The trailer of Ali Bhatt’s much-awaited ‘Raazi’ was recently released and the actor looks every bit impressive with her acting prowess. Alia is one actor, who’s clearly positioned herself as the most sought-after Bollywood actor in such a short time.
The story of ‘Raazi’ revolves around an Indian girl, who marries a Pakistani man amidst prevailing tension between the two neighbouring countries. Alia’s character is married to a Pakistani man in order to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of India in Pakistan. This kickstarts Alia’s new journey as an Indian spy, who’s married to a Pakistani soldier.
However, Twitter was abuzz with speculations that the story of ‘Raazi’ was in fact based on Sania Mirza, who too is married to a Pakistani national and cricketer Shoaib Malik. Twitter handle Bollywood Gandu, which is a verified account and has over three million followers, tweeted, “Alia’s Bhatt’s “Raazi” is a story of an Indian girl who gets married to a Pakistani man but she still works for India. Basically, this movie is a biopic of Sania Mirza. #RaaziTrailer.”
Alia’s Bhatt’s “Raazi” is a story of an Indian girl who gets married to a Pakistani man but she still works for India. Basically, this movie is a biopic of Sania Mirza. #RaaziTrailer
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 10, 2018
Sania was quick to rubbish the claims with a short reply, “Ummm.. I think not.”
Ummm.. I think not 🙄 https://t.co/6gSfMHTHVd
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 10, 2018
The person running Twitter account ‘Bollywood Gandu’ was heavily trolled for posting what was an essentially a silly tweet, bereft of simple fact. Neither is Alia’s character in ‘Raazi’ a tennis player nor is her husband a Pakistani cricketer. This is a movie about an Indian woman marrying a Pakistani soldier with an intention to spy for India.
Dharma Productions, the makers of this movie, wrote, “Raazi is based on a true story of a young girl, who was sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan. It is the journey of an ordinary Indian girl, in extraordinary circumstances.”
‘Raazi’ is believed to be an adaptation of Harinder S Sikka’s book titled ‘Calling Sehmat’. Here’s how Twitter users reacted;
Nam me bollywood kyo chahiye, sirf “Gandu” Rakh do.
— Digamber 💙 💎 (@Digamber) April 11, 2018
Alia bhatt’s character is a spy who is dodging her husband sania g is not betraying her husband for sure she is great example of a woman who is loyal to her husband and her country India @MirzaSania
— Maham Khan (@mahamjamilkhan) April 10, 2018
Your tweet may generate “Fake News” & cause distress to @MirzaSania
Request you to delete the same.
— Sarah Deo (@SarahTitus0306) April 10, 2018
Why r u spreading nonsense..alia is not playing tennis in movie & sania mirza isnt a spy.. watch ur words before u tweet
— Juhi Soni (@juhisoni4) April 10, 2018
It’s not clear whether the tweet was a piece of satire but, as some social media users stated correctly, the tweet by Bollywood Gandu has the potential to cause plenty of grief for Sania as the perpetrators of Fake News in India could use this in future to target the tennis star.
The film is set to be released on 11 May.