Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar says Alia Bhatt personally raised the bar with her performance in ‘Raazi’ (2018). Bhatt played Sehmat Kaur, an Indian-Pakistan spy during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
Reported on the Hindustan Times, Gulzar shared that Bhatt carried out many challenging scenes and took them in her stride, “Alia performed quite challenging scenes in the movie. She would be trembling before you say action but the moment camera rolls, you see the performer in her taking over everything. She has raised the bar in acting for herself.”
Gulzar went on to add that Bhatt was her first choice for the role and she couldn’t see anyone else as Sehmat. “I could not see anyone else play this part. If she (Alia) had not done the film, I don’t think I would have made it. Alia’s vulnerability, fragility fitted the character which I imagined. I am grateful for the belief she had put into the character and brought it to life.”
Alongside Bhatt, ‘Raazi’ (2018) also featured Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan and Rajit Kapur.