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Raazi Movie Review

Raazi Movie Review 2018: Worthy Of A Salute

CRITIC'S RATING    4.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    4.5/5
Movie Name
Raazi
DIRECTION
Meghna Gulzar
GENRE
Action, Crime, Thriller
DURATION
02 hours 18 minutes

Raazi Review

Stand up and salute Sehmat, the Indian field agent whose exemplary work averted many a disaster during the Bangladesh War of 1971.

Inspired by true events, it's a story that needed to be told and writer-director Meghna Gulzar turns it into one of the finest patriotic films of Hindi cinema.

Coming from a fiercely patriotic family, Sehmat agrees to marry Pakistani military officer Iqbal and crosses the border. Winning the confidence of her new family, she finds out precisely what Pakistan has planned against India.

Along with co-screenplay writer Bhavani Iyer, Meghna evokes fine personal emotions with a scene or two between Sehmat and her parents which bring a tear to the eye and then builds a lovely romance between Sehmat and husband Iqbal. But above all is the heart-stopping thrill of a spy story and the fervour of patriotism for one's own country whichever side of the border one may be in.

Sehmat's gritty training under Indian intelligence officer Khalid Mir before her marriage is also very watchable with a slight touch of humour.

The Pakistani she marries is a decent, upright man and so is his family which is a pleasant departure from the jingoistic patriotism that Hindi films sometimes succumb to. But it makes Sehmat's mission that much more poignant as the people she's spying against are not cliché villains and she has to do what she has come there to do even if some of it goes against her conscience.

The performances are as top-notch as the film itself. Alia Bhatt looking the pretty Kashmiri girl is both wonderfully vulnerable and strong-willed as Sehmat. Vicky Kaushal as husband Iqbal has a likable personality and presence. Jaideep Ahlawat as her mentor Khalid Mir, Rajit Kapur and Soni Razdan as her parents, Shishir Sharma as her Brigadier father-in-law, in fact, the whole cast comes together to provide able support.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music also rates a special mention. The Ae Watan number written by Gulzar is lyrical, musical and emotional and has everlasting appeal as a patriotic number.

This is a film that will bring its makers and actors a heap of well-deserved awards.


Analysis

    Direction
    4/5
  • Dialogues
    3.5/5
  • Story
    4/5
  • Music
    3.5/5
  • Screen Play
    4/5

The Verdict

To put it briefly, Raazi is a film that one would unhesitatingly recommend as a must-watch.

For a patriotic film that touches an emotional chord is many ways, Raazi gets a hefty 4* rating.


 

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