Connect with us

Indo-Pak News

Real Raazi Story: Who is the Real-Life Kashmiri Army Officer and Sehmat?

Published

on

Bollywood movie Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt, has hit the box office with rave reviews. Raazi is a real story of a Kashmiri intelligence officer who spied for India during the 1971 war. The story of Raazi has been adapted into a movie from Retired Lt. Commander Harinder Sikka’s debut novel – Calling Sehmat. The book and the movie Raazi is about a Kashmiri girl who marries into a military family in Pakistan and becomes an Indian spy.

India-Pakistan War of 1971 – 90,000 Pakistan Soldiers Surrender in Dhaka

Harinder Sikka, the author, came to know about the ‘Spy Princess’ during the Kargil dispute and named her Sehmat Khan to protect her identity. The novel talks about the unusual life of Sehmat, an Indian spy from Kashmir, who operated in Pakistan during the India-Pakistan 1971 war.

How did Sikka Unravel the Raazi Story?

Harinder Sikka is a former officer of the Indian Navy. During the Kargil war of 1999, he was right in the conflicted area to write and report media articles about the alleged failure of the Army’s intelligence in the area. As reported in the Hindustan Times, Sikka recalls:

“I was very angry then and even questioned the patriotism of certain people in the Intelligence Department. There, during one such discussion, an Army officer told me that not everyone is the same. I was not too convinced about it upon which he gave the example of his mother, much to my surprise. She married a Pakistani Army officer to provide India with classified information during the 1971 war. She was a Kashmiri Muslim.”

Why People Love to Hate India in Kashmir?

Sikka is now the Director of Corporate Issues at Nicholas Piramal. He says that even years later, he kept thinking about the courageous act of the Kashmiri woman. He then, after numerous efforts, managed to meet her at her home in Punjab. In fact, what revealed was that it was Sehmat Khan’s timely information that saved the INS Viraat from sinking. After collecting all the information, it took Sikka about 8 years to weave it all into a fictional story, to continue protecting her identity and family.

Sikka also wonders about the sheer patriotism of Sehmat’s father, a rich Kashmiri businessman, who pushed his daughter to take up a dangerous task for the sake of his country. Sikka says that his novel is about the real essence of patriotism shown by Sehmat Khan and her family, and also about the loyalty of the Kashmiris for India. But who is Sehmat and who is that Indian army officer from Kashmir might be never known!

The Raazi Story – Movie Review

With a strong star cast, the Raazi movie hit the theatres this weekend. It is a real story adapted from Sikka’s book. It is a quintessential Bollywood movie, with the essence of being ‘real’. The movie highlights the theme of patriotism and how at the core of it the meaning is the same, no matter which side of the border one is. There is tension, drama, and a multitude of emotions that keep the audiences involved. From a broader perspective, India-Pakistan is today filled with anger and hatred. A movie such as Raazi beautifully depicts what real patriotism is.

Must Read at EurAsian Times: Why is Japan Unhappy with Bullet Train Project in India?

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Trillion-Dollar-Infra Trillion-Dollar-Infra
Americas2 hours ago

“Shut-Up Man!”: Donald Trump Has A Face-Off With Joe Biden At US Presidential Debate

US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden clashed Tuesday evening during a political showdown that repeatedly broke down...

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Featured3 hours ago

After The Rafale Fiasco, How Will Indian Armed Forces Benefit From The Removal Of Offset Clause?

The Rafale fighter jets were back in the media limelight when the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) reprimanded...

S400-VS-F35 S400-VS-F35
Americas12 hours ago

Inside America’s Trillion Dollar Disaster – How The US’ F-35 Jets Emerged From The Ashes?

The United States currently houses the most sought after and probably the most potent fighter jets in the world, the...

TURKEY TURKEY
Featured13 hours ago

Armenia Threatens To Shoot-Down Turkish F-16s With Russian Iskandar Missiles

In a severe escalation of tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenian Ministry of Defense reported that an Armenian jet was...

Sargsian-Armenia Sargsian-Armenia
Expert Reviews22 hours ago

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Why Armenia Needs To Pull-Out From Occupied-Regions Of Azerbaijan: OPED

The Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper-Karabakh conflict was sparked with the open territorial claims of Armenians to Azerbaijan's historical lands, as well as ethnic provocations in...

AMCA-DRDO AMCA-DRDO
Featured23 hours ago

Indian 5th-Gen Aircraft To Be Fast-Tracked As DRDO, French Tech Giant Safran Set To Join Hands

As India looks to build its future fifth-generation fighter within its national boundaries, the country’s Defence Research and Development Organisation...

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Europe23 hours ago

4.5 Gen Rafale Fighter Jets Find A Freakish Challenger In Ageing Italian AV-8B Harriers

With Greece set to receive its Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France, Turkey has also been beefing up its defence...

Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem Capital-of-Israel-Jerusalem
Featured1 day ago

How Sworn Enemies Pakistan & Israel Are Supporting Azerbaijan While Armenia Gets Russian & Indian Backing?

The tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia are at its peak with deadly attacks that shook the Armenian-controlled Karabakh in the...

F-35-INDIA F-35-INDIA
Americas2 days ago

Not F-35 Jets or F-22 Raptors, This Is The World’s 1st Stealth Aircraft & Still The Fastest Ever

The United States along with Russia are front-runners when it comes to devising modern technology and blending it with state-of-the-art...

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Asia Pacific2 days ago

China Could Soon Deploy ‘Unmanned Helicopters’ In Ladakh As Tensions Mount With India

With the diplomatic and military talks in progress between the high ranking officials of New Delhi and Beijing, Indian and...

Advertisement