Raazi
An Incredible True Story
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Raazi

Hindi
DramaHistoryThriller
11 May, 2018
2 hrs 20 mins
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Raazi is based on a true story of a young girl, who was sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan. It is the journey of an ordinary Indian girl, in extraordinary circumstances.
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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 []... ...Read full review
An elderly Kashmiri gentleman called Hidayat (Rajit Kapur) travels back and forth between India and Pakistan under the pretext of business dealings, when actually he is serving as a double agent between both countries. His friend in Pakistan, Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma), is convinced that Hidayat is spying on India for Pakistan. The truth is the exact opposite: Hidayat is a loyal lieutenant of Indias Intelligence services and, as it happens, the son of a freedom fighter. ...Read full review
Raazi is the true story of a Muslim girl Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) - a nave and inexperienced Kashmiri 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 Iqbals family to uncover vital information while keeping her real motives hidden from them. ...Read full review
A Delhi University girl follows her fathers footsteps and decides to become a spy in Pakistan. Its not just the sacrifice of a life full of promises, but also the end of basic securities. This is a tradition she has picked in her house of Kashmiri patriots. Somewhere in the middle of being a vulnerable wife and a trained agent, she is walking the razors edge. One mistake and her cover is blown. What is even more scary is that shes slowly losing out to her emotions, and it could cost her dearly. ...Read full review
The 1971 war serves as the backdrop of this spy thriller. Tempers are high on both sides. The Indians are covertly training and supplying arms to the Mukti Bahini which is struggling to turn East Pakistan into Bangladesh. Pakistan naturally doesn`t want this to happen and is hatching up secret plans of its own, preparing for a full scale war with India. ...Read full review
The word mulk meaning, nation is repeated several times in Raazi. Close your eyes, and it wont be clear which side of the border its coming from. And for most part, it wont even matter. This, in a nutshell, is perhaps director Meghna Gulzars most remarkable achievement. In hyper-patriotic times such as these, its hard enough to make a spy thriller that humanizes the enemy; its even harder to suggest that the enemy lies in the eyes of the beholder. At no point in a film about a Kashmiri spy who marries into Pakistan army family on the brink of the 1971 war are we, the viewers, ever told what to think. Or who to blame, love or hate. ...Read full review
Alia Bhatt and Meghna Gulzar have come together for the first time. Needless to say, the powerful duo has churned out a masterpiece on silverscreen. Patriotism, an emotion that seems to have escaped the minds of the people, has been confined to only textbooks and songs. ...Read full review
Its the 70s. A timid-Kashmiri girl Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) is taught by her father, Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapur) that the nation must always come before self. She is then dispatched by him to `spy on Pakistan who as we know, has never wanted any good for India. ...Read full review
There are patriotic films, and then there are patriotic films. Jingoism is often packaged as patriotism and served up on a preachy platter in Bollywood. The audience also accepts it with equal enthusiasm, whistles and applause. And when the box office is happy, seldom is a need felt to make different kind of films ones that are completely patriotic and yet feature no camouflaged men showering bullets from across enemy lines. ...Read full review
Raazi is a meditative version of a war film, subtly weighing in on human loss and ruthlessness, even as it seldom wavers from checking off all the crackling elements of an espionage thriller. ...Read full review
Raazi is the story of Sehmat (Alia Bhatt), a simple as any other college going girl whose father Hidayat (Rajit Kapur) is a core member of the intelligence bureau of India. The relations between India and Pakistan are on the soury side and a war is on the cards. Hidayat, who is under the disguise of a friend to the military officials of Pakistan decides to get his daughter married to Brigadier Syeds (Shishir Sharma) son Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal). ...Read full review
Patriotism is one of the most exploited genres of our Hindi film industry but Raazi is undoubtedly by far the best one in this space. Based on the book Calling Sehmat, Raazi is an extremely entertaining film in the recent times. Director Meghna Gulzar, who has a knack of telling real life stories in an unconventional way, Raazi truly emerges as a sure shot winner. It is gripping and high on emotions. ...Read full review
Two scenes, separated by well over an hour in Meghna Gulzars Raazi, are key to understanding the arc of the films protagonist, Sehmat, a 20-year-old Kashmiri girl played by Alia Bhatt, who is embedded in Pakistan to gather intel for the authorities back in India. ...Read full review
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