#Raazi – Not so Sehmat!!!
Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi unfolds the incredible journey of Sehmat more emotionally than intellectually. Have it been in equal proportions Raazi could have been much better. Alia Bhatt of course delivers. The film completely rides on her so much that the stellar performer Vicky Kaushal is not more than a prop to the film. An easy bait to the big productions appearing opposite Alia Bhatt with little to do in the film almost in a neglible role is quite a let down from someone who has acted in nothing but meaningful cinema doing meaty roles. Raazi is a let down for Vicky Kaushal fans.
Raazi comes as a Dharma Productions prequel to The Ghazi Attack with a completely different line of cast. Emotions develop but the story doesn’t. What could have been extremely gripping making it a nail biting experience Meghna Gulzar makes Raazi an emotional ride with the soul missing. Sehmat graph develops but with each kill her soul gets disturbed and there is a bit guilt that doesn’t really fit the bill. The climax scene where she breaks down reflects her depression in the situation she is in. Though the decision of being a spy is inherited eventually when given a choice she chooses to be one in the name of Watan; so we fail to understand the guilt, the depression when she should have been proud equally the way her team was, her mission was and is historical. The story definitely is inspired from true events but cinematic experience is what should have made Sehmat’s journey heroic than just satisfactory. When one has the cast like Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal the scope could have been larger than just the emotional coaster. More than sehmat it is the director who looses the grip.
The core music of the film is brilliant and it has the right track giving the right feel taking the story ahead. Dilbaro, Raazi title track and Ae watan blend well. The background score too had a great scope but it just manages to fit in. It doesn’t really enhance the viewing experience. Soni Razdan and Rajat Kapoor has limited screen presence. The film belongs to Alia Bhatt and she delivers but her delivery is limited by the vision of director. Vicky Kaushal is quite a great actor, brilliant performer, in little to do role he speaks a lot through his eyes.
The journey that could have been incredible just turns out to be too ordinary.
Verdict: Just Silver 2.5*s