Raazi (2018) – Movie Review

Raazi is a spy thriller film directed by Meghna Gulzar who is known for her impactful work on film Talvar (2015). The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which is inspired by real events.

The film sets during the era of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. When espionage became the prominent weapon to gather intelligence and to get an upper hand over the critical situations. Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor), an individual working for Indian Intelligence Agency, having good relations with Pakistani military officers, after learning about his cancerous medical situation, he asks his only daughter Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) to take his place in this war-like situation against Pakistan. Sehmat, having the same blood and equal sense of nationalism like her father and grandfather who worked to forward the independence of India, gets ready to take this job by getting married with Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), a younger son of Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma) of the Pakistani military. Rest of the film follows the incredible and dangerous journey of Sehmat and how she transforms herself from a vulnerable and sensitive girl into a strong person.

The plot of the film pretty simplistic, but the drama and the series of thrilling events actually make the film gripping. Even if the audience know that where the film is going, but the strong and compelling characters make the audience root for them. The performances by every individual are fantastic. In particular, after her notable work in Highway (2014) and Udta Punjab (2016), on the same line, in this film also Alia has given an outstanding performance, she has just ruled the whole film. Also, Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir has given full justice to his role. Soundtracks by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the film are well placed and lifts the overall drama of the film by spreading the wave of patriotism in the whole movie theatre. Mainly, the film talks about bravery and sacrifice of those unsung heroes (field agents) who risks their lives to serve the nation and get never celebrated for their work.

Verdict : A must watch gripping drama about unsung heroes of our nation.

Rating : 3.9/5

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