Storytelling is often a fine balance to strike, especially when it comes to war dramas based on true incidents. ‘Raazi’ was one such film based on an Indian spy who marries into a Pakistani family with the hopes of spying on the nation during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The film was based on the book by Harinder Sikka, titled ‘Calling Sehmat’, and the author has now come about to claim that a deleted scene from the film caused its loss of a National Award.
Harinder Sikka spoke to a leading tabloid and said that there was a scene in the film with Sehmat saluting the Indian national flag. He feels that had the scene with Sehmat saluting the tricolor not been deleted from the film, Raazi could have won a National Award. Sikka said-
In the book, the story ends with Sehmat saluting the tricolour. If the film had the same ending, the film would have won the National Award. I told the director that you have stopped the film from getting National Award by cutting the tricolour scene in the film. Though this was done by the wishes of the filmmakers, but I still have a resentment over it.
Raazi was nominated for the Best Film category in the National Award in 2019, but had lost to Vicky Kaushal’s Uri.