A weekend has gone by seeing a world cup final had six goals and then Raazi to top it off, couldn’t have been better. No comparisons to moot in terms of a sporting spectacle and a feature film but couldn’t resist typing on the movie Raazi since I was impressed. The tagline on the poster says, A woman, A daughter, A spy which aptly sums up the movie since it is a power packed performance by the protagonist played by Alia Bhatt, the heroine.
The movie ticks all the boxes which make you engrossed in its every scene since the story is a refreshing change with a historical context and logic that you can relate to, albeit a generation late. The direction speaks louder than words as Meghna Gulzar as the Director pulls out all stops to make it as riveting as they come, not to forget her lineage. Vicky Kaushal, as Iqbal Sayed, plays a restrained character of Pakistani Major without the shenanigans and brouhaha. I guess it couldn’t have been any other way because of the production houses, namely Dharma Productions and Junglee Pictures where they’ve played for the masses, not missing an opportunity to take forth the Indian narrative. The show stealer is undoubtedly Ali Bhatt who delivers a performance with equal bravado and aplomb and makes the character believable and identifiable as a Delhi University student who is married of to a Pakistani Army officer knowing well that her priorities lie with her nation. The film celebrates the unsung contribution of umpteen individuals who have kept the peace between the warmongering that goes along the Indo-Pak divide.
The movie is based on the novel by Harinder S. Sikka called Calling Sehmat and does justice to it which is seldom the case when a movie is adpated from a paperback. Go watch it, its worth it.