Verdict: Meghna Gulzar and Alia Bhatt strike a brilliant combination.
There is no shortage of movies based on India's battles with its neighboring nation. Only last February did Dharma co-produce the first movie set inside a submarine – The Ghazi Attack – and now, we have another movie set around the same incident but with a brand new perspective. Before you read the review or watch the film, forget every typical Bollywood spy movie you have ever seen. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi is very different from what is considered to be a spy movie and still in its essence, it is one. The trailer got us very curious to know how the movie unfolds, and well, now we have some answers.
What's Raazi About:
Hidayat (Rajit Kapur) is a double agent who passes just enough intel to Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma) of the Pakistani army to collect more information for the head of the Indian Secret Service Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat). Due to his deteriorating health, Hidayat decides to pass over his tasks to his daughter Sehmat (Alia Bhatt). Although, reluctant at first she accepts the challenge and trains under Khalid Mir. After her training, she marries Brigadier Syed's son, Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) and immediately begins her job of collecting and passing information to Khalid Mir and his team. She is lucky to escape out of tough situations but then her luck is soon about to run out.
Alia Bhatt once again proves her acting prowess in a movie that shows her dedication towards the craft. She has evidently worked on her accent and enunciation for the role of Sehmat and yet, she makes it look effortless. In the moments where she portrays grief over her actions shows us how different this film is on emotional quotient over other movies of its kind. Even Vicky Kaushal is very impressive and the efforts of the supporting cast do not go unnoticed. Each one plays their role to perfection.
Another impressive factor about this movie is how the story is unbiased. Bollywood often has portrayed its neighboring nation as the ultimate bad guys. But this movie shows us everything as it was and we are allowed to form our own opinions. Director Meghna Gulzar is not a novice when it comes to handling sensitive topics, as we have seen in Talvar. She manages to keep us on the edge of our seats during the tense moments of the movie and gives us an unbiased look into the mind of Sehmat with the utmost perfection.
What Could've Been Better:
Some might find the movie a tad slow but at two hours and 20 minutes, the movie could not have been any shorter. Our only problem is that the ending feels a bit abrupt.
Why You Should Watch:
Alia Bhatt has never disappointed us before and this time, she has delivered one of her best performances till date. The movie depicts a different, yet a more realistic side to spy business. The direction is faultless and the performance of the supporting cast will keep your eyes glued to the screen. All in all, it makes for a great watch this weekend.