The shooting for Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming directorial “Raazi” has started. Starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in the lead role “Raazi” is a love story.
Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is co-producing the film, took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and shared a photograph of the film’s clapboard.
“The journey of ‘Raazi’ begins today! All the best to all of us! Meghna Gulzar, Dharma Movies, Junglee Pictures, Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal,” Karan captioned the image.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 25, 2017
Meghna, who has earlier made films like ‘Filhaal…’ and ‘Talvar’, is the daughter of celebrated writer Gulzar and veteran actress Raakhee. For ‘Raazi’, which narrates the story of a Kashmiri girl marred to a Pakistani Army officer, she has cast actors Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal.
The espionage thriller is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’, and will be shot in Punjab, Kashmir and Mumbai. After “Highway” and “Udta Punjab”, “Raazi” is the third film Alia has signed, and understanding her choice of going de-glam to back her performance oriented roles, this one won’t be any different.
Talking about her role in the film, Alia Bhatt had informed Mirror earlier, “It has helped me add extra layers to my character. The script is a lovely adaptation of the book, which is extensive; it has a lot of stories. I just wanted to get the backstory right in my head.”
She further added, “She’s a 20-year-old girl so I have an idea about what she will be like but the film is based in a certain time period so the character needed a different approach. I’ve been working on the dialect which is important to the narrative. I will be speaking Urdu but there’s a Kashmiri twang to the girl’s diction which I have to perfect. I’m also learning self-defence techniques as I have some action sequences, which is a first for me. I’m watching old movies off a list that Meghna has given me.”
Alia also spoke about teaming up with Vicky and Meghna. “I have interacted with Vicky a couple of times. When you work with an actor who is extremely good at what he does, it enhances your performance. I have just started out with Meghna but I feel I’m in safe hands. She gets into little details of what she wants. I noticed this while watched her last film, Talvar,” the actress said.
Vicky Kaushal, who made waves with his performance in “Masaan”, is also honoured to be a part of the project.
“I’m honoured to be getting an opportunity to work with Meghna Gulzar and also looking forward to working with Alia, who I feel is one of the finest actresses we have at the moment. Actually, the entire team is so talented and especially to be working with Dharma Productions is rewarding for any young actor. I’ll soon wrap up Raju Sir’s Film and will begin Shooting for Raazi“, said Vicky Kaushal.
“Raazi” is produced by Karan Johar and Junglee Pictures. The film is slated to release in 2018.