Raazi : 5 things I learned from Alia Bhatt and Meghna Gulzar’s Sehmat Khan

Raazi is one of those rare movies these days that doesn’t have a narrator or some extra lines to explain what is going on. I am happy to watch yet another woman direct a movie without keeping a man’s sensibilities in mind during the romantic moments. The other one being Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi.

As the movie tells a true story you tend to watch it from that perspective. Since it is not predictable you are literally at the edge of your seat during some scenes. The build-up to the tension leaves you edgy and squirming. Every time you relax a bit, it starts again. Having said that, I still would not want to watch it a second time because it has given me all that the first time around and I know how it ends so there is no suspense.

No talk about Raazi would be complete without singing to Gulzaar’s Dilbaro and Watan. I loved the tune of Dilbaro.

Here are some random takeaways from Raazi for me 🙂

  1. Kashmir is beaaauuutifulll!
  2. It is possible to become a half-baked but kickass RAW agent in a few weeks.
  3. Agents don’t feel pain and are desensitized and detached.
  4. War is really stupid and every life matters.
  5. Rely on your instincts.

There were a couple of jarring notes that marred the otherwise smooth narrative. Though my friend would call it nitpicking, I will list it anyway:

  1. So in all her interviews, Alia Bhatt spoke about working on her diction to make her “zabaan saaf” so the words would sound right. However, she messed up in a couple of places. Once she said garwale instead of gharwale and the second instance I just can’t remember.
  2. I tried to find out whether plastic bags were readily available in 1971 but all I found was this paage which said that only in the late 70s did it find its way to supermarkets in America. So the way Alia or Sehmat Khan just manages to look for one and find it easily in a Pakistani house in 1971 seems a bit out there to me. But, of  course it is the Paki army so who knows what they might or might not have had.

If you do plan to watch it, then go to a theatre because it might not be that gripping on a small screen.


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