Alia Bhatt's upcoming release Raazi is one of the most talked about releases of the movies of the year and has managed to create a buzz in the town.
Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi is based on Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat which revolves around a Kashmiri girl who is married to a Pakistani officer and she serves as an Indian spy during 1971 war.
Indeed, the intriguing storyline and the captivating trailer has raised everyone's expectations from Alia Bhatt and Raazi as well.
But portraying Sehmat wasn't an easy journey for Alia Bhatt. Although the actress calls it a big opportunity, but at some points, it was a scary experience for her.
Talking about the same Alia told IndiaWest.com, "It is a big opportunity, something very honest as it is a real story. Automatically, I had a sense of responsibility, because I had to create a character from scratch, as I never met Sehmat. I thought that cracking the way she speaks was a very big part of her persona, and so I did that. On a basic level of niceness, she would be 103 on a scale of 1 to 100, so I had to take her graph onwards from there. Very often, when I was shooting, I had to remind myself that though I was acting, all this had actually happened! That was scary!"
Alia further revealed that she had to undergo extensive training for the movie.
"It wasn’t intense, but yes, it was extensive. For a month I also concentrated on the technical aspects – cracking the Morse Code, learning to drive the Jonga Jeep and learning all the military stuff. The guns were terrifying. I would be shooting bullets and would yell, “Hat jaao (Move away)!” and they would remind me that there were only blanks inside the guns. Even while driving the Jonga, I would scream at people to get out of the way if they loved their lives," she added.
Well, it will be interesting to watch how well Alia will be able to portray Sehmat on the silver screen.
Apart from Alia Bhatt, Raazi also stars Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Rajit Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shishir Sharma in key roles. The movie is slated to release on May 11.