Raazi: Alia-starrer flick you can not afford to flick off

Alia Bhatt plays a Kashmiri undercover agent in Raazi

The movie, based on Harinder Sikka's dramatised version of a Kashmiri spy's life, is set in the run up to the 1971 war and the critical element of surprise the Indian Navy acquired over a planned attack on INS Vikrant by PNS Ghazi. She also has to explore a newfound sense of freedom, conquer her inner demons (of having being molested as a child) and finally deal with love for a man who is her polar opposite (there's also the Stockholm syndrome angle).

Alia Bhatt's Sehmat is "Raazi" (willing) to take over her father Hidayat's (Rajit Kapur) mission of transferring relevant information from Pakistan to India.

Despite the presence of Shah Rukh Khan in an extended cameo, Dear Zindagi is an Alia Bhatt show, all the way.

She is, after all, a Muslim, and a Kashmiri Muslim. He arranges her marriage to Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal), son of his aristocrat friend in Pakistan, Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma). Despite her vulnerability, the innocent girl skilfully passes crucial information to India. Sehmat marries into a high-rank army family in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in 1971. She is stuck in a situation from where she can not move backward and forward. One slip up and it could be all over for her. Even when a heartbroken Iqbal asks her if any part of their relationship was true, she doesn't offer any closure. Alia Bhatt has performed very well as a daughter, wife, Daughter-in-law.

Meghna Gulzar's powerful new film Raazi starring Alia Bhatt comes loaded with its fair share of Indian history. Well, it may also call the Alia's best performance on her entire career.

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Alia skillfully embraces Sehmat's vulnerable yet powerful and determined character. What is even more scary is that she's slowly losing out to her emotions, and it could cost her dearly. Directed by renowned filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, the Hindi offering is predicted rake in Rs 4 crore on day 1. There's a lot going for Raazi yet there's a nagging lack of novelty - whether it is the film's plot, message or Bhatt's ability to cry. The film is produced by Dharma Productions and stars Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in the lead roles. Jaideep Alhawat as the tough Khaled is superb.

Said The Indian Express, "Meghna paces the film well, 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". With not a single tiresome moment despite of slow pace in the first half, Raazi won't bore you even for a single second. But what I do know is that many of us like to watch good stories and support good cinema.

The Meghna Gulzar directorial has been making waves ever since the trailer was unveiled by the makers.

What's remarkable about Alia is her ability to inhabit the world of grey with just as much ease as she does in the black-and-white world of Bollywood.

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