Raazi-An Inspirational True Story on Patriotism and Espionage

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Raazi is an upcoming espionage thriller mixed with cat and mouse intrigues blended with ample decree of action.

Meghna Gulzar’s spy thriller Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, had its trailer flourishing Youtube recently. Juggling between the chores of a dutiful wife, an servile daughter, and a dauntless patriotic spy.

The film is inspired and adapted by Harinder Sikka’s novel named Calling Sehmat and critical viewers are suggested to look into Calling Sehmat,which is a real incident.

Calling Sehmat- THE BOOK

Sehmat is an Indian Kashmiri woman, who married an officer from Pakistan, when her father instructed her to do so.The event is set in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.

Opening with her death,the story is set long time after she has carried out her mission. Samar,her son enters the room,watching her laid down,covered by the Indian flag, which resembles: “protecting her against the rays of the sun.”

As the novel rings up the tone, the story narrates upon her college days and then focusing on her training days as an Indian spy. Later the focus zeroes in on the naval warfare during the 1971 war.

By keen rendering on enemy positions,troop translocations and strike blueprints after she informed on them saved lakhs of Indian soldiers from losing their lives, with the aid of carefully devised methods…All on her own.

According to the book, Sehmat is an emblem of secularism, praying to Jesus, Allah, Krishna and Wahe Guru. By the whole the author is trying to telltale that neither religion nor terrorism count, only faith and service.

THE REAL SEHMAT

It was the time of a 2008 interview to The Hindu, Sikka elaborated on his method of uncovering Sehmat.He admits his disillusionment biased entirely towards patriotism in the midst of Kargil war.

One day he came across a woman whose name he refused to share, as her existence could end her life.

Thus For his readers, she became Sehmat Khan.

At Maler Kotla, Punjab, Sikka found the mystery woman after considerable effort.

“But she would not speak much. Slowly, she opened up but I still don’t know how she managed to take out such secret information from Pakistani intelligence. All the information she passed on from there matched with the Indian intelligence report here,” he replied.

He added, “Though I found out that she used to tutor General Yahya Khan’s grandchildren.”

The Pakistan’s plan of sinking INS Viraat was the most crucial array of information that Sehmat filled into India, saving millions of lives.

Inorder to avert any threat to her family Sikka had taken eight years to fictionalise her story. Neither her son is in the army, nor Sehmat in this world.

Raazi means ‘sehmat’, which means, to agree,Meghna Gulzar added in an interview. This perfectly fits into the story, especially coming from the director of Talvar.

Directed by

Meghna Gulzar

Writing Credits

Harinder S. Sikka (based on the book ‘Calling Sehmat’ by)
Meghna Gulzar (screenplay) &
Bhavani Iyer (screenplay)
Meghna Gulzar (dialogue)

Cast

Alia Bhatt Alia Bhatt Sehmat
Vicky Kaushal Vicky Kaushal Iqbal Syed
Jaideep Ahlawat Jaideep Ahlawat Khalid Mir
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