Raazi Movie Review:
Raazi Movie Review: The film Raazi is an upcoming Indian period thriller film which is directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Karan Johar. Alia Bhatt
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Plot of Movie Raazi
The story is set in the India of 1971 and over the backdrop of the period leading of India Pakistan war in the same year. It revolves around the life of a college-going girl from Kashmir named
Her father and grandfather have been Indian freedom fighters. She learns of her father’s impending death from Cancer and also of his last wish for her to continue the family tradition of being in service to the country. She is soon to get married to an officer, who is also the son of an Army general in the Pakistani Army.
A few days before the marriage ceremony Sehmat is hastily trained by members of RAW, the Indian intelligence service, in various skills required to be a spy.
After the marriage and migrating to Pakistan, Sehmat quickly settles into married life, adjusts to moving into a new country and establishes trust and confidence of her new family.
She also quickly establishes communication channels with her handlers back in India and starts relaying information.
Eventually she spots information related to the planning of some sort of offensive against India and at great risk is able to gather the necessary details; And pass them on to her handlers.
It turns out that this information points to a possible attack on the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant then deployed in the Bay of Bengal. The storyline suggests that this information provided one of the initial early warnings to the threat which could have some bearing on the sinking of the submarine PNS Ghazi off Visakhapatnam’s coast.
Towards the end, Sehmat is discovered but manages to escape with the help of her handlers and ultimately returns to India.
Cast Of Movie Raazi
- Alia Bhatt as Sehmat Khan
- Vicky Kaushal as Iqbal Syed
- Rajit Kapur as Hidayat Khan
- Shishir Sharma as Brigadier Syed
- Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir
- Aman Vasishth as Nikhil Bakshi
- Ashwath Bhatt as Mehboob Syed
- Arif Zakaria as Abdul
- Amruta Khanvilkar as Munira
- Soni Razdan as Teji Khan
- Sanjay Suri as Samar Syed (in a guest appearance)
- Kanwaljit Singh (in a guest appearance)
‘Raazi’ is the true story of a Muslim girl Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) – a naïve and inexperienced Kashmiri whose life changes when her father Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor) seals her fate as an Indian spy. She undergoes rigorous training under Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) before being married off to Pakistani Army officer Iqbal Syed. On the other side of the border, Sehmat gradually assimilates into Iqbal’s family to uncover vital information while keeping her real motives hidden from them.
Vicky Kaushal’s nuanced turn gives Iqbal a charming sincerity as he tries to balance his attention between Sehmat’s natural appeal, and the love for his country.
Iqbal’s father, played by Shishir Sharma, lends a commanding presence to Brigadier Syed as a man committed to his official duties over his family.
Back home, Rajit Kapoor makes his mark as Hidayat who reluctantly chooses his daughter’s destiny, placing the devotion of his country above all else.
Raazi’ first song ‘Ae Watan Watan Song‘: The soul-stirring number follows Sehmat’s trip from a little girl to a spy. The song, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and sung by Arijit Singh is sure to evoke patriotism in you. This song gives an overview of the protagonist’s adventure from being a dutiful little girl to a spouse and a spy.
Of course, there’s an undeniable delight in seeing Soni Razdan play mother to her real-life daughter onscreen. Arguably, the film’s most substantial relationship is between Khalid and Sehmat. Jaideep Ahlawat tactfully plays Khalid as a stoic patriot who deliberately restrains his concern for Sehmat. They share an underlying bond of unease mingled with mutual respect that is tangible even when they’re not onscreen together.
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Director Meghna Gulzar uses this tension to further the intrigue around the interpersonal drama, thrilling us with explosive emotions rather than gun-toting action.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music lends credibility to the 70’s backdrop. The songs evoke patriotism without tipping over into nationalism, primarily enhanced by Gulzar’s lyrics.
The production design by Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray along with Maxima Basu Golani’s costume design further solidify the film’s authenticity, although a few cinematic liberties in the screenplay might take you out of it at specific points. Nevertheless, Alia Bhatt’s stellar performance keeps you invested in ‘Raazi’.
Her transition from the gullible girl to a determined woman is subtle. Alia keeps Sehmat’s true alliance hidden just under the surface from her new family, but fortunately, in full view of the audience.
Amidst all the compelling performances, this is Alia’s film as she continues to push her boundaries as an actor while challenging our expectations of her. In the same vein, ‘Raazi’ defies the spy genre’s traditional expectations of full-blown action sequences.
Instead, Meghna Gulzar’s steady hand gradually ramps up the tension throughout, leading to an explosive final act in this strong dramatic thriller. It also leaves you questioning the repercussions of war on the human psyche.