‘Raazi’ is the true story of a Muslim girl Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) a kashmiri girl whose life changes when her father Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor) seals her fate as an Indian spy. She undergoes rigorous training under Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) before being married off to Pakistani Army officer Iqbal Syed.
On the other side of the border, Sehmat gradually assimilates into Iqbal’s family to uncover vital information while keeping her real motives hidden from them. The film is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. Alia plays the lead in the movie and has gone an extra mile to get into the skin of her character.
Coming to the casting, as most of the ace filmmakers have said; half of the work is done with the right star cast. We couldn’t have imagined Raazi without Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal. In fact, all the supporting characters are irreplaceable in the film. Jaideep Ahlawat makes us forget that he’s an artist and not an intelligence officer everytime he made an appearance. Her face is so expressive like a canvas, that every emotion right from love, anger, hatred and fear are portrayed in the most realistic manner.
Raazi is not only about patriotism. It would be unfair to dub it as war film. It’s more than patriotism.
The production design by Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray along with Maxima Basu Golani’s costume design further solidify the film’s authenticity, although a few cinematic liberties in the screenplay might take you out of it at specific points.