Raazi reviews: Alia Bhatt shines in this espionage drama

Raazi reviews: Alia Bhatt shines in this espionage drama

While the actor won accolades for his debut performances and in Raman Raghav 2.0, the actor still thinks he has a long way to go.

Director Meghna Gulzar's "Raazi" based on Harinder S. Sikka's novel, "Calling Sehmat" is not a conventional espionage thriller, but it does depend upon surprises, thrilling moments and unexpected revelation of characters and they grow naturally out of the story. The book and 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.

During a media interaction with Vicky Kaushal, he spoke about his role in Raazi and the prep he did to play an army officer. Together, they embark on a journey where you understand the meaning of being behind enemy lines. Meghna helped a lot. Vicky Kaushal plays Alia's husband and also steals the show with his excellent performance. Both the film's script and cinematography are the best part of the whole movie.

"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".

What's remarkable about Alia is her ability to inhabit the world of grey with just as much ease as she does in the black-and-white world of Bollywood.

Not all the narrative twists make complete sense-Sehmat's brief career as a music teacher and a bold bit of impersonation are more wishful than plausible. The film moves fast in the second half when Alia enters Pakistan. She is extremely humble and she doesn't take being a star for granted. The film uses such symbolism to build her character and depict her changing thought-process. She plays the role of a quiet yet strong woman who becomes a courageous spy. In Raazi, Iqbal is humanised to a greater degree, as are other members of his family, so that Sehmat's betrayal acquires a few more layers. They are so ideal that I have got my every song within five hours.

The trailer gave us some view about how Alia was being trained. In the book, the Khans are presented as good Muslims and ideal Kashmiris - patriotic, duty-bound, selfless, and willing to sacrifice their lives for their nation. It was more like a screen test. After watching the film, some people changed their viewpoint, some didn't, but I did what I meant to do. But during the 140-minute movie, I felt it could have done without the musical breaks.

Vicky Kaushal really has an interesting set of work lined up. The one who stands out along with the primary star cast is Jaideep Ahlawat. It is rumoured that he is playing the role of Sanjay Dutt's friend and brother-in-law Kumar Gaurav. "You need to see if it's a fruitful, worthwhile experience".

Given the current unrest in Kashmir, it can be a challenge to imagine that such a woman could have even existed.

Said The Indian Express, "Meghna paces the film well, fleshing out the characters who make up the Sayed family, into which Sehmat is married, and then gradually turning up the tension as the bride's cover wears thin". "It's very overwhelming and surreal".

This Friday sees the release of Raazi. I will be going to Serbia for two months.

Meghna from "Filhaal" to "Raazi" displays a fine mix of poignancy and rawness. "I am very excited as it's my first out and out action film", he said.

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