Romeo Akbar Walter Review: Slow First Half Spoils this John Starrer Espionage Thriller



John Abraham has shown a great transformation in the past a couple of years and his films like Madras Café and Parmanu as an actor and Vicky Donor as a producer are considered the diamonds in his crown. He is making the right choices in picking up films and with today’s release he has again come up with yet another thriller so, let’s dig out in our Romeo Akbar Walter review whether he has hit the bull’s yet again or his attempt ends in smoke.


John once again plays a freedom fighter in RAW, which is set in the backdrop of 1971 when the tension between India-Pakistan rises due to the separation of East Pakistan as Bangladesh. John camouflages three characters (Romeo, Akbar, and Walter) and spies in the enemy country and shares the information with Indian secret service agencies for the good of his motherland. But things take the unexpected turn and he has his life at stake when his identity is revealed. What happens the next forms the crux of the film.

Screenplay and Dialogues

Penned by the trio Robbie Grewal, Ishraq Eba and Shreyansh Pandey, the sluggish first half arises one of the biggest disappointment. The drama could have been tighter with a little more awe-striking moments to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Dialogues by Robbie Grewal and additional dialogues by Ishraq Shah are impactful, but had they kept their frequency a little more, it would have been an quirky addition to the entire set up.


Robbie Grewal’s direction picks up pace after the sloppy first half. Not his direction, his loosely crafted script is more responsible for not holding the audience and their interest, especially in the first 30-40 minutes. The unnecessarily stretched narration at some instances could have also be skipped easily. However, the crispy later half compensates for the earlier cracks.


John Abraham nails as a spy and will be remembered for long no matter the film works or not at the box office. He has been able to convey much through his facial expression and that’s a win for him as an actor. Jackie Shroff had already done a similar role in Paltan and he hardly came out of it. Mouni Roy plays the bimbo well and does well in a couple of songs for what she had been included. Special mention is Sikander Kher whose performance surfaces as a BIG surprise and you simply applaud his performance with a sheer delight.  


RAW’s music has nothing great to offer and all tracks are kept just to take the drama forward, but they go with the mood of the storyline well. However, such patriotic film needs a couple of numbers that fill the souls sitting in the theater with pride and that is where RAW misses its grip. Had one or two songs been included, it would have shot its numbers quite up.

Why Should You Watch?

If you can bear it for 30 minutes, the upcoming 2 hours can be entertaining and Paisa Vasool. And yes, it’s quite different than RAAZI.

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