Whether it is Madras Cafe or Parmanu, John Abraham has love for films that deal with national issues. Romeo Akbar Walter movie is an out-and-out espionage thriller. We had a great film in this genre last year with Raazi. However, this one is not as emotional as the Alia Bhatt-starrer.
Romeo Akbar Walter movie is an espionage thriller set in the period of 1971. Some reports said it was based on the life of RAW agent Ravindra Kaushik but the makers say it is for the unsung heroes who worked in isolation and anonymity for the nation.
The film is directed by Robbie Grewal and stars John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, Alka Amin and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles. Here is our review…
What is it about…
The year is 1971 and there is an uprising in East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh. They are revolting against the Pakistani Army for their oppressive rule.
India is on East Pakistan’s side. The Indian intelligence knows that Pakistan can strike anytime and wants as much information as it can get. They zero down on the son of a soldier Rahamatullah Ali (Romeo Ali) who is a bank employee and theatre enthusiast to act as an undercover agent.
The chief of RAW Srikanth (Jackie Shroff) sends him to Pakistan with a new passport and identity of Akbar Malik. Does he manage to pass on the relevant information to India and prevent mass casualties from the planned Pakistani airstrike on an Indian stronghold in Bangladesh? You have to watch the film for that…
What’s hot in Romeo Akbar Walter Movie
Romeo Akbar Walter movie is a script-driven film with a decent and gripping narrative. Robbie Grewal who has written the film seems to have put in immense research.
His efforts are visible in the details. The production designers of the film, Swapnil Bhalerao and Madhur Madhavan have done an admirable job. Kudos to the team for scouting down locations that have a vintage feel. John Abraham, Sikander Kher and Jackie Shroff stand out with their performances.
Mouni Roy’s character is a surprise but she has little screen time to register any great impact. The sound department has done a great job as well. We don’t want to give spoilers but the climax is quite good.
What’s not in Romeo Akbar Walter Movie
The film’s first half is quite slow. RAW could have done with a tighter editing. Also, the camera takes too many close-ups of the actors, which is repetitive after a point. The emotional scenes don’t create the necessary impact except the one at the climax.
Romeo Akbar Walter is a film made with a lot of attention to detail. It is not melodramatic nor is it remotely jingoistic. If you love the espionage genre, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t expect the high octane action you are accustomed to from Hollywood spy flicks. This one is more subtle and real.
3 out of 5