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Alia Bhatt to play Pakistani army officer's wife in Meghna Gulza's next
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Alia Bhatt to play Pakistani army officer’s wife in Meghna Gulza’s next

Alia Bhatt is all set to return to action with Meghna Gulzar’s next directorial ‘Raazi’, produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions. The movie is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel, ‘Calling Sehmat’.

The movie revolves around a Kashmiri girl, played by Alia, married to an army officer across the border, Vicky Kaushal, who provides the Indian Intelligence with invaluable information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and saves the lives of scores of our soldiers. The film will be shot in Punjab and Kashmir in a start-to-finish schedule from July, followed by a small portion in Mumbai.

“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,” Meghna stated.

Priti Shahani, President of Junglee Pictures, says, “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. 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.”
Meghna while talking about her leading lady Alia, said that she has landed a challenging role and at the risk of sounding cliched, a character unlike any she’s played before. ‘Raazi’ is a synonym of `sehmat’ which also means agreeable.

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