Alia Bhatt’s Raazi depicts why loving your own country doesn’t mean hating the other

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Written by Shivangi Jalan
| New Delhi |
Updated: May 17, 2018 4:03:43 pm


Alia Bhatt plays an undercover agent Sehmat in Raazi.

The genre of patriotic films in Bollywood has long been marred by narratives that scream jingoism left, right and center. From Maa Tujhe Salaam to Border to Main Hoon Na, our patriotism has mostly been of the chest-thumping kind. And often in search of a caricaturish antagonist to underline such extreme nationalism, filmmakers have settled upon Pakistan as the comfortable scapegoat.

It is not like Bollywood has not been making films that offer some perspective on the Indo-Pakistan situation. While Hrithik Roshan’s Lakshya was a small but noticeable step in that space, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, more recently, was also an admirable achievement. But it is only with Meghna Gulzar’s latest offering Raazi that Bollywood…

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