Meghna Gulzar’s choice of subjects is excellent, especially at a time when Bollywood is welcoming new content. Though Talvar would still rate as her best, Raazi does not disappoint.
“Mein To Ab Wahe Ke Hoon Jahan Mere Ghar Wale Hain” – says Sehmat [Alia] in a scene, it is left to the viewer to decide where her loyalty lies.. The movie is not about India Pak, but does not succeed in showcasing the futility of war if that was the intention.
There would be many such undercover agents, and the movie is kind of biography of one such agent, adapted from a book called “Calling Sehmat”.
In certain scenes Meghna succeeds in creating the tension when Sehmat tries to spy on her father in law.
Alia definitely delivers a convincing Sehmat, with the innocence, grit and patriotism and fear of a novice agent. The supporting cast is also fantastic which lifts the movie.
It is however the pace and the too easy to infiltrate an enemy family story that lacks the punch.