Bollywood film maker and daughter of veteran lyricist-poet Gulzar, Meghna said that Alia was her first and perfect choice for the role of Sehmat Kaur.
“Alia performed quite challenging scenes in the movie. She would be trembling before you say action but the moment camera rolls, you see the performer in her taking over everything. She has raised the bar in acting for herself, ” Meghna said in an interaction with media. “I could not see anyone else play this part. If she (Alia) had not done the film, I don’t think I would have made it. Alia’s vulnerability, fragility fitted the character which I imagined. I am grateful for the belief she had put into the character and brought it to life.”
This movie is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat, who, upon her father’s order married into a Pakistani family of military officials to relay information to India, prior to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
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17 November, 2019