Alia Bhatt is all set to begin shooting for director Meghna Gulzar's espionage thriller, Raazi, this July, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror. Alia will play the role of a Kashmiri girl who is married to a Pakistani army officer in the film. Vicky Kaushal will play her husband.
Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka's novel, Calling Sehmat. It is being produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions. The novel explores the story of a Kashmiri girl, who provides invaluable information to the Indian intelligence during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Meghna told Mumbai Mirror, "I am trying to do something in a new space, recreating India and Pakistan of the ’70s on sets and real locations. A lot of research has gone into getting the period and dialect right. There are some action pieces too. Its work in progress with workshops and reading sessions."
The filmmaker was also excited about working with Alia. She felt that Alia had landed a challenging role that was unlike any character that she had played so far. As for the film's title, Meghna said: "It’s only when you agree to something that you eventually end up doing it and live with the consequences. ‘Raazi’ is a synonym of ‘sehmat’, which also means agreeable.”
Meanwhile, Priti Shahani, president, Junglee Pictures, said in the report: “We are very excited with the entire team that has come together with us to tell this story. It’s the first time we are collaborating with Karan Johar who has a very keen understanding of connecting stories with the audience and brings immense creative value to storytelling."
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She added: "Alia has showcased her acting prowess in every film and right from start we saw her as our Sehmat. As for Meghna, it’s like homecoming for us post Talvar and she is the perfect person to tell this story.”
Raazi will be extensively shot in Punjab and Kashmir from July with a small portion being shot in Mumbai.