Sidharth Malhotra responds to Mission Majnu’s comparison with Alia Bhatt’s Raazi| Bollywood

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Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna discussed their film Mission Majnu in a new interview. The film stars Sidharth as Tariq, an Indian spy in Pakistan, and Rashmika as Nasreen, a Pakistani. Sidharth also spoke about their film’s comparison to Ali Bhatt‘s Raazi (2018), and if their film perpetuates the stereotypes of Pakistanis in Hindi films. Mission Majnu was released on Netflix on January 20. Read also: Mission Majnu movie review

Mission Majnu, set in the 1970s, is “inspired by real events,” according to the makers. It shows Sidharth Malhotra as a RAW agent, tasked with completing India’s ‘deadliest covert operation’ in Pakistan. After the movie’s trailer was released earlier this year, some of the people drew the comparison to Raazi. Set in 1971, the Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer was based on the life of a 20-year-old Kashmiri spy named Sehmat, who married a Pakistani army officer (Vicky) to pass on whatever information she could to the Indian Army.

In a new interview, Sidharth addressed the comparison between Mission Majnu and Raazi. “It’s never a bad thing when people try to find a point of reference for a movie. It (Raazi) is a good movie. It doesn’t feel like it (the comparison) is all that alarming. Yes, the outer edge elements that see the trailer may look the same. It’s in the same decade (70’s), has similar elements, but I think the experience is completely different. It’s only fair to talk to people after January 20 (the release date of Mission Majnu), once they see the movie… I think it’s fair (the comparison), and we’ll have a better conversation when the movie is out and we could discuss it. Comparison with a good movie is always welcome, it’s not a bad thing at all,” Sidharth Malhotra told Film Companion.

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When asked if his character in the film helps to perpetuate stereotypes of Pakistanis in Hindi films, the actor said: “We made a conscious effort in writing that it will never concern any particular community. I recently made a film made with the title Shershaah, which is based on India and Pakistan, and the battle we fought, which was documented. Once you saw the film, we never really focused consciously, apart from maybe four scenes on the other side (Pakistan), it was purely about this side (India) and the journey of this man, (Army Captain) Captain Vikram Batra who sacrificed his life. So there’s the same conscious effort (with Mission Majnu), there’s no personal animosity with anyone, these are just documented historical points, which we’re never going to get full facts about, so that may require you to kill certain characters in x amount of time . And the shots they refer to (from the trailer) are meant as an irony in the film. So I think it will be a fair dialogue if everyone sees the movie… it’s never about a community or a dig that’s different from the movie… a religion or a community is never an issue in the movie.”

Mission Majnu is directed by Shantanu Bagchi and co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Amar Butala and Garima Mehta. Sidharth had previously shared a glimpse of his appearance in Mission Majnu. “Ek jaanbaaz agent ki ansuni kahaani (the unsung story of a daring cop),” he captioned one poster in December 2022, while for another he had written, “Kya aap iss Majnu se milne ke liye taiyaar hain (are you ready to meet this Majnu)?”

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