May 122018

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer, Raazi opened to good numbers on day 1 at the box office

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in a still from the film. Picture Courtesy: YouTube

Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar opened with good numbers. Raazi which released this Friday received raving reviews from everywhere. The critics, as well as the audiences, have loved the film.

Raazi earned Rs. 7.53 crores on it’s first day at the box office. The film starring Alia Bhatt in the lead is one of the highest opening days for a film driven by an actress.

Considering it’s a women-orientated film, it has done very well in the metros and collections in other major centers are also decent. The numbers are growing with each show due to its exceptional word of mouth, which works to the favour of the film.

Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar also stars Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat in pivotal roles, is expected to rake in more numbers in its first opening weekend.

Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, a novel inspired by the almost-unbelievable real-life story of a woman, who Sikka named Sehmat, to protect her identity. Alia Bhatt plays the character of Sehmat, a Kashmiri woman, who gets married to a Pakistani officer with the intention to source out intelligence details and pass it off to Indian forces. Vicky Kaushal essays the role of the Pakistani officer.

Also Read: Raazi Movie Review: The Year’s Best (Thus Far)!

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May 112018

Raazi is a meditative version of a war film, subtly weighing in on human loss and ruthlessness, even as it seldom wavers from checking off all the crackling elements of an espionage thriller

Still from Raazi
A still from Raazi

U/A: Drama, History, Thriller
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
Rating: Ratings

I guess if you’ve ever done something fishy (whether illegal or unethical) that you’d be petrified of getting caught for (God knows, to some degree, we’ve all been in such a position), the extreme fear/nervousness only hits you when you try it for the first time. The successful completion of which leads to subsequently higher levels of confidence, bordering on callousness, eventually.

As it seems with the brazenness with which the lead character (Alia Bhatt; what a consistently dazzling talent) in this film goes about her work as an Indian spy, living as a housewife, operating right inside the Rawalpindi official residence of her father-in-law, a Pakistani top-brass military officer, deep within a cantonment, while being married to a young bloke (Vicky Kaushal) who, like his brother, is a Pak Army man himself!

But you care so much for the girl, or perennially hope that she stays out of harm’s way that, for the most part, I ended up watching this film with my hand on the forehead, often veering towards closing my eyes! It’s the textured use of sound and some superb, textbook camera-work that, experience wise, it almost feels like you’re going through David Fincher’s stellar mystery-thriller Zodiac (2007), no less. This is director Meghna Gulzar’s first outing after Talvar (2015), proving, without doubt, she is at the top of her game.

For a film so packed with plot twists, the gentle calmness in the air, even if slightly claustrophobic, given that it’s mostly set inside a palatial home, surprises you, while holding your attention all through.

And despite a subject that essentially deals with jingoism, or patriotism, if you may, all characters (Indian or Pakistani) on the screen appear human, rather than tragedies alone. Whether that be the Pak husband, who’s basically brought home a fake-wife; or his father, a full-on gentleman who, as Brigadier, loyally lords over a lot of decision-making process in the well-oiled military machinery – the only Pak institution that hasn’t failed, or perhaps the reason the other institutions have! Of course none of this collective connect would be possible if it weren’t for solid detailing, and some of the finest actors doing what they do best.

In fact it doesn’t surprise me that Bhatt, along with others, performs the spy’s character so brilliantly. For if there is any profession where you can aptly apply great acting skills (outside of acting itself), it would be as a spy, isn’t it? That’s the other place you’re necessarily supposed to be someone else!

Raazi, meaning, in this context, I guess, a keeper of raaz (secrets), is a fictionalised version of an actual story about an undercover Kashmiri girl in 1971. It’s based on ex-navy officer Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. I’m tempted to read the book, since the real-life Sehmat, I’m told, passed away recently. She would’ve been the most fascinating person to meet.

The information young Sehmat managed to unearth, as an Intelligence Bureau operative, perhaps formed the basis of precious info on a massive submarine attack planned by Pakistan on India’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. If you want to know what really happened thereafter, you only have to watch Sankalp Reddy’s splendid war-film The Ghazi Attack (2017).

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This is a meditative version of a war film, subtly weighing in on human loss and ruthlessness, even as it seldom wavers from checking off all the crackling elements of an espionage thriller. Honestly, I felt a little numb in the head as Sehmat feels the same for her soul. Whether or not you’re sehmat (agree) with Sehmat, I suggest you should totally be raazi (willing) to catch her scintillating, untold story for sure (Eh? Told ya: feeling numb in the head!).

Also read – Meghna Gulzar: Misconceptions around Raazi’s stand will be cleared after screening

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Oct 042017

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt is undoubtedly a dreamy pair which sets the screen on fire, merely by their presence. They both are the most doubted stars of the current crop of actors. Both Alia and Varun have a track record of delivering spectacular performances. Varun’s latest being ‘Judwaa 2,’ the audience cannot stop gushing over the film. They both have their star power. Started with Dharma’s ‘Student of The Year,’ followed by Dharma’s ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania,’ the pair has been Dharma’s head honcho Karan Johar’s favourite amongst others.

On the professional front, Karan has once again associated with his protégés Varun and Alia for an ad shoot and they both look aesthetically gorgeous. It seems, as though, they both have just stepped out of a Wonderland in their royal attires.

On the personal front, Alia, Varun, and Karan Johar keep partying every alternate day. They follow the principle of work hard and party harder. Last night, the duo, along with filmmaker Ayan Mukerji went at a popular restaurant for dinner and bumped into entrepreneur Mukesh Ambani with wife Nita Ambani. They had an enjoyable conversation and also posed together.

Varun, is currently taking in the responses for his last outing ‘Judwaa 2’and has started work on next project ‘October’ by Shoojit Sircar. On the other hand, Alia has just wrapped up Meghna Gulzar’s film ‘Raazi’, which is slated for a March 11, 2018, release.

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Oct 032017

Alia Bhatt was recently left teary-eyed when she saw specially abled children performing on the National anthem. When the national anthem was playing, Alia Bhatt was also present on the stage besides Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan. Everyone present in the hall stood up when the National anthem started playing.

When Alia saw the specially abled child perform the National Anthem with the use of sign language, it filled her eyes with tears. The ‘Udta Punjab’ actress could not control her emotion and tears after seeing them perform and tears started flowing down her cheeks. 

This event took place in Mumbai during a cleanliness drive carried out by a private channel and several Bollywood celebrities had taken part in it. Currently, Alia Bhatt is working for a number of films. She is shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s superhero film ‘Dragon’ and Meghna Gulzar’s thriller, ‘Raazi’. 

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