Alia Bhatt who embarked on a break soon after the release of 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' earlier this year, is returning to work later this month as she kicks off Meghna Gulzar's 'Raazi'.
The espionage thriller will be shot in Kashmir, Punjab and Mumbai. It is based on Harinder Sikka's novel, 'Calling Sehmat' and Alia plays a Kashmiri girl married to an army officer (Vicky Kaushal) across the border, who provides the Indian Intelligence with invaluable information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and saves the lives of scores of soldiers. Incidentally, the 24-year old actress's latest screen turn takes her closer to her roots — her actress-filmmaker mother Soni Razdan is half German and half Kashmiri.
She has been reading Sikka's book and finds it helpful as far as her prep is concerned. "It has helped me add extra layers to my character. The script is a lovely adaptation of the book, which is extensive; it has a lot of stories. I just wanted to get the backstory right in my head," she explains.
Ask her if she was apprehensive about taking up the film given its politically-sensitive setting and story, she said, "It's a true and novel story to be a part of so I had no reservations."
She may have reference points for her character in the book, but Alia said the prep is different this time and it's important for her to get the nuances right. "She's a 20-year-old girl so I have an idea about what she will be like but the film is based in a certain time period so the character needed a different approach. I've been working on the dialect which is important to the narrative. I will be speaking Urdu but there's a Kashmiri twang to the girl's diction which I have to perfect. I'm also learning self-defence techniques as I have some action sequences, which is a first for me. I'm watching old movies off a list that Meghna has given me," Alia said, sounding like an earnest student, reorts Times of India.