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Romeo Akbar Walter Review

Banner Name: Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Kyta Productions
Producer: Vanessa Walia, Ajay Kapoor, Gary Grewal, Vivek Bhatnagar, Dheeraj Wadhawan
Director: Robby Grewal
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Certified Type:  U / A
Music Director: Ankit Tiwari, Shabbir Ahmed, Amar Mohile, Sohail Sen, Hanif Shaikh, Raaj Aashoo
Editor: Nilesh Girdhar
Language: Hindi
Story Writer: Robbie Grewal, Ishraq Eba, Shreyansh Pandey
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Tapan Tushar Basu
Story Details

Romeo (John Abraham), a bank cashier is recruited by India’s foreign intelligence agency — the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). They believe he’s a master of disguise and can operate as Akbar, India’s undercover agent in Pok (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) during the events leading up to the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Can he pull it off?


Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) takes patriotism way back to 1971, to the times of Indira Gandhi, of all the prime ministers. At its core is a spy, who is only Hindustani, not a Muslim or a Hindu. Rehmatullah Ali aka Romeo (John Abraham) is the sort who would put nation before self, would sacrifice his present for the country’s future, would even go so far as to erase his identity for India and would choose the motherland over his mother (Alka Amin).

Beyond this RAW is a Baby (the Neeraj Pandey one) set in Raazi’s Pakistan against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Only “Baby” gets rechristened as “Joker” here. It’s all about the brave Indian undercover agents on unofficial missions to Pakistan. They quietly (and oh-so-easily) infiltrate the border to regularly transmit significant information to the Indian officialdom. The agents risk everything despite knowing that they’d go unacknowledged and unsung, as and when their cover is blown and they turn into a liability. The master manager of the operations is the chief of operations, Srikant Rai (Jackie Shroff).


Trying to find too much logic here is totally futile. Fashioned along the lines of the childish, old-fashioned B-grade Bollywood-Hollywood thrillers, RAW is all about the hidden transmitters and surveillance rooms and gratuitous third-degree torture in ISI detention centres, laughable polygraph tests and sundry similar procedurals and investigations. There are the usual chases, disguises that often have all to do with bad hairpieces and flared trousers, easy identity swapping and a doomed romance needlessly shoved in. Indians appear to be the only intelligent beings around and Pakistanis are corruptible and utterly naive, if not entirely idiotic.

Others Comment:
The script might have looked interesting on paper with its share of dramatic twists. However, flawed execution, lacklustre storytelling, languid pace and far-fetched writing, makes this one a tad hard to embrace. You appreciate the no-nonsense narrative but it struggles to keep you engaged. John Abraham, Sikander Kher and Jackie Shroff (who plays the head of RAW) give decent performances. Jackie’s sense of style stands out as always.
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Technical Department

Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 8
Music Director 8

Technical Department

Story Department 8
Choreography 7
Cinematography 8
Graphics 7
Field Publicity 7
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