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Raazi (2018)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 11 May 2018 (India)
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A Kashmiri woman agrees to marry a Pakistani army officer in order to spy on Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

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Meghna Gulzar

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Harinder S. Sikka (based on the book 'Calling Sehmat' by), Meghna Gulzar (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alia Bhatt ... Sehmat
Vicky Kaushal ... Iqbal Syed
Rajit Kapoor ... Hidayat Khan
Shishir Sharma ... Brigadier Parvez Syed
Ashwath Bhatt Ashwath Bhatt ... Mehboob Syed
Jaideep Ahlawat ... Khalid Mir
Arif Zakaria ... Abdul
Amruta Khanvilkar ... Munira
Kanwaljit Singh ... Nikhil Bakshi (Older)
Aman Vasishth Aman Vasishth ... Nikhil Bakshi (Younger)
Veer Samra Veer Samra ... Nafisa
Saloni Saloni ... Nurse at Military Hospital
Deepak Saini Deepak Saini ... Tailor In Lahore
Sima Pari Sima Pari ... Shyama
Pramod Pathak Pramod Pathak ... Kabir Murtuza
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Storyline

Hidayat Khan is the son of an Indian freedom fighter and agent posing as an informant for the Pakistani government. He wishes to make his 20-year-old daughter Sehmat an agent and continue the family tradition of being in service to the country. Sehmat leaves college. She is hastily trained by senior RAW officer Khalid Mir. Her father uses his friendship with Brigadier Syed of the Pakistan Army to get Sehmat married to his son, Iqbal Syed, a military officer. Sehmat quickly settles into her married life, she falls in love with Iqbal. But everything starts to complicated. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Official Sites:

DHARMA PRODUCTIONS

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Готова за шпионин See more »

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Budget:

INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 207,000,000,000, 20 June 2018
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2.39 : 1
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The first schedule which took place in Mumbai was wrapped up by mid-August 2017. See more »

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The lead character is seen using a Beretta 92 for shooting practice, which is not possible as the story is set in 1970-71 and the 92 model entered production in 1976. See more »

Quotes

Sehmat: My father has also taught me that there is nothing above nation, not even yourself
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Soundtracks

Ae Watan
Lyrics by Gulzar
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Arijit Singh
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a layered patriotic film with a humanistic approach
26 May 2018 | by myselfninadSee all my reviews

Until the interval, the film was slowly boiling but felt like something was missing. But a powerful scene just before the interval explained the whole film in a go. Sehmat undresses herself after a killing, stands under the shower and cries - the cries crack up the heart. One surrenders to the nation irrespective of the in-depth emotions, until Raazi came up the films relied more on nation. But, Meghna Gulzar proves, Emotion is greater than Nation.

The complex nature of the film might come across as a defect, beneath the surface the heart is rapidly beating and the conflicts underline every character. The borders cease to exist, writers Bhavani Iyer and Meghna Gulzar team up to built a strong sense of emotional play. And this is just what I always expected from a war-torn film. The dynamics of "Ae Watan" play in context to both the countries, there's no hero or villain - humanity is. Bollywood has often patronised the term "patriotism", Raazi steps beyond it by taking up the humanistic approach brilliantly. And then, the following dialogue works as a paradox- "Watan Ke Aage Kuch Bhi Nahi, Mohabbat Bhi Nahi (there's nothing beyond a nation, not even love)", says Iqbal Syed.

Sehmat played by Alia Bhatt carves into emotion during the shower scene, often her anxiety comes across childish which just stands as a mould. Watching the film with a peaceful mind might help to digest the thought properly, and I guess, our nation needs such a thought owing to the present "nationalist" agenda.


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