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RAAZI (2018) Movie Of The Year
Ashish Sharma, medium.com May 12, 2018
That a female star holds centre stage makes for a welcome change. Alia Bhatt's histrionics alone are worth the price of the ticket. -- Filmfare
Despite its shortcomings, Raazi has a lot going for it, especially its leading lady. If you are willing to suspend your imagination a bit, it can make for a fulfilling watch. -- Shilpa Jamkhandikar(Reuters)
Sehmat (Aalia Bhatt), is sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan.
RAAZI, based on a true story, is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka's novel "Calling Sehmat", about a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It depicts the journey of an ordinary Indian girl, under extraordinary circumstances.
Once again, the “Student of the Year” has delivered the movie of the year. Raaziis one of the most thrilling and well directed movie in the recent times. But I am really worried, as there are no big names in this movie, it might not be able to create that effect which it should. I just want to reach some people and encourage them to see this amazing work by Meghna Gulzar.
This movie belongs to Alia Bhatt only, she has once again proved her versatility with this role of a spy. This is by far her best performance in the Bollywood, including her performance in “Udta Punjab”.
This movie is based on an incredible true story of a young girl. The father works as a spy for Indian army and provides them vital information from his Brigadier friend in Pakistan. Even though he was from India, Brigadier has full trust on him as he use to provide him information about Indian camps in J&K (which was actually a plan from Indian army).
Soon, the father finds that he has tumor and Pakistan is planning something big against India, and he has no time to find out about it. He asks his Brigadier friend for a last favor and gets his daughter married to his younger son so that she can find out about their plan against India.She is just a 20 year old, going to college, then how will she do it? Whether she will be able to cope with such huge pressure? Will she succeed? Will she come out of it alive?
The overall tone of the movie is quite dark and serious, as it is the matter of national security, so you won’t find unnecessary comedy in this movie. It will literally keep you on the edge of your seat as you will be so connected to the movie. The code language in which they speak for secure communication is the key value of this movie. I will share one such message with you, Alia gives a message after killing a guy, “Chath tapak rhi thi, marammat kr di hai” which means the ceiling was leaking, so maintenance was done. Sounds interesting, right?
There were no unnecessary music tracks other than the “Ae Watan” sung by Mr. Arijith Singh and composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, which will surely give you goosebumps. It is an amazing track by Sunidhi Chauhan which Alia teaches to around 15 students for their annual day as she wanted to help his husband’s elder brother’s wife (which was also the part of her plan) .Other than this, there was no additional song or dance in the movie. The background score was perfect.
You can watch this movie again and again and admire the efforts of the great team for such a beautiful work. The pace of the movie is good, suspense is enough to rocket people out of their chair, unexpected things are done at regular intervals and the ending is satisfying.