Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Alia Bhatt's 'Raazi'

Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Alia Bhatt's 'Raazi'

A few key narrative devices employed are predictable and the drama stretches as Sehmat sneaks into rooms and roams about the streets of Pakistan from one shop to another without much in her way.

Sehmat's demure bride by day and sharp spy by night gives the screenplay much of its tension, with nail-biting moments where she wriggles out of a sticky situation after nearly being caught. Raazi is an adaptation of Lt Commander (retd) Harinder S Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat.

The film switches track every time Alia Bhatt, who plays Sehmat, appears on screen. Her father, Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor), a Kashmiri Indian intelligence agent assigns her to a unsafe mission.

An untrained college student goes along with her father's scheme and gets married to Brigadier's son, Major Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), which acts as her official ticket inside the Syed household. As a dutiful daughter, she can do little but surrender to his passion and patriotism and follow the path he has so planned for her.

Willingly, Sehmat takes on a grueling training under the watchful eye of Mir (Jaideep Alhawat), an Indian intelligence agent.

In fact it doesn't surprise me that Bhatt, along with others, performs the spy's character so brilliantly. Her detractors are looking for one misstep of hers, a bad performance so that they can begin the trolling. Even when a heartbroken Iqbal asks her if any part of their relationship was true, she doesn't offer any closure. Both of them are doing exceptional work around the year though Alia is making many more films therefore more classics.

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Raazi is a must watch for spy movie fans.

But this girl also doesn't step back from her patriotic duties when it comes to eliminating those who seem a threat and then cleverly manipulating those around her. Raazi is definitely one of Alia's most career-defining and matured performances.

Alia skillfully embraces Sehmat's vulnerable yet powerful and determined character. Or, was she a misguided daughter carrying on a foolhardy mission set by her father? Her choice of dainty, but spunky Alia Bhatt to interpret Sehmat is well in keeping with her own sensibilities as a director. Meghna Gulzar has definitely grown more assured as a director.

With excellent production values, Jay I. Patel's cinematography captures the performances and the era to perfection. While being realistic, such a narration takes away substantially from the excitement, and so many sequences, we realize, could have had heightened tension to boost the cinematic potential, but do not: At some level, truth must have been stranger and also stronger than fiction! Jaideep Alhawat as the tough Khaled is superb. The music and the background score helped the film elevate well at times when needed. Because as Raazi reminds us, all is fair when it's a matter of motherland.

Meghna Gulzar, who has a knack of telling real life stories in an unconventional way, "Raazi" truly emerges as sure shot victor.

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