“It Was Emotionally Draining”🔉- Alia Bhatt on Essaying the Role of an Indian Spy🕵🏻♀in Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi
Alia Bhatt has been in the film industry for all of six years but already has delivered some of the most brilliant performances. From Highway to Udta Punjab to Dear Zindagi, there is no stopping this girl from taking risks with her roles and break stereotypes. Balancing the life between commercial and unconventional roles, Alia Bhatt has now taken on the role of an Indian spy in Raazi. The Meghna Gulzar directorial narrates the story of a Kashmiri woman who was persuaded to marry into a Pakistani family and go undercover as a spy during the Indo- Pak war in 1971.
With a challenging role like this, Alia Bhatt had to undergo a month of prep for Raazi. She had read the part of the Harinder Sikka novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ from which the movie script has been adapted. She learned proper dialect including Urdu, Morse code, and learned driving a Jonga jeep. “I can join the RAW team, if they need me to right now,” Alia Bhatt quipped at a media interaction on May 4 in Mumbai. “But no amount of prep can actually prepare you for what happens on set. It was emotionally draining. We shot the film within 48 days at a stretch without any breaks through 14-hour days. There was no time to ever not be the character,” she said.
“When you are part of a true story, you automatically feel a sense of responsibility even though you have never really seen the real-life character. Once you crack the way this girl (Sehmat) spoke, everything is done for you. Because the way you speak is a very big part of your personality. I decided to start her off at the most basic level of niceness and then take her graph from there,” Alia Bhatt said.
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