Raazi Review: Does Alia Bhatt Starrer Makes for a Gripping Watch?
May 13 2018 by Lorena Waters
Based on the book "Calling Sehmat", Raazi is an extremely entertaining film in the recent times. The bookand the Raazi story shown in the movie is about a Kashmiri girl who marries into a military family in Pakistan and becomes an Indian spy. It is gripping and high on emotions. With only months to live, Hidayat passes the "spying" baton to his daughter Sehmat by promising her in marriage to Brigadier Syed's youngest son, Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal). Apart from Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, the movie also stars Soni Razdan, Rajit Kapoor Khanvilkar. Sehmat puts family, personal happiness and inter-personal relations behind her country and lets the mulkasorry milk of human kindness flow into the spirit of nationalism. Some of the episodes look dragged however the first half of Raazi has been convincing and impressive.
Meghna has a clear vision as a filmmaker. It required her to be restrained and mature, and she simply grabbed the opportunity with both hands. We started cracking her character on a very basic level. You want her to succeed in her mission. The film moves fast in the second half when Alia enters Pakistan.
Meghna's direction is brilliant in that it manages to fit the long story in little over two hours. It's not your life, but it could be someone you know. All in all, this Alia Bhatt starrer is expected to bag Rs 4-5 cr on its opening day. Her innocence, naturalistic portrayal and breakdown is beyond imagination.
Though Meghna's comments on war, cross-border activities are very simplistic and obvious, she reinforces them for us with stretched scenes. For her research, Gulzar met sources and think tanks and requested them for inputs without compromising their position or the institution they work for.
Even as it's the first time that Alia plays a grey character, she does so convincingly and without losing her innocence. Well, it may also call the Alia's best performance on her entire career. Vicky Kaushal, who made his name with the film Masaan, and Rajit Kapur co-star. He is simply the next superstar. He is a silent victor in the film.
After her wedding, she is welcomed in Pakistan by her unsuspecting in-laws and quickly sets up her equipment in her room - she has undergone intensive and ruthless training under Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) before her wedding. It might change his game in the industry. Without hitting or hating the enemy, "Raazi" makes a case for unalloyed patriotism to the point of being ruthless to oneself and the enemy.