Harinder Sikka went to cover the Kargil war and the adventures of the Indian Intelligence when he was taken by surprise by the story of a Kashmiri woman Sehmat.
Sehmat was a Kashmiri Muslim woman who married a Pakistani officer to spy and provide classified information to Indian intelligence during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
What later followed was the writer's task to track this brave woman down and narrate her story in the form of his words. Sikka found out that the woman was living in Malerkotla in Punjab and later compiled his work of part true story and part fiction ( to protect her identity), his novel 'Calling Sehmat.'
When is the story this unconventional who else to step into Sehmat's shoe than the actress known for her out of the box roles?
Alia Bhatt will be seen essaying the role of Sehmat while the movie's title is Raazi.
The special thing about this movie is the unique collaboration of the creatively genius people of the industry. While Alia has already won hearts and awards for her performances in Dear Zindagi and Udta Punjab, the movie will be directed by Meghna Gulzar who with her last creation 'Talvar' brought the cruel realities of the Arushi Talwar case in front of the masses.
Also, Vicky Kaushal who came into limelight with Masaan will be portraying the gray character of the Pakistani officer. Among the many intelligence tip-offs that Sehmat gave, one of them, according to Sikka, was about Pakistan's plans to sink the INS Viraat, an incident that was eventually averted.
The news has it that the movie will go on floors in July and is set to release in 2018. This adaptation will surely keep us glued to every news that will follow until its release.
title image source: dnaindia