Movie Review: RAAZI



Genre: Action, Thriller
Duration: 140 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 11-MAY-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Raazi is a 2018 period-thriller film directed by Meghna Gulzar, starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles. The story revolves around an Indian spy married to a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

Overall Review:
Helmed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions, RAAZI is an adaptation of Harinder S Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. The film stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat and Soni Razdan. The film not only marks Alia and Meghna’s first collaboration, but also Alia and Vicky Kaushal to be seen pairing up with each other for the first time. Set in the 70s, this espionage drama tells the story of an Indian woman married off to a Pakistani Army officer to become a spy for her country. Meghna paces the film well; first half is mainly fleshing out the characters who make up the Sayed family, into which Sehmat is married, and then gradually turning up the tension as the bride’s cover wears thin. The intriguing narration in 2nd half will hold your guts in addition to a mind-numbing performance delivered by Alia Bhatt. The tension created in the second half too elevates the pace. It takes a while to set the first half and hence editing would have helped the film to set the tone from beginning itself. Raazi would have been half backed without Alia Bhatt. To portray the fear of getting killed all the time without overdoing it is what she has achieved. While Highway & Udta Punjab established her bravery skills, Raazi will take her to a different level. Vicky Kaushal is subtle and silent and does all justice to the role he is algned to. Amruta Khanvilkar looks beautiful and plays her part well. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy lives up to the expectations (especially keeping 70’s in mind) and keep the songs to the point. Songs evokes patriotism especially sung by Arijit Singh’s “Ae Watan”. Background score suits overall theme. Amidst all the compelling performances, this is Alia’s film as she continues to push her boundaries as an actor while challenging our expectations of her. The production design by Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray along with Maxima Basu Golani’s costume design further solidify the film’s authenticity. While watching the film, it reminded me of similar movie named: HERO Love Story of A Spy (released in 2003). The film had Preity Zinta playing a similar role of a spy living in Pakistan, working for the Indian army represented by Sunny Deol. Having said this, Raazi is a powerful yet a silent film that speaks a lot without making much noise.

PDF Verdict:
Alia Bhatt’s stellar performance and Mehgna Gulzar’s direction makes this espionage thriller worth a watch and unmissable tribute to the unsung heroes of our country.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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