She gave up her son because she was carrying the guilt of being a murderer, of killing other’s children. [10], A Hindi version of the book was published on 23 Aug 2019.[11]. It took Sikka approximately 8 years to fictionalize the story and arrange it into a cohesive narrative. Abhinav never married and did not even change Samar’s religion and gave him the surname ‘Khan’, that of his biological parents. According to Sikka, despite being an ex-soldier himself, he feels proud to admit that he learned the real meaning of patriotism from her story. tip: "uchiha sasuke/uzumaki naruto" angst kudos>10. The book like the movie does not disappoint. Samar was Iqbal's splitting image. Remembering Sehmat will bring out more of what Sehmat did in Pakistan to extract information for India, how she made her place in the family of Pakistani General Sheikh Sayeed and her life after that, in India, her relationships and more. This tag has not been marked common and can't be filtered on (yet). When humanity does injustice, the Almighty compensates manifold but in its own selected time.” Sikka recalls seeing symbols of Allah, Ganesha, Jesus, Krishna and Guru Nanak in Sehmat’s home. There is so little that we know and do sitting in the comforts of our drawing room, with all our armchair activism. Sikka wishes that Sehmat’s homecoming scenes in the film could have been depicted by Gulzar as they were mentioned in his book. The Novel Converted Into A Movie Spy Thriller- Raazi. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh wanted to meet and honour her after reading Sikka’s book in 2008, but Sehmat refused. While we've done our best to make the core functionality of this site accessible without javascript, it will work better with it enabled. I wish this sequence was shown as it was ,” says Sikka. For the people of Malerkotla too, Sehmat had become a mother. As a part of her duties in Pakistan, she used to tutor General Yahya Khan's grandchildren. 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Let’s talk to our children about these Sehmats and their silent bravery. Before passing away in April this year, in her seventies, Sehmat knew of Raazi being made but had refused all honours. It is about the patriotic character of an Indian girl Sehmat Khan who borns to a Kashmiri Muslim … While there are those at the frontier and those like Sehmat who tread beyond to compromise their physical lives and moral beings just so that we are safe. RAAZI, Meghna Gulzar’s film starring Alia Bhatt opened a small window for the people to get a peep into the life of an unlikely superhero — Sehmat Khan, a young Kashmiri Muslim girl who takes on a spy mission in Pakistan, gets married to the son of a senior Pakistani army officer, kills people, gets pregnant, but saves India’s mighty aircraft carrier INS Vikrant and thousands of lives. It was a challenge to introduce her to the world and yet keep her anonymous. Ultimately, the Indian Navy soldiers get successful to save INS Vikrant. [6] Towards the end, Sehmat is discovered but manages to escape with the help of her handlers. We normally go to movies and say, “Oh, the book was better.”. So I sat up all night e-reading Harinder Sikka’s ‘Calling Sehmat’. According to Sikka, he stumbled upon the story during the Kargil conflict. There is so little that we know and do sitting in the comforts of our drawing room, with all our armchair activism. Samar was Iqbal's splitting image. In April 2008, Harinder’s debut novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ was published by Konark Publishers, and after ten years in May 2018, it was re-published by Penguin Random House, India. Written for the bollywood movie "Raazi". But with the support of Sehmat,  Indian intelligence gives an early warning of this plan of Pakistan to the Indian Navy. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. The Life of Sehmat Khan. Work Search: Written for the bollywood movie "Raazi". Sehmat’s father left for her many properties, but she donated these as she had travelled ahead of materialistic gains,” says Sikka. At this time, she is pregnant with her Pakistani officer husband’s child. “Due to security reasons, we cannot reveal her real name, that of her family and others who were a part of her life. Her child goes on to grow up and join the Indian Army as an officer himself.[7]. ( Log Out /  Sehmat Khan was an Indian-Kashmiri undercover agent who operated in Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. She looks towards her father who is still smiling, albeit sadly. She's claimed to have procured information which appeared to save an attack on the Indian warship INS Vikrant.But there was another, more tragic, consequence: The mission resulted in murders, including that of Sehmat's husband. The film was directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the banner of Dharma Productions. He fictionalized the name of the main character in order to keep her anonymous. “Sehmat was given a VIP welcome by the officials at Delhi airport. Thanks to Verity Grahams for beta-ing.Part 2 of Raazi AU Fics. “Do goliyoon ka istamal kar lo, Sehmat. He wishes to make his 20-year-old daughter Sehmat an agent and continue the family tradition of being in service to the country as a last wish before his impending death from lung cancer. Fill them with stories about pride for the motherland. That guy became a soldier himself. Indian Navy could not have know about PNS Ghazi. Abdul is dead but the piece of equipment in his hand is subject to speculation. As a part of his final wishes, her patriotic father convinces Sehmat to marry a Pakistani army officer, the son of his friend who is a high-ranking Pakistani army general himself. Author Harinder Sikka, whose ‘Calling Sehmat’ has been made into Alia Bhatt-starrer Raazi is set to reveal the identity of Sehmat. It starred Alia Bhatt in the role of Sehmat and Vicky Kaushal in that of her husband. So it was Sehmat who raised their son, Samar Syed and he became an Indian soldier and you can see hi. But, now, we have to present her as a role model for what she did for India,” says Sikka. There is no other way.”, Nishkarsh, meaning closure.This is the end. Her father, Hidayat Khan, used to raise a tricolour at his home in Kashmir and she did the same,” says Sikka, who is now penning the sequel, titled Remembering Sehmat. Hidayat Khan is the son of an Indian freedom fighter and agent posing as an informant for the Pakistani government. The story gives a glimpse of the warlike circumstances between India and Pakistan in 1971. [4] Sehmat is a young college-going girl when she learns of her freedom-fighter father's impending death from cancer. In 2018, Meghna Gulzar’s spy thriller ‘Raazi’ attracted the attention of its viewers due to its characters who are based on a real-life story.