MUMBAI—In recent times, Indian cinema has witnessed a radical change, bravely essaying delicate topics. Zee Studios International’s “Raazi,” co-produced by Junglee Pictures, has opened to a great response in domestic as well as international markets. With Indian cinema reaching new heights internationally, the period thriller has released in 450 screens across 42 countries. Zee Studios International is one of the top distributors of Hindi films in overseas markets.
On exploring such a massive range, Vibha Chopra, Head, Zee Studios International (Film Marketing, Distribution and Acquisition), says “Films are purely driven by content. This film highlights emotions, situations and passions so beautifully that one believes everything the actors are going through. Bringing this brilliance forward to maximum people is what we wanted to do. “Raazi” is a real story of a girl who has been through this, Experiences are something that should be told, and the genius of our cinema should be spoken about globally.”
Raazi is directed by Meghna Gulzar, starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles. The story revolves around an Indian spy married to a Pakistani during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
On home ground, “Raazi” kicked off its first week on a strong note. It earned Rs. 7.53 crore on opening day and this increased by almost 50 percent to bring in a second-day collection of Rs 11.30 crore. Crossing all expectations, the film has found pan-India acceptance, a rarity these days. With Sunday netting Rs. 14.11 cr, it had a strong Monday with Rs. 6.30 cr. and will near or cross the Rs. 45 crore mark by Tuesday.
This makes Alia Bhatt the biggest draw among female lead artistes in films without heroes, way ahead of Priyanka Chopra (“Mary Kom”), Anushka Sharma (in her home production trilogy of flops “NH 10,” “Phillauri” and “Pari”) and Kangana Ranaut (“Queen”).
Already way ahead of contemporaries Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Kriti Sanon, Bhatt is now in the big league, and the three films that will gaining from this will be Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy,” Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra” and Abhishek Verman’s “Kalank.”
(Successes in CAPITALS, Hits and Super-Hits in BOLD font, *: Critical appreciation )
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania
2016 Dear Zindagi*
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Cameo)
2016 Udta Punjab*
2016 KAPOOR & SONS
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
2014 2 States
2013 Ugly (Cameo)
2012 STUDENT OF THE YEAR
1999 Sangharsh (Child Artiste)