Sikka, whose book Calling Sehmat inspired Raazi, looks back at decade- long journey of the script that travelled from SRK to Akki and finally, Alia BhattAlia Bhatt and Akshay Kumar A quick Google search will tell you that Calling Sehmat, the source material of Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi, is available for pre-order now. The book was taken off shelves a few years after it released in 2008, at the behest of writer Harinder Sikka, who felt that his story was meant for a big screen experience. “I bought the rights back from the publisher and reworked the narrative and grammar. Now, the book is being republished by Penguin,” says Sikka of his creation, that took him eight years and two trips to Pakistan. “This was no easy feat. I could have been in jail had I been caught. This is a story that must be told. Kashmiris aren’t terrorists as how the world perceives them because of a few misguided people. They are loving and warm; the kind who will go hungry to ensure there’s food on your plate,” he points out. A still from Raazi The book’s genesis can be traced back to 1999 when he was covering the… Read full this story
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