Mumbai: Raazi has been the most appreciated film of 2018 and it has done phenomenally well at the box-office. The spy thriller is not only garnering praises and minting moolah at the domestic markets, but it is doing equally well overseas.
Espionage thriller Raazi is now officially a blockbuster. It has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office – an occasion for celebration for its producers, Junglee Pictures and Dharma Films. In the Meghna Gulzar-directed film, Alia Bhatt played the role of Sehmat Khan, an Indian spy, who marries a Pakistani Army officer, essayed by Vicky Kaushal during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
In Raazi, Bhatt is present in nearly every scene. The movie’s popularity can be attributed to her ability to command the screen and take audiences along on the emotional journey of her character.
“As an actor, you are never confident but you are always hopeful about it. I am grateful to the audience for the love. It gives me the confidence to pick up more films like this in future,” she said about the film’s success.
Citing the example of her last release, Alia says she worked like a crazy person and shot for 16 hours a day as they had to make it in a certain kind of budget.
“Now that the film is being appreciated it all feels worth it. But that doesn’t mean my struggles are over. It will continue as I will have to prove myself with every film.”
Alia has mixed her critically acclaimed turns in Highway, Udta Punjab and Raazi with mainstream films like 2 States and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
“Unconventional can also be conventional and commercial if it connects with people. It is essential somewhere to maintain that balance. I was hoping this film strikes a balance and I am happy it did. It also makes me believe in the choices that I make as an actor,” Alia said.
The actor says there will always be a struggle no matter where one starts from.
“My struggles will always be there. It is harder when you have expectations. My struggle is with myself, to outdo and outperform myself, to do something new and different. Just because things are working out for me as an actor in the film industry doesn’t mean I don’t struggle to make it work,” Alia added.
She has an interesting slate of films lined up including Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Karan Johar’s home production Kalank and Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor.
“We are done with Gully Boy, we are shooting for Kalank. I never worry while working on a film but during the release, I do. I worry about the fate of every film and that will never change,” Alia said.
Meanwhile, the actor has also been roped as the face of a new brand campaign of a Star Plus channel. She will feature in their new song that has been composed by AR Rahman.