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The True Story behind Alia Bhatt’s Raazi: Legend Sehmat Lives

  • by Hitesha Utmani
  • May 6, 2018

Meghna Gulzar’s spy thriller Raazi is about to hit the theaters on 11th May and there is just something captivating about spy stories that anchor us to our seats awaiting the nail biting adventure ahead. In her upcoming movie Alia plays the role of a beautiful dutiful wife, an obedient daughter and a steel nerved patriot.

The movie is based upon the fictionalized account of a true story and has been adapted from  Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. The novel is set in the 1971 Indo-Pak Naval Warfare and uncovers the story of an Indo-Kashmiri undercover agent.

According to Sikka, it was his anger against the many intelligence failures of the Indian Army during the Kargil war that gave him this fascinating story.
 “I was very angry then and even questioned the patriotism of certain people in the Intelligence Department. There, during one such discussion, an Army officer told me that not everyone is the same. I was not too convinced about it. So he gave the example of his mother, much to my surprise. She married a Pakistani Army officer to provide India with classified information during the 1971 war. She was a Kashmiri Muslim,”  said Sikka to the Hindu.
To maintain the secrecy of her name, Sikka calls the lady Sehmat Khan and the same name has been adopted in the movie. The book opens with a poignant account of Sehmat’s Death long after her successful mission.When her son Samar enters the room where her body is laid, Sehmat is shielded by the shadow of an Indian flag outside the window, “protecting her from the bright rays of the sun.”
Sehmat had devised her own ways of getting hold of Pakistani classified information and the most important contribution of Sehmat to her country was the Intel on Pakistan’s plan to sink Indian navy’s pride INS Virat which saved millions of lives.
Meghna Gulzar had once said in an interview that Raazi means ‘sehmat’, which means, to agree. And that seems to fit perfectly with the plot of the story.
Watch the full trailer below
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