A few weeks back all of my hopes from Bollywood had washed away after seeing Baaghi 2 and then on television movies like Dilwale, Judwa 2 and more.
However, the Raazi trailer was just the cure I needed to find a little bit of faith in Indian cinema once again and hope that we can really make good movies.
Raazi, the upcoming movie starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal and based on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka is allegedly based on a true story.
The trailer to the movie directed by Meghna Gulzar whose previous venture was the critically acclaimed Talvar was released Tuesday morning and already seems to have gripped everyone with amazing visuals and intense acting by Bhatt.
Let us take a look at what exactly excites us about this movie as taken from the trailer:
True Story of Indian Spy
Perhaps more than anything it is the fact that the story of Raazi is based on a supposedly true story of an Indian Kashmiri woman who married a Pakistani officer and acted as an undercover agent to get classified information during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.
Although Sehmat (name changed) gave many intelligence tip-offs, one of the most important ones would be how Pakistan was planning to sink INS Viraat. Her information helped the Indian army prevent that from happening.
It is these little-known tales of brave Indians who go above and beyond anything they have known in order to do something for their country that are interesting to hear.
After having watched her movies like Filhaal and Talvar, I can safely say that Gulzar’s daughter will not disappoint in giving us a good enough story.
I personally really like her local and indie-movie style of direction where instead of focusing on big melodrama she chooses to show a very ground-level look of what is happening without much fanfare.
We can see hints of that style in the trailer itself with even the marriage and party scenes shown in a very good way with them having a quiet intensity underlying the danger that Bhatt’s character is in.
To think of it, we, myself included, had almost written her off after Student of The Year as another mindless star child who did not know even the ABC of acting.
But I’m glad to be proven wrong as one after another Alia Bhatt has only gotten stronger as an actor portraying various shades in each character that she brings to life and making every one of them unique from the other.
Even here, I was worried initially about how young, bacchi looking Alia would pull off a character that is being married off and is doing double duty of an Indian spy. But hats off to her for showing extreme sensitivity and maturity in each scene of the trailer that really makes me look forward to the movie.
There was one scene where she is shooting at a target and keeps blinking quickly, a certain determination but also fear on her face that only comes from someone who is thrust into situations they never imagined being in.
These kind of minute details are something that really impressed me along with her chemistry with Vicky Kaushal who is playing her husband in the film.
All in all, the trailer was a great mix of bright sunny colours contrasted with the danger that surrounds her along with some good support from Kaushal and Jaideep Ahlawat as her spy trainer.
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