Meghna Gulzar’s spy-thriller ‘Raazi’ starring Alia Bhatt in lead role is taking the box office by a storm. Although, it didn’t open as expected but it’s gaining impressive momentum because of its fantastic word-of-mouth.
I think a lot of people will agree that Raazi is one of the best Bollywood movies of the year. This year has seen some Box Office records broken by Padmaavat and Bhaaghi but box office numbers rarely ever tell about the quality. And especially in Bollywood, box office numbers are often inversely proportional to quality of the movie.
But what’s the movie about?
In Raazi, Alia Bhatt plays the role of Kashmiri girl who studies at Delhi University. But her father is patriotic person who marries her off to an officer in Pakistan to eventually extract secrets for Indian army during the war. The movie hits the right chords and tone at the right time. Alia Bhatt owns the film.
Especially in the second half, *spoiler alert* when her identity is about to be revealed and she has to kill one of the servants at her home. That’s when the movie was put in third gear and it didn’t come down until the very end. Probably the best thing about the movie is that it doesn’t portray Pakistanis as evil. The movie keeps a neutral front and focuses on story-telling of two nations in desperation.
How is the movie performing at the box Office?
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that Raazi has 50 crores in its first week which is a huge success for a drama thriller movie released on a non holiday.
#Raazi is UNSTOPPABLE… Crosses ₹ 50 cr mark… Have a look at the trending on weekdays – the biz is not going to slow down soon… Fri 7.53 cr, Sat 11.30 cr, Sun 14.11 cr, Mon 6.30 cr, Tue 6.10 cr, Wed 5.90 cr. Total: ₹ 51.24 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 17, 2018
“The story itself is such a powerful one that we don’t need planks of placard carrying jingoism. You say what to say and you do that simply and honestly. When you are making a film on patriotism and you are not bashing Pakistan, you need brave people to back it,” said Meghna, the director of Raazi.
It’s right to say that female filmmakers don’t get to direct movies in Bollywood but when they do, the movies are usually a masterpiece. More power to you, Meghna. Looking forward to your next movie already. And we hope more directors learn from you.