Raazi Movie Review
At times, Bollywood has its own way of portraying the female protagonists in spy thriller. We have two kinds – One being the heroic Tomboyish ladies, who can just kick off the baddies, trigger the bullets effortlessly. The other one is soft and silent, who might look feeble in heart, but carry out the mission with excellence. Kajol’s role in Fanaa was one such illustration. After looking into the trailer of Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, we were pretty sure it has lots of substantiality to watch out for. Moreover, the film being the adaption of a novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ by Harinder S Sikka had its grip over the expectations.
The story is set against the backdrops of Indo-Pakistan 1971 war, where an Indian spy Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) gets married to a Pakistani man Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) to stop a gruesome attack planned against India.
There are certain assumptions that a spy thriller would begin on the racy note by it prologue. But filmmaker Meghna Gulzar and her screenwriter Bhavani Iyer have their own style of narrating it, which starts with sluggish note. But as the story progresses towards the intermission, it gains the momentum. The second hour too has engaging scenes, but drops with some unconvincing scenes. Say for instance, Alia Bhatt escaping every time she plans something looks larger than life. Nevertheless as the story approaches climax, it does try to diminish those flip sides.
Alia Bhatt gives us a wizardry performance. She has always been at her best when performing emotional scenes. Over here, she makes an impeccable performance that keeps us completely adhered to her. The next immediate attraction is Jaideep Ahlawat and he is perfect throughout his episodes. Rajit Kapur is flawless. Despites his role is confined to shorter duration, Vicky Kaushal is good.
The songs are just okay by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and we see the trio’s excellent panache that were prevalent in their erstwhile movies. The song ‘Ae Watan’ is the cherry pick out here, which stays in our hearts even after the show is over. The trio’s BGM along with Tubby is outstanding. Jay Patel has done a marvelous magic by capturing Kashmir with heavenly shade. But the screenplay could have got gripping to a certain extent if Nitin Baid had got his editing crispy.