Raazi(2018) Movie Review

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Raazi (2018):

Release date: 11 May 2018 (India)
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Production company: Dharma Productions
Music director: Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Producers: Karan Johar, Vineet Jain, Priti Shahani
Based on: Calling Sehmat; by Harinder Sikka
Budget: ₹40 crores
Cast:

 

Raazi is a 2018 Indian spy thriller film directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the banner of Dharma Productions. It features Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles. The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which is inspired by real events. It is about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer (played by Vicky Kaushal) during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 on the order of her father played by Rajit Kapur.

Principal photography of the film began on July 2017 in Mumbai and the shooting was wrapped up on 27 October 2017. The film was released on 11 May 2018. Raazi was shot across several locations including Patiala, Nabha, Malerkotla and Doodhpathri. The first poster of the film was released on 9 April 2018 through the official Twitter handle of the film while the trailer of the film was launched on 10 April 2018.

The film opens with a senior Indian Army Officer Lt. Bakshi addressing a group of soldiers onboard the INS Viraat. The story flashes to the 1971 India-Pakistan war and the events preceding and following it. Sehmat is a college student from Kashmir. Her father and grandfather were Indian freedom fighters. She learns of her father’s impending death from cancer and his last wish for her to continue the family tradition of being in service to the country. She is soon to get married to an officer, the son of an Army Brigadier in the Pakistani Army, who is promoted to Major General. A few days before the marriage ceremony, Sehmat is hastily trained by members of RAW, India’s external intelligence agency, in various skills required to be a spy.

After the marriage and migration to Pakistan, Sehmat quickly settles into her married life, adjusts to a new country, and establishes the trust and confidence of her in-laws. She also falls in love with her husband Iqbal, though she shortly establishes communication channels with her handlers back in India and starts relaying information. Eventually, she spots information related to the planning of some sort of offensive against India and, at great risk, is able to gather the necessary details and pass them on to her handlers.

It turns out that this information points to a possible attack on the Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, then deployed in the Bay of Bengal. The storyline suggests that this information provided one of the initial warnings to the threat which could have some bearing on the sinking of the submarine PNS Ghazi off Visakhapatnam’s coast.

Toward the end, Sehmat is discovered as a spy but manages to escape with the help of her handlers, at the cost of Iqbal’s death. She ultimately returns to India, after which it is discovered that she is pregnant with Iqbal’s child. She says that she will raise the boy alone; the boy, Samar Syed, later joins the Indian Army.

In the concluding scene, an aged Sehmat sits alone at the window of a small house.

Reception
Raazi received mostly positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8/10

Reviews:

Times of India:

4/5 

RAAZI rewrites the spy-thriller genre with emotions, instead of explosions.

 

Mumbai Mirror:

Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5

Adapted from a true story, this one follows an accidental spy who is thrust with a life of extreme caution where an off move could have considerable consequences — for her and her country.