After appearing in only one film last year in Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt is back on the big screen with a less mainstream film. No sequins or colorful dances here, but rather a sober thriller on a background of patriotism. The actress is trying here the role of a young Indian spy married to a Pakistani in the 70s to spy on his family.
Raazi is taken from the novel Calling Sehmat written by Harinder Sikka. The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar, director to whom we owe the excellent thriller Talvar released in 2015. The film is produced by Karan Johar under the Dharma Productions banner. It is a project that illustrates the desire to change direction at Dharma.
Since the firm so far known primarily for its romantic comedies now brings us thrillers, action blockbusters and superhero movies in the months and years to come. Finally, on the cast, the film also has Vicky Kaushal on its poster. The young talent who has so far been mainly been seen in auteur cinema in Kashyap's productions will try to reach a wider audience this time. Here is the trailer:
It is repeated more and more but the fashion of the moment is patriotism. One of the pioneers of this wave of patriotic thrillers is certainly Neeraj Pandey. Now more and more producers and directors are feeling the good deal and are trying to attract the public. And that's not necessarily for the better. Hollywood has shown us what can become of an industry that drowns its blockbusters of pro-nationalist messages that are pure propaganda.
That's not really what we want to see with the Hindi industry. And it's a shame for Raazi. Raazi seems to have a careful, tense direction, and especially an exceptional performance from Alia Bhatt. The young woman seems to hit hard again with a sensitive, intense and powerful performance in perspective. The story will certainly give rise to situations of high tension and if the suspense is well managed can be a devilishly effective thriller.
But it's on the side of dialogue that this trailer disappoints. Once again we are entitled to whining about the values of the country, and fabulous patriots who risk his life for the motherland. Let's hope that these are only a few lines exposed in a highly touted way to appeal to the general public. Because Raazi is an extremely promising project that we would like to see without receiving a lesson in nationalist morality.