Not just Alia, even Amruta Khanvilkar impresses Meghna Gulzar with her Urdu efficiency in Raazi


Amruta Khanvilkar is all set for her upcoming Bollywood next. The actress who will feature in Meghna Gulzar directorial 'Raazi' will also star Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal and will be produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. Amruta will be seen essaying the role of Munira, a housewife, from the Pakistani Royal family.

The character, being a person belonging to the Muslim family, Amruta obviously had to converse in Urdu. She was a part of critically acclaimed Marathi Movie, ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’, in which she portrayed a Muslim character that earned her rave reviews. Amruta, on her own, took efforts to learn Urdu for ‘Raazi’, as she had to have that perfect accent.

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Amruta said, "Urdu here was much harder as compared to ‘Katyar...’ I was well prepared, as I had to speak Urdu in front of the legendary Gulzar Sahab’s daughter. Seeing me study my character thoroughly and going prepared on the sets, Meghana Ma’am was quiet impressed”

She further adds, "Though being a Maharashtrian, I didn’t have the typical Marathi touch while conversing in Urdu and when I went for the auditions, Meghanaji really liked the fluency, and accent as there was no Marathi tone to it and eventually I signed the movie. I even did toughest of Urdu-speaking scenes with ease and Meghanaji was kind enough to appreciate and encouraged me at every step. It’s a proud  moment for me(smiles)”

Harinder Sikka’s book Calling Sehmat is a fictionalized by Meghna Gulzar for this drama which tells a tale of an Indian woman Sehmat essayed by Alia Bhatt who marries a Pakistani man to spy for India at the onset of Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. The movie will hit the silver screen the 11th of May, 2018.