She's claimed to have procured information which appeared to save an attack on the Indian warship INS Vikrant. Abhinav never married and did not even change Samar’s religion and gave him the surname ‘Khan’, that of his biological parents. During an interview with The Hindu, Harinder Sikka explained how he unearthed the story of Sehmat. The story is set in India and Pakistan of 1971 and revolves around Sehmat Khan who is born to a Kashmiri Muslim father and a Hindu mother. Suffering from cancer, her Indian freedom fighter father convinces her to get married to his Pakistani army general friend’s son who is also an army officer in Pakistan. But there was another, more tragic, consequence: The mission resulted in murders, including that of Sehmat's husband. Hidayat enjoyed goodwill across communities and beyond borders. He was sceptical of the patriotism of the people towards the country but after he came across Sehmat, a normal Indian who risked her life to provide Indian army with classified information, his belief was completely turned over. But she manages to escape from the Pakistani army and returns to India. At this time, she is pregnant with her Pakistani officer husband’s child. But there was another, more tragic, consequence: The mission resulted in murders, including that of Sehmat's husband. Let’s have a look at the real-life story of Sehmat Khan. The former Lietenant Commander of Indian Navy published the book in 2008 about a Kashmiri woman was married off to a Pakistani officer to draw information about the rival countries war strategy. , They are able to provide an early warning to the Indian Navy which proves vital towards India's war effort. Before marriage, she gets spy training through the Indian intelligence organization ‘RAW.’ After marriage, Sehmat wins the confidence of her family as well as relatives, and gradually, starts sending secret information to the Intelligence Bureau of India. It is about the patriotic character of an Indian girl Sehmat Khan who borns to a Kashmiri Muslim … The fact is, [it's] only a matter of time before someone opens her identity.". The Novel Converted Into A Movie Spy Thriller- Raazi. She delivered classified information back to India during the Indo-Pakistan war. Working as an Indian undercover spy in Pakistan, one of the most significant pieces of information shared by Sehmat was Pakistan’s plan to sink INS Viraat (now decommissioned). "But he went to her. Sehmat was extremely proud of the fact that her son was serving the motherland now. The story gives a glimpse of the warlike circumstances between India and Pakistan in 1971. The intention was to ensure a smooth flow of information ahead of an impending war and alert about possible threats. Ever since the movie Raazi released, everyone wants to know who she was. It was there, during one such discussion, that he met an army officer who told him that not everyone is the same. The story gives a glimpse of the warlike circumstances between India and Pakistan in 1971. he asks. Sehmat was the daughter of a Kashmiri Muslim businessman and married a Pakistani Army officer to provide India with classified information during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. So that she works as a spy, and provides the secret information of Pakistan’s army to India. It's the tale of Sehmat's first flame, a "tall, young, athletic" young man she knew during her time at Delhi University - Abhinav. While in Pakistan, Sehmat also used to tutor General Yahya Khan’s grandchildren. Ground report: Farmers, workers cry government's apathy in Bihar's Motipur, Covid-19 fatality rates have reduced in Delhi: Satyendra Jain, Copyright © 2020 Living Media India Limited. He didn’t reveal her identity for the purpose of her security and replaced her name with ‘Sehmat Khan.’. It was her father who pushed Sehmat to do such a dangerous thing. The Life of Sehmat Khan. During this time, she also works as a teacher to teach General Yahya Khan’s grandchildren there. Should we brace for another coronavirus wave?  Towards the end, Sehmat is discovered but manages to escape with the help of her handlers. Ultimately, the Indian Navy soldiers get successful to save INS Vikrant. His intention is to place Sehmat as an undercover operative within the Pakistani army household. The director of the movie is Meghna Gulzar and producers are Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. Abhinav has refused to let him to that, and he's not alone. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. “It was important to fictionalise it as it would have been dangerous for her family,” Sikka says. In 2018, the novel converted into a Hindi language spy thriller movie ‘Raazi,’ starring Alia Bhatt as Sehmat and Vicky Kaushal as her husband. Later, Sehmat’s spy role and real purpose are discovered by the Pakistani agents. Before Raazi hits the silverscreen, let’s do some homework. The writer says he would have wanted to ask the father as to what prompted him to send his only child on a dangerous assignment that is usually the job of a trained agent. Sehmat used to tutor General Yahya Khan’s grandchildren. Sehmat’s information was a turning point of Indo-Pakistan war. 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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. Author Harinder Sikka speaks about Sehmat Khan, the protagonist of his novel, Calling Sehmat, which is based on true life events of a Kashmiri Indian girl who was sent to Pakistan as a spy. Report a problem? Despite the arguments against Sikka's wish to reveal Sehmat's identity, the author has his reasons for wanting to do so. Happy Birthday Tabu: Do you know the actress was 10 years old when she made her screen appearance? All the information she passed on from there matched with the Indian intelligence report here,” he adds. "Why should our brave agents die unsung and unknown? It took Sikka 8 years to fictionalise her story. She is a hero. Harinder Sikka, himself a former naval officer, tracked down Sehmat when her son revealed her existence. True story of Sehmat, the Indian spy who inspired Alia Bhatt’s Raazi. Despite being an ex-soldier myself, I feel proud to admit that I learnt the real meaning of patriotism from her story.” She was meant to be just a facilitator for the Indian Intelligence, but she went far ahead of it, he states. He acquired the story from an Indian army officer who told him of how his mother, a Kashmiri Muslim, had married a Pakistani Army officer to provide India with classified information during the 1971 war. She had a reason not to return to [her] earlier life. “It was important to fictionalise it as it would have been dangerous for her family,” Sikka says. 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