2017's blockbuster hit 'Raazi' showcased Alia Bhatt's best work so far and there is some really good news concerning just that.
Apart from affirming the fact that Bollywood is now more open to female-led protagonists, we're also really happy to hear that the Alia Bhatt-Vicky Kaushal starrer might just get a sequel and we're really looking forward to that now.
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As you know by now the movie was based on Harinder Sikka's book called 'Calling Sehmat' and now, there are talks concerning a sequel to that book, which in turn will also lead to a sequel to the movie.
The reports were confirmed by the author himself, while he spoke to a popular publication and expressed his desire to write a sequel to his earlier book.
His first book, which was a heavy inspiration for 'Raazi' was called 'Calling Sehmat' and it was released in 2008 and the one that will be written by him by the end of this year will be called 'Remembering Sehmat'.
"After I wrote Calling Sehmat in 2008, I spent another 10 years with her, on and off, depending on the little time she gave me. [The book will focus on] how she went into depression after the mission but fought her way out of it. It will reflect her personal journey since her return from Pakistan. The mysteries around her will be decoded in 'Remembering Sehmat'." said the author.
While 'Calling Sehmat' was a book based on the real-life account of an Indian spy in Pakistan, the second one won't have anything to do with spying as much as it would be a take on Sehmat's life, when she returned back to India from Pakistan.
Obviously, the second instalment has to go hand-in-hand with the ending of 'Calling Sehmat' (aka 'Raazi') and spying wouldn't really make much sense for 'Remembering Sehmat' and if you've seen the movie or read the book, you'd know exactly why.
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While Sikka has started working on the second book, he also revealed that he's spoken enough to the Kashmiri girl, on whom the book and the movie are based, and that he has enough content about her life to write a sequel about her journey, post her return to India from Pakistan.
The sequel has more to do with exploring Sehmat's life further and how after she returns to India, she goes through a severe bout of depression. It will also focus on her struggle to accept her own son and her disengagement from the public in general.
But apart from the book releasing, the movie is also rumoured to release sometime after the book and according to Sikka, who has already spoken to Alia regarding the project, she is very willing and keen to star in the sequel 'Remembering Sehmat', carrying forth her very intense and complicated role from the earlier movie.
We're really glad she's agreed upon this project because honestly, we can't put anyone else's face other than Alia's for Sehmat's character.
Here's hoping the book does immensely well and the movie follows suit. After all, Bollywood is progressing towards making more movies which are adapted from books, rather than taking them directly from Hollywood and this one's something to look forward to!