Ever since the soundtrack ‘Dilbaro’ came out, Alia Bhatt’s fans worldwide were enamored of her; and Pakistanis also kept discussing as to how beautifully the song portrays the true feelings of a girl when she has to leave her father’s house after getting married. In fact, after the release of the enchanting song, everyone had started looking forward to watch ‘Raazi’ on the big screen. Unfortunately though, the Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer won’t be seeing a release in Pakistan owing to its controversial content.
A senior distribution company official told The Express Tribune that Indian filmmakers should stop producing such content when they very well know that such topics are frowned upon in Pakistan. “It is disappointing to see that films on controversial subjects are being produced in India time and again. All our distributors are well aware about Alia’s role in Raazi and so, no one is willing to purchase the film. Patriotism is another reason for distributors not being pushed about buying the film. Indian producers should know that all our distributors have unanimously decided to boycott such controversial films.”
On the other hand, Director of Raazi, Meghna Gulzar who was very hopeful about the release of her film in Pakistan believes that ‘cultural exchanges should not be driven by politics’, in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express. She further adds, “When the film releases you’ll realise that it’s looking at the Indo-Pakistan dynamic very differently and that there is nothing in it that it should not release in Pakistan.”
Raazi, which is releasing in India on May 11th, is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’. The movie chronicles the story of an Indian spy, played by Bhatt, who gets married to a Pakistani military officer, played by Kaushal, during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.