Meghna Gulzar gave us a brilliant take on two parallels of 2008 double murder case with “TALVAR”, and with “Raazi” she tells story of our unsung heroes and the futilities that wars bring. Set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, RAAZI is a story of a college going girl, Sehmat and how she leaves everything at the behest of her father to render her services for nation as a spy by marrying into a High command Pak family.
The screenplay is etched out beautifully by Gulzar and Iyer and incorporating Urdu in a nuanced manner makes it a standout. Raazi also wins in its dignified approach to take such intricate story and narrate it without shoving patriotism and border hatred down our throats with heavy intense scores or chest thumping dialogues. This is evident from the usage of song “Ae Watan” for Indo- Pak alike and cleverly syncs with the overall theme. With a stellar cast, film delivers strong performances making you feel every ounce of energy punched to character portrayals. What makes it short of a thriller though is the editing which makes it a dull affair before the climax is reached and takeaways are drafting in your mind. The writing works for a larger part of the movie whilst making the smaller parts fall into an erratic pacing. I found Gulzar’s portrayal of Sehmat as an apologetic one rather than a transitional one. Raazi thus manages to clear the set standards of Indian mainstream cinema but it falls a bit short to achieve a higher pedestal.