Romeo Akhbar Walter: shows how a movie will falter if there is a gap between talented casting and a gripping story
Bollywood has showcased many a films of our gallant soldiers and defence forces since forever. However besides the heroes fighting for us on the front, some have been fighting the enemies silently within their territory. The unsung heroes whose stories often go unheard of. The spies who operate from behind the enemy lines risking their lives for national security. Needless to say we were quite excited about Robby Grewal’s Romeo Akbar Walter. Alas! We were left disappointed. Here’s our analogue on RAW.
What’s it about?- Set during the 1970s, RAW is a story of a banker-cum-theatre artist Romeo Ali, who has been picked up by R&AW – the Research and Analysis Wing, the country’s external intelligence agency – for a mission. He is trained in combat, shooting and for reading between the lines, under the able leadership of Shrikant Rai, played by Jackie Shroff. Within days, Romeo, now called Akbar Malik, is sent off to Pakistan, to find out details about the neighbouring country’s preparedness for war. Akbar gets his hands on secret documents and passes it onto his superiors. However, he gets caught by a Pakistan officer Khudabaksh Khan (Sikander Kher). Would survival lead him up to being a double agent, go rogue or perhaps move on? What choice does he have and what choice does he make?
What worked?- Movies dealing with patriotism have done well in the past and so, filmmakers rarely shy away from making films on it. And when you have an actor like John Abraham, who has made a name for himself in this genre with films like MADRAS CAFE producers are willing to take the risk. The star power is the only way this film can make some money. John has done everything within his capability to play a character he himself can’t seem to relate to. Jackie Shroff is worth praising for his role as the Raw head. However, the lack of character development leads the actor’s efforts fall flat. A surprise package here is Sikander Kher who has been absolutely amazing playing the role of the ruthless Pakistani officer.
What didn’t work?- The filmmakers concentrated only on using good actors and a sense of patriotism in order to get the film to work. Sadly they missed other more important factors like a gripping story and relatable characters. These are the two main reasons of the film’s inability to make its mark. John’s love interest, Mouni Roy hardly has a role. She just serves as an eye candy. The movie on the whole doesn’t have much to express.
Final Verdict- All in all, the film is an example of Bollywood’s another shameless attempt to bank on the on going nationalism trend and fails to deliver that old edge-of-the-seat thrill and excitement. Here we are with 1.5 out of 5 for RAW. It’s just not worth it guys!
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