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Opinion: Meghna Gulzar’s Intelligent Spy Thriller Raazi Proves that Alia Bhatt is the best female Superstar-Actor we have today.
Meghna Gulzar’s Intelligent Spy Thriller Raazi Proves that Alia Bhatt is the best female Superstar-Actor we have today, seriously the way she carried this ‘off the commercial line’ film on her able shoulders is commendable. Her maturity as an actor and also her magnetism as a star is, what we wanted from a female lead in India since long, and as she is so young I just want to see her grow more and more with time. In Raazi she delivered a very strong performance as Sehmat Khan, a 20 years old Spy who thinks that her country is beyond everything and how she evolves with time to know the futility of war and the lives of the people. She is the heart and soul of the film and I am glad after a long time people are going to the theatres for a young female lead to watch the film for her acting and not for her glamour. The confrontation scene in the end between Sehmat and her Pakistani Husband Iqbal Syed, played by the fantastic Vicky Kaushal is a testimony of the brilliance of both the actors and the director. Kaushal gets less screen time in this one but his talent and competency as an actor roar out loud throughout the film. The script of the spy thriller is based on a novel called Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka and we have seen many elements of this novel in several Hindi films in the past which was used to fuel the jingoism in the audiences but all credit must go to Meghna Gulzar here for making a neat spy thriller where she wants to tell a story rather than trying to make money by making a populist jingoistic fare.
Meghna is a good director since Filhaal days but now she is turning into a pro, first Talwar and then Raazi, she picks depressing and serious topics on paper and turns them into highly engaging and entertaining films. In her last two outings, she got both critical acclaim and commercial success which is what every filmmaker dreams of, I hope her golden phase continues like this always and we’ll get nice films to see time and time again.
Technically also Raazi is very sound, cinematography by Jay I. Pate is absolutely first rate and gives the feel of 1971, not to forget the art direction and costume design departments. Editing of Nitin Baid is apt and the music of Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy is soothing. But the screenplay along with Bhavani Iyer and the direction of Meghna Gulzar deserve our ovation, she is here to play a long inning. All the supporting characters are like the important pearls of this shining jewel of a film, be it Rajit Kapoor who plays Alia’s father or Shishir Sharma who plays Vicky Kaushal’s father or Jaideep Ahlawat, who is just riveting as the Indian Intelligence-beauro chief.
Go watch this chilling thriller which never over-preaches about anything but still compels us to ask some serious questions from ourselves. I’ll go with 4 stars out of 5.