'Raazi' Movie Review: Alia Bhatt Aces As Vulnerable But Determined Spy 'Sehmat'

Alia Bhatt has learnt how Morse code works for Raazi

Alia Bhatt has learnt how Morse code works for Raazi

Her stomach churns at the sight of blood, and she is casual about having a photographic memory. The man who is an agent with the Indian intelligence now wants his daughter to take his place and snoop confidential information from the other side of the border.

Sehmat (Alia Bhatt), a young, naiive Kashmiri girl studying in Delhi rushes back home only to discover that her ailing father Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapur) has his days numbered.

Bhavani Iyer and Meghna Gulzar's detailed screenplay slowly grows on us.

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Firstpost is more impressed, calling Meghna Gulzar's latest directorial venture, based on Harinder S. Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat, a heart-stopping, heartbreaking espionage drama, the beauty of which lies in the fact that, in the era of chest-thumping nationalism and hate-mongering that we live in, this India-Pakistan saga holds out an unexpected healing touch. Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) is married in a family of high-rank Pakistani army officers. Raazi will surely do good business over the weekend. The most memorable moments in the film are those between Indian wife and Pakistani husband, played with an empathy and wisdom by the two leads actors that the script doesn't always support. For her very first mission she is required to become the devoted daughter-in-law of a top Pakistani army officer. Why aren't they suspicious of Sehmat? The first time we meet this character, Sehmat, she runs onto the middle of the road to rescue an imperilled squirrel - cute-meat if not a meet-cute - and the film's pitch changes immediately. Both of them are doing exceptional work around the year though Alia is making many more films therefore more classics. Indian security forces had no idea about it till this young 20-year-old passed on this valuable information to India.

Raazi Final Word Alia Bhatt once again proved that she is one actress who can essay any kind of role. Most of the film critics have given positive reviews, praising the actors, especially Alia for portraying the character of a spy with such ease. But even while doing that, she covers all grounds, leaving no room for ambiguities that is often the case with a spy film. Khalid gives her objective while Sehmat makes her mentor proud with her grit and determination. At one later stage, the commander who trained her moves to Pakistan to save Sehmat, but if that is not possible, she has to be eliminated, hence his personal intervention! Sehmat's catharsis at the end is heartbreaking to watch.

Raazi reminds you about the reality of war. At a time when in real life even a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Aligarh Muslim University can divide the nation, it marks an attempt to heal. So you know that she is sensitive, caring and emotional. The only thing that she leaves with the audience is the realisation that loving your country comes at a huge personal cost, but the same can not be expected of the country.

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