By Naina Khetpal
Raazi is a Superhit at the box office. The spy thriller is co-produced by Junglee Productions & Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has been appreciated and accepted by both the audience and critics alike. It is directed by Meghna Gulzar who is known for her film based on a real-life instances like Talvar. Lets see what are the 5 reasons why Raazi is a Superhit.
1. Portrayal of Pakistan and Pakistani’s in the film – Gone are the days when Sunny Deol would walk up to the LOC and holler at the Pakistani soldiers thumping his chest to project patriotism. The audience of today doesn’t want such jingoism. What makes this movie different from other spy thrillers is the human angle. There no Pakistan bashing in the film. The film showcases the the human side of Pakistanis and doesn’t draw them in the typical caricatures of a antagonists as has been the norm. “We don’t need to show others are bad people just to show ourselves as good. Raazi did not need anything that was anti-Pakistan which is why it was best not to add masala to it to make it saleable,” Meghna stated at the success press conference of Raazi.
2. Emotional Appeal- The film being a spy thriller breaks another stereotype with it’s emotional appeal. The movie has managed to justify strong emotions like love, patriotism and betrayal at the same time while being subtle. Not to forget the music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the lyrics are penned by Gulzar which also plays an important role in making an emotional appeal.
3. The Starcast
– Alia Bhatt’s is in top form as the demure spy opposite Vicky Kaushal who has also displayed flawless acting . We can say the Alia from Student of the Year has come a long way. Also Soni Razdan is sharing screen for the first time with daughter Alia which makes it all the more special. The leads have been ably supported by stalwarts like Rajit Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shirhir Sharma who are all equally talked about for their roles. Director Meghna Gulzar appreciates the whole cast by saying, “Today when people talk about the film they take the character’s name first and then the name of the actor that means the actors have left their shells and got into the skin of the character so well.’’
4. It’s a journey– The film being intense keeps you intrigued till the end. It takes you along with it and keeps you on the edge of your seat to know what is going to happen next (There is no time for guessing). The story does not have jingoism and incessant elements to add spice or make it masaledaar (which has worked well.)
5.Realistic Portrayal- Raazi is an adaption of Harinder Sikka’s nobel Calling Sehmat and has successfully shown the journey of the Indian Spy (19 year old Kashmiri Muslim girl) who gets married to a high ranked Pakistani army official to protect her country. It is the story of not one but many unsung heroes. It also manages to show repercussions of the enmity between the neighbouring nations.
Raazi’s success indeed proves that the audience is ready to accept anything that is different and breaks the stereotype. Not to forget the efforts put in by Meghna Gulzar’s who is known for her fascination for detailing and research in her movies. She is successful in creating a film and keeping it very real, simple and honest. No wonder Raazi is a superhit!