Why I didn’t like Raazi?
Rajkumari Sharma Tankha
I didn’t like the current superhit film Raazi. I am sure many of you who happen to read this will take up cudgels on behalf of the film. Great director, exceptional cast, each member gelled in so beautifully, a nice heart-warming song and a plot that evokes feelings of patriotism — what more do you want in a film? you will ask me.
A credible reason, I would say, for which the film protagonist Sehmat Khan accuses her trainer Indian IB officer Khalid Mir. Yes, that’s the weakest point in the film, for me. And that is which spoils the whole experience. She accuses Mir of indulging in killing, but that’s what Intelligence agents do, and she knew it beforehand… Sehmat also accuses Mir of “ordering to kill her”. Wasn’t that told to her in the beginning of her training as an agent? She was 20 years of age and knew what she was getting into, not a seven-year-old who was duped into playing an agent.
The principle of the story, watan ke aagey kuch nahin, khud bhi nahin evokes patriotism, strong patriotism. But the way the story goes on isn’t good.
Sehmat marries into a family, knowing fully well the job she is to do, that of passing top notch information about Pakistan’s plans against India to Intelligence Bureau here. What’s wrong here is that in doing so she betrays her own husband and family, a family who loves and respects her! She kills not just the family servant but even her brother-in-law when her cover is blown. Is she fair in doing so? And the fact that she shows no ethical dilemma before ramming the jeep into old servant Abdul chacha or giving a poisoned jab to her brother-in-law Mehboob Syed, makes it worse.
She is too quick to enter into a physical relationship with her husband, who, in fact, is a little hesitant, to gain his confidence. In this scene, she didn’t seem to be a girl in love, but a girl in hurry to finish her job. And when the husband comes to know of her identity as an Indian agent, she is quick to point the gun to him saying pehli mohabbat watan se. But where was the mohabbat with her husband in the first place?
Had she not married into the family, or were her in-laws ill-treating her, her actions could still be justified. But how does one justify plotting and killing a loving family?
It is Sehmat’s lack of conscience in the film that is flabbergasting. Not once is she shown having double mind before killing her family members. It’s perplexing. I wonder, if she ever loved her husband and his family? To me, she comes across as a selfish woman…
I am sure why everyone is praising this film is because the story shows Kashmiri Muslims’ patriotism for India. Khans (Hidayat Khan and his daughter Sehmat Khan) are presented as good Kashmiri Muslims, patriotic and willing to sacrifice their lives for the nation. But I feel it is basically the love Sehmat has for her father more than the love she has for the nation that makes her do what she did. She never once questions her father perhaps because he is dying. She never thinks about the wisdom of her mission because she wanted to prove herself to her father.