BY ANUJ RADIA
Talented mother-daughter duo Soni Razdan and Alia Bhatt will be reprising their real-life relationship for Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, where Alia plays heroine Sehmat, and Soni plays her mother.
Soni says “I can’t tell you how excited I was to get this opportunity. At the time, I knew that Alia was in talks with Meghna too, but I didn’t exactly know for what.
“Alia takes her work quite seriously and we have to pester her to get things out of her. We both have been waiting to work with each other for a long time now and I didn’t really care how big the role was.”
Raazi, directed by Meghna Gulzar, is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat and depicts the journey of an ordinary Indian girl, under extraordinary circumstances.
Soni further added, “It was a dream to work with Meghna and she was very clear about her vision for my character. At that point, I didn’t have the access to the book, so I depended entirely on the brilliantly written script, but I would like to read it after the release of the film. I’m sure it will be another journey altogether and I would like to enjoy it independently.”
On acting opposite her real-life daughter, Soni says “I remember this one scene, where I give Sehmat her nani’s jhumkas and tell her that she can choose not to do what she is doing, and she says that nothing is more important than the country. After the scene, I wanted to hug my daughter. I was so proud.”
Starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta, Raazi releases in cinemas 11th May 2018.