankable actresses in present day Bollywood. In this film too, she has taken on a challenge by playing the role of a spy and looks like it has paid off wonderfully.
Vicky Kaushal also gives a powerful performance in this film and breaks all stereotypes with his role. Credit has to be given to director Meghna Gulzar who has nurtured her actors in such a way that they have completely gotten into their characters and watching the movie feels like going through the journey yourself.
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What is Raazi all about?
Raazi is a spy thriller film that stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in the lead roles and is directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is based on the novel Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka and is a periodical story that tells the story of a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The movie also marks the first time that Alia Bhatt is pairing up with her mother Soni Razdan on the big screen. For her role in the film, Alia has learned to fight, shooting and also communicating through Morse code and considers Raazi to be one of her most ambitious films.
What to expect from Raazi?
Alia Bhatt has proven her mettle as an actress many times before in films like Udta Punjab, Kapoor and Sons and many more films and has always received critical and commercial success for her films. The same goes for Vicky Kaushal, who has worked in some very successful films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Mukkabaaz and Bombay Talkies. It will be interesting to see the two together for the first time on the big screen.
Meghna Gulzar is a screenplay writer and a director who has always been appreciated for her work behind the camera. She has given us films like Dus Kahaniyaan and the Irrfan Khan starrer Talvar which told a dark and gritty story. The trailer of Raazi also gives the same vibes and the director had done a lot of research and conducted workshops for her actors before beginning the shoot of the film.
Mother Soni Razdan and daughter Alia Bhatt are going to share the screen space for the first time with this film. They will be playing the roles of an on-screen mother and daughter duo as well and they have always complimented each others work in the film in various different interviews. According to them, the dynamics between their characters will form a very important part of the film.
The music of the film has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the lyrics have been penned by director Meghna Gulzar’s father Gulzar. Arijit Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf, Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan have provided their voices for the song and the patriotic number Ae Watan is already a super hit on the charts.
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