The original identity of the Kashmiri spy that Alia Bhatt plays in Raazi will never be revealed to anybody. The request to keep the identity a secret has come from no less than Farooq Abdullah who was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir during the period.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah has asked the author of Calling Sehmat, the book which inspired the Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi, to keep the identity of the Indian spy she plays a secret. The office of the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister confirmed to India Today that he wrote to Harinder Sikka, whose novel was published in 2008.
Farooq Abdullah was one of the dignitaries who released the book in 2008. Raazi is based on the story of a Kashmiri woman, whose real name is not Sehmat. She married into a Pakistani Army family to extract information ahead of the 1971 war. Before receiving Abdullah's brief missive, Sikka had hinted he was likely planning to release a photograph of her, after having kept her identity hidden for years. In his letter dated May 16, Abdullah reminded Sikka that a decade ago, the author had agreed to "guard identities, which was commendable."
"Please keep it that way," he wrote.
Sikka told India Today he would leave the decision to people who knew the former spy, who is no more. He said was "in touch" with "people close" to her. "Her son didn't raise an objection anymore to release photographs, but some close ones have," he said. "I have a meeting soon with them, and then I will leave [the] final decision to them," He told India Today.
Wouldn’t you love to know the real identity of Sehmat?