Was Alia Bhatt the first choice for Sehmat in Raazi? Meghna Gulzar reveals the truth


Alia Bhatt is already making headlines for her role in Raazi even before its release. The movie’s trailer that was released a week ago established her as a fine actress once again and also reinstated the fact why investing in her in every producer’s dream these days. The Student of the Year star was quick to gather all the praises in her second outing, Highway, directed by Imtiaz Ali. Since then there was no looking back for her. From trying her hands at different genres and nailing every character to the hilt, Alia has surpassed all the expectations and there’s nothing that she can’t do or enact. Even for her next release Raazi, director Meghna Gulzar felt she was apt as a spy who was also a daughter and a wife. Also Read: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan – meet the best-dressed ladies of the first quarter of 2018
At the song launch of Ae Watan from her directorial Raazi, Meghna Gulzar revealed if Alia Bhatt was the first choice to play Sehmat in this espionage thriller. And the answer was exactly what we expected. She said, “If Alia would not have done this film, Raazi would not have been made.” And we agree with what she said. We personally don’t think any other actress would have suited the character so well.” The way Alia slips into different characters is commendable. Also Read: Raazi song Ae Watan: Arijit Singh’s number for Alia Bhatt-Vicky Kaushal’s film will give you goosebumps – watch video
Well, shooting for Raazi did not come easy for the cast and crew. During the first schedule of the movie in Patiala, the crew of Raazi got stuck there. When riots broke in the area after Dera Sachcha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape, Raazi team, too, was among thousands stuck inside their homes due to the curfew. Fearing the sudden protests and the unpleasant circumstances, team Raazi immediately cancelled their weekend schedule. Revealed a source in an interaction with Mid Day, “Given the situation, Meghna realised that it would be unsafe to shoot in Patiala. The team was required to shoot across several locations in the city, and moving around with the stars and equipment was a risky proposition. Mobile and internet services were also stopped, so communication was another issue among the unit. The cast and crew stayed put inside the hotel over the weekend. They did not want any untoward incidents to unfold considering the high alert in the state.


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