Raazi RAAZI is an engrossingly intelligent thriller! Well-paced, and marked by great performances, this latest spy thriller from Meghna Gulzar is a well mounted historical drama that achieves the rare feat of being subtle, yet thoroughly engaging. Alia Bhatt’s bravura performance makes this one a must-watch. Go for it! Raazi is based on a true story of a young girl, who was sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan. Right from the first frame, the film engulfs your attention and you’ll be amazed at how it keeps you hooked till the very end. Despite being a story about the Indo-Pak war, the film is totally devoid of that jingoism which you relate with most Bollywood patriotic movies. Director/writer Meghna Gulzar keeps things as believably real as possible and treats the subject with just the right amount of urgency. She paces it well, while keeping the proceedings intelligent enough to make it accessible and entertaining for all audiences. Sure, there are some gaps and flaws in the screenplay that make the film imperfect (explaining which would act as a spoiler), but these never come in the way of the smoothly directed narrative. Without ever spoon-feeding the viewers, the film delivers what it must. Aided by a brilliant background score from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the music of the film is supportive, and never distractive. You won’t realize the 135 odd minutes you spend watching this film. It’s a time well spent for sure. Alia Bhatt is the real hero of this film. Playing a 20-year-old girl with just the right amount of vulnerability, while maintaining the strength that was desired by the character, is a task not many can pull off. With this winning performance, she gives you yet another reason to love her. She deserves all the accolades she receives and more. The supporting cast is phenomenal too. Vicky Kaushal strikes the right balance between being the pragmatic husband of an Indian girl and a proud Pakistani Army Officer. Also great are Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma and Jaideep Ahlawat, among others. To sum up, RAAZI is that rare absorbing thriller to come out of Bollywood which is also intelligent. Totally worth your time and money. Don’t miss it!