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Raazi Movie Review: Alia Bhatt is a desi wonder woman minus cape in this taut thriller | PINKVILLA

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Dramatically potent and done with studied precision, Raazi could qualify as one of the finest films of recent times. It’s an espionage thriller packed with chilling twists and turns.

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Dramatically potent and done with studied precision, Raazi could qualify as one of the finest films of recent times. It’s an espionage thriller packed with chilling twists and turns which masterfully narrates the fate of warring India and Pakistan and how a seemingly pliant Kashmiri college girl becomes one of the crucial reasons of a dramatic Indian victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Harinder Sikka, the writer of the book Calling Sehmat on which Raazi is based, had written the story of a brave heart who went to great lengths for her country. His point was simple – Kashmiri Muslims be shown in the right light, for what they are, in most cases true Indians. So writer Bhavani Iyer and director Meghna Gulzar take the source material and weave magic. On paper, it’s a brisk, taut thriller that’ll make you gasp for breath. And how beautifully cast, is just another achievement of the makers. Alia Bhatt as Sehmat is impeccable; her steely eyes have that rare piercing effect. So the film, though carefully nuanced, benefits from its clarity of vision and power packed performances. The principal casting, is a forte – especially Vicky Kaushal, whose balanced portrayal gives the much needed vulnerability to this film,that could’ve easily been passed off as all-brains-no-heart gripping thriller. Raazi is that and so much more, the credit of which must go to Meghna whose humane (and astutely authentic) depiction of each perspective makes the movie a triumph. 

What happens when a young Kashmiri girl Sehmat (Bhatt) is decreed by her father Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor) to become an undercover agent in Pakistan. Trained by an intelligence agent Khalid (Jaideep Ahlawat), she is soon married off to the Pakistani Major Iqbal Syed (Kaushal). Step by step, Sehmat is able to sink her teeth into the system in Pakistan, passing off information. But the fear of being discovered looms large on her. 

What is admirable about Raazi is Sehmat’s character – she isn’t a clinical spy, brutal or heartless. And Alia sucks you in so strongly that you care for her hiccups, especially when she treads too close to blowing off her patriotism for feeling. What doesn’t work is its plotting at places, because it’s not hard to see where this could be headed. It’s not clichéd, but writing in an oversold genre is always that whatever you are about to envision has already been attempted before. 

This film, thus, is more about the performances which elevate it to another level. Alia, on her part, is dedicated to portraying the emotional frailties of her character, mixing it up with the clumsiness of a novice spy. She makes mistakes, she stumbles and beneath her assured performances is a fair amount of internalisation of what the character truly stands for. Vicky, though limited by way of his potential, is fabulous in each frame. There’s a fantastic face-off that he and Alia pull off with immense finesse. 
Shishir Sharma, who plays a pivotal part in the movie, brings his experience into the film, adding to its drama. 

Raazi also works for its novelty. There is charm in the unexplored and especially when it’s this well-done it’s a treat. Gun blazing action, though wholesome and entertaining is often exhausting. Why can’t spy movies be more brain and less brawn? Meghna skilfully tries her hand at that, and though there are a few stray shortcomings, Raazi is unsettling which is the most delectable thing about it. Watch out for Meghna’s truth is stranger than fiction stories. She has a knack for finding the most potent ones. 

We rate it a 75% on the Pinkvilla Movie Meter. 

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