Raazi: A Deshbhakti Film that Shows the Ugly Side of Patriotism

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Raazi: A Deshbhakti Film that Shows the Ugly Side of Patriotism

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here’s a scene in Raazi where, on the last day of 20-year-old Sehmat’s (a vulnerable Alia Bhatt) month-long training at the RAW headquarters in Delhi, her handler, Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) asks her a pertinent question. “Why did you agree to this?” he asks, still unable to wrap his head around the fact that a college girl is ready to have her life and dreams uprooted at the cusp of her youth.

His query isn’t unwarranted; before her induction into the world of Morse codes and revolvers, Sehmat led a seemingly undisturbed life far removed from it, studying at Delhi University. Her father Hidayat Khan’s (Rajit Kapur) ill-fated, terminal lung tumour diagnosis, sets in motion a chain of events that forces a meek yet resourceful Kashmiri girl to mould herself into a masterful Indian spy.

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