Raazi – The unpredictable movie that thrills you like never before
What happens when Gulzar, Meghna Gulzar, Shankar, Ehsan & Loy and Aliya Bhatt team up together to grace the silver screen? RAAZI happens! Based on ‘Calling Sehmat’, a novel on real events by Harinder Sikka, the newly released movie delivers a real gem. I might be running short of my vocab, but it doesn’t stop stunning you with every passing frame.
Background – A prelude to Indo-Pak War
The story takes you back in the late 60’s, setting the background for the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Meghna Gulzar has been successful in describing the sacrifices of the unsung national heroes, whose priceless contribution led the nation to victory. The picturesque representation of mesmeric locations in the screenplay will crave you visiting Kashmir more often.
The Plot – Gripping
The story is an unpredictable depiction of the war between nations and relations. When it comes to choose the one, the protagonist chooses her motherland. In between, the movie never forgets to give you adrenaline rush. It goes through many vicissitudes where you keep your figures crossed on Alia’s daring spying acts, whether she will escape or get caught red-handed.
Sahmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) is planted into a Pakistani family of military officers as the bride of one of them. Painstakingly, she manages to give bite to the Indian forces about Pakistan’s under sea attack on INS Vikrant through the submarine Ghazi. In the run, she also loses her husband, whom she had fallen love with. The entire plot is gripping enough to have you glued till the end.
Just imagine spying in a different country, and it will give you goose bumps. Our war heroes have actually done it in the past. The film attempts at imitating several of those thrilling moments they have actually undergone. Alia Bhatt, in the scintillating role of Sahmat Khan echoes the pain of all those unsung war heroes, who vanished in the dust of time.
Casting – Ultimate
Super charged performances by Alia Bhatt, Jaydeep Ahalawat, Vicky Kaushal, and veteran actors of the likes of Rajat Kapur, Arif Zakaria and Shishir Sharma give it an altogether a perfect finish. The honest performances from Soni Razdan (Alia Bhatt’s real mom), Amruta Khanvilkar, and Ashwathh Bhatt supported the plot quite well. To me, Alia Bhatt is a clear winner of all the Best Actress awards for 2018 for her thrilling performance. Watch out for it!
Music – Melodious
On the musical front, the trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have hit just the right chord with the unparalleled lyrics of Gulzar. The voices of Arijit Singh, Arshdeep Kaur and Sunidhi, give further depth to the short yet strong music album of Raazi. The heart rendering songs ‘Dilbaro’ and ‘Ae Watan’ incite two distinct emotions within your soul, one provoking family emotions and the other invigorating patriotism.
The final verdict
As for the verdict, Raazi is a must watch flick, which you won’t regret viewing even twice or thrice. It is beyond the clichéd rating jargon. Just watch it with your heart, and feel the emotions. Personally speaking, I happened to hit a multiplex only after Dangal, and am glad that I did it!