Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) starring John Abraham is out in the theatres and its receiving mixed reviews.
Romeo Akbar Walter takes of slowly, it requires you to be patient for most of the the first half. Once it picks up, it comes across as engaging and interesting spy drama. John Abraham, Sikander Kher and Jackie Shroff (plays RAW chief) give decent performances.
The movie fails to engage you for most of the part, barring the last 15-20 minutes. The climax of the movie is good, and something that most of you will not anticipate.
While the movie has its moments, its slow, a bit lengthy, and definitely not a Raazi. And you also get a feeling that the idea of this movie probably came after the makers watched Raazi.
Here are some more Critic reviews.
Review on Pinkvilla.
RAW could have had an interesting story line but Robbie Grewal’s overambitious route leads to the downfall of RAW. Patriotism is overused to compensate for what we will call bland storytelling.
Review on Times of India.
RAW isn’t jingoistic either, it’s a well-intended but drab drama that fails to hold your attention. RAW has its moments but is rough around the edges. The climax is audacious and you need to suspend your disbelief, if you plan to watch it.
Movie Name: Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)
Director: Robbie Grewal
Cast: John Abraham, Mouni Roy
RAW is set in 1971, when tensions between India and Pakistan were at an all time high with Bangladesh’s (then East Pakistan) Independence, in jeopardy. John is sent to Pakistan as a spy who provides valuable information to India.
The movie seems to be inpsired by RAW agent Ravindra Kaushik, who sacrificed his life for the country. Mr. Kaushik was allegedly an Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent who lived undercover in Pakistan before he was jailed and later on died in prison.