Raazi, the 2018 film starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal and directed by Meghna Gulzar has run into a controversy two years after its release.
The film was the official adaptation of the 2008 novel Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikha. Sikha has recently come out and criticized the film for being entirely different than the book. In a shocking revelation against the director of the film Meghna Gulzar, Sikha has said that Meghna did a blunder with the film and went onto explain why the film didn’t win the National award.
The author in his interview with a news channel said that,
“Meghna did a blunder with Raazi which is why she did not get a National award. In fact, I was backstabbed by them (Meghna Gulzar and Gulzar).”
Appeasement To Pakistan
He further revealed that the ending of the film was changed from that of the original ending in the book. He said that if a similar ending was there in the film, the film would have bagged the prestigious National Award.
“Meghna intentionally changed the narrative to appease Pakistanis. I made her the director, she backstabbed me.”
Sikha further accused Meghna Gulzar of not crediting him in the film. He said,
“I was removed from everything, from Filmfare, my book was not allowed to be launched by Gulzar in person. You want me to read out this email where Jaipur Literature Festival head says, ‘In my 35 years of career, I have never seen anybody bulldozing to remove one person.’ In this case, Gulzar is the case in point. The best original screenplay award was to be given to me but it was removed, it was given to some film by the name Andhadhun which was a copy of a French book because I was to be removed.”
Neither Meghna Gulzar, Gulzar, or the producers have reacted to the allegations yet. However, it will be interesting to see how the story develops.
Source: Hindustan Times