Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Alia Bhatt's 'Raazi'

He tells his wife and daughter the truth about his illness and also announces that he has fixed Sehmat's marriage to Syed's son Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal), but that her job in that household will be to become the eyes and ears of our motherland. As she leaks military secrets using her wits and the devices she has at hand, she is also falling slowly in love with her gentleman husband Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal), who is an officer himself. Kaushal's portrayal is very nuanced - his love for jazz is a poignant moment in his character's relationship - but as always, he's been given the stick. A steady speed, zipping by only to overtake one auto after the other. Alia has done her fully efforts and played beautifully every role in this movie. However, it is at the fag end of its run now and is not expected to pose too tough a challenge for Raazi.

A major portion of Raazi has been shot in the picturesque valleys of Kashmir and, brought back Gulzar's childhood memories when she would tag along with her parents (lyricist Gulzar and veteran actor Rakhee) to their shoots.

Raazi reminds you about the reality of war. She doesn't get caught up in the jingoism of it. Under-prepared and woefully naive, Sehmat struggles to find her bearing even as events and emotions threaten to overpower her mind and more importantly her heart!

But the same dedicated fiercely patriotic child-woman happily betrays the people who trust her take her in as the daughter-in-law of their family in spite of her being from the hostile country.

This movie has good acting work. Yes, this may be based on a true story, but Meghna has taken some creative liberties.

Interestingly, Raazi is Alia's best opener at the box office till date with her as the central character in the film. Shishir Sharma has been decent.

While the film is a much more powerful visual feast than the original Monster Hunt from two years ago, it offers little in terms of expanding the first film's themes or pushing the storyline significantly forward, says The Hollywood Reporter. But her grief earns no sympathy from us, her imagined moral high-ground is not only patronizing to the people whom she betrays it is also unconvincing to us who watch in horrified silence as she murders and double-deals with a defiant impunity. Her turn from an innocent, naive student to a seasoned, ruthless spy is the stuff legends are made of. A film on the inner life of a female spy is especially rare. Just don't get caught up in the intricacies of the film. These, however, are minor flaws in the otherwise finely-crafted film, which rides strongly on superb performances.

Vanessa Coleman

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