So, Today is the biggest day in the life of every alianator as Alia Bhatt’s much-awaited movie Raazi has already hit the theatres. While Alia’s performance has been praised by the critics, the story which revolves around the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 has also touched the heart of the audience.
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Arif Zakaria
Critic’s Rating: 4/5
Raazi is an Indian spy thriller movie based on Harinder S. Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which displays the story of a young and inexperienced Kashmiri girl Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) whose life sees a drastic change as she becomes aware of her father Hidayat Khan’s(Rajit Kapoor) wish. Meanwhile, Sehmat as a dutiful daughter decides to fulfill her father’s wish and follow the path as per planned by his father.
So, we see an interesting story of an ordinary and college-going girl whose fate changes as she undergoes rigorous training under Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) to turn into a deadly spy. Later, she is married off to Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) who is the son of Pakistani Brigadier Parvez Syed (Shishir Sharma).
Here, we see Alia’s impressive acting skills as a spy when she regularly passes information to the Indian intelligence as well as keeps her real identity hidden from Iqbal’s family.
From Delhi to Kashmir and crossing border to Pakistan, the cultures and dialects of characters fall into place with adequate locations, production design, realistic sets and costumes combined with fitting music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
Alia’s performance is considered as one of the best in her 5 years in Bollywood as she is natural and wins everyone’s heart with her mature act and power-packed performance.
Meanwhile, Vicky Kaushal shines incredibly as Iqbal Syed mostly during the end when he comes to know that the marriage was just a false display. It is interesting when he asks Sehmat at the end that whether the moments they were spending together were real or not?
Well, Meghna Gulzar’s nuanced & sensitive direction with superior production design & editing by Nitin Baid has made the movie a must-watch. Definitely, Raazi is a great portrayal of courage, guts, and patriotism.
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