I do not recall any movie in recent times in which two sets of parents and their respective children are helping in its making. RAAZI, co-produced by The Times of India Group and Karan Johar has Gulzar writing the lyrics and his daughter Meghna donning the directorial mantle. In addition, it has Soni Razdan, an actress of yester years and her daughter Alia Bhatt playing Mom and daughter. But that’s not the reason you must watch RAAZI.
RAAZI is a tale which is told very rivetingly. And yet, it is slow paced unlike action packed thrillers which tend to deliver edge of the seat excitement thanks to the pace at which the action unfolds. There is danger lurking at every corner, but RAAZI is not merely about those lurking dangers. Meghna scores because she weaves human emotions in the story telling and her actors deliver without a blemish. Alia Bhatt conveys all the feelings valid for a twenty something girl thrown in the vortex of rapidly developing events. Her nervousness despite being trained actually sounds very real; she attempts to display her vulnerabilities as a young spy who is also in a relationship in a remarkable manner. But just her moves wouldn’t have made RAAZI the way it has turned out. The supporting cast delivers in an outstanding manner as well. Take Vicky Kaushal, who plays her husband, for example. Those of who who haven’t seen his MASAAN ( a remarkable movie, by all standards) will be amazed at his portrayal in RAAZI, which involves his saying just a few dialogues, but who conveys feelings remarkably. Be it the role of a son, or that of a new husband or a not very senior officer in the Army, Vicky gets every nuance perfectly right. And everyone else does that too.
Based on Harinder Sikka’s dramatized real life story about the young spy, Sehmat, Meghna has perhaps taken a few more liberties to make this worthy of watching on the screen. Because of this (and this does distract), at more than in a few places, the happenings look a little farfetched. But who knows? In the world of spying and counter spying, perhaps such naiveté does exist. And if we can gloss over such matters in Videshi spy stories, why should someone do nitpicking here?
After a long time, we get to hear a worthy song about national pride. Sung by Arijit Singh in his characteristic high pitch voice, Meghna dovetails this number beautifully in the narration. This song sounds just as relevant when it is sung on the Pakistani side, as much as when it is sung later on referring to India. Meghna has carefully eschewed jingoistic colours in her narration and that adds distinction to the presentation. Not to be missed!
RATING: 4 out of 5
May 11, 2018