Starring John Abraham in the lead role, spy thriller Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) has hit theaters. Written and directed by Robbie Grewal, the film also stars Mouni Roy, Sikandar Kher and Jackie Shroff in significant roles.
Trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier predicted that RAW could earn Rs 6-6.5 crore on the day of its release. “John chooses his films very carefully because he doesn’t want to disappoint his fans. Whatever choices he has made, all have been good. With RAW too, whatever promotional material we have watched, is impressive.”
Romeo Akbar Walter is set in 1971 in the midst of the India-Pakistan war. It is said to be based on true events. John Abraham had earlier shared about the authenticity of facts in the film, “In the case of RAW, my director’s father worked in the military intelligence for four years. So the research and sources we got to go to, to back our information up, is validated. I am sure no one can turn around in our film and say, ‘this didn’t happen’. We are confident about our research and the information we are giving in our film.”
In an interview with PTI, he had shared that this film is about relationships, “It is important to make films entertaining and commercially viable. I am not making a film to educate people on 1971 War. I am making a film that speaks about human relationships. I want to move people emotionally in some way or the other and I want to make an edge-of-the-seat thriller.”
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Romeo Akbar Walter review
The John Abraham starrer suffers from its length, and the pall of dullness that hangs over the proceedings. A spy needs to be a patriot. That’s why he does what he does, knowing that he is ‘deniable’.
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'A Big Disappointment'
Journalist Siddharth Mathur tweeted, "Movie Review - #RAW. Final Rating ⭐. Story 2/5 , Screenplay 1/5 , Direction 1/5 , Acting 1/5 . Final Verdict - John Abraham starrer RAW is a Big Disappointment. Waste of Time !"
'Experience a good thriller'
@RahulVerma4860 wrote on Twitter, "@TheJohnAbraham 's choice of films in the form of #satyamevjayate , #Parmanu and now #RomeoAkbarWalter will soon bear fruits for him .If you really want to experience a good thriller then you must go for this one.All set for decent opening tomorrow with a robust jump onwards."
'Interesting stories don’t necessarily translate into interesting films'
Taran Adarsh gave the film one and a half stars."#OneWordReview…#RomeoAkbarWalter: DULL. Rating: ⭐½ Interesting stories don’t necessarily translate into interesting films... Half-baked writing + slow pacing play spoilsport... John, Jackie Shroff and Sikandar Kher excel... This thriller lacks thrill and grip. #RAWReview," he tweeted.
'Romeo Akbar Walter is that perfect thriller'
@s_h_i_k_h_a tweeted, "#RomeoAkbarWalter is that perfect thriller we all have been waiting to watch. The twists and turns make it a high paced spy drama. @TheJohnAbraham is EXCELLENT! Box office on 🔥."
'It is a boring movie'
@Saket20885068 tweeted, "#RomeoAkbarWalter It is a boring movie. Please avoid it. Everything in it is predictable. Worst movie of this year. John acting is OK type. Rating 1*/5."
'Romeo Akbar Walter is a well made spy thriller film'
@WhoKuldeepKumar shared his review for the film. "#RomeoAkbarWalter is a well made spy thriller film. Performance and Screenplay is Good. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ @TheJohnAbraham #RAW."
'One time watch'
@JagatJoon called RAW a 'one time watch'. He tweeted, "REVIEW: #JohnAbraham tried hard to make it a memorable performance but what doesn’t support it is the lazy writing & poor direction. Narrative is flawless but emotional connect was missing throughout. Not a bad film but not a great one either. One time watch.#RomeoAkbarWalter."
'Standout performance of Sikandar Kher in Romeo Akbar Walter'
Jyoti Kapur Das tweeted, "Standout performance of @sikandarkher in #RomeoAkbarWalter please preen proud parents @kirronkher and @AnupamPKher 👌👍."
Abhishek Bachchan cannot wait to see Romeo Akbar Walter
Abhishek Bachchan wrote, "So happy to see this post. Well done boyz @TheJohnAbraham @sikandarkher @bunty_walia Robbie. Can’t wait to see the film!! #RomeoAkbarWalter."
"The final scene of #RomeoAkbarWalter gave me goosebumps"
Murtaza Ali Khan tweeted, "The final scene of #RomeoAkbarWalter aka @RomeoAkbarWaltr gave me goosebumps just like the climax of #Dangal. #RAW a slow burning thriller and is one of the best spy films to have come out of India. @TheJohnAbraham yet again makes us clench our fists out of pride for our country."
'John Abraham is truly terrific'
Director Milap Zaveri shared on Twitter, "#RAW is a FAB testament to the patriotism of India’s unsung heroes portrayed by the HERO @TheJohnAbraham He is truly TERRIFIC and WINS your heart! ❤💪 @sikandarkher is super! @bindasbhidu is Fab! Great direction by Robbie Grewal! Congrats @ajay0701 @bunty_walia @AndhareAjit 👏👏"
'Brilliantly shot film'
Actor Harshvardhan Rane shared on Twitter, "Watched #RomeoAkbarWalter a brilliantly shot film that makes you want to hug everyone who dedicated their lives for our country ❤. @TheJohnAbraham Sir gives it all of his heart and soul. Congratulations #RobbyGrewal @vanessawalia1 @bunty_walia @ajay0701 #RAW TEAM 🇮🇳"
'Step-up for espionage genre'
"'#RAW ..relevant,visceral.gripping..it is a step-up for the espionage genre with John in full form'. 4 stars. @TheJohnAbraham," shares journalist Subhash K Jha on Twitter.
'The second half is outstanding'
Elli AvrRam shared on Twitter, "Just watched #RomeoAkbarWalter ! @TheJohnAbraham your performance was so raw😊👌🏼 Great story, beautifully shot, directed and performed by the entire cast👏🏼 the second half is outstanding! My best wishes @bindasbhidu @Roymouni @sikandarkher @ajay0701 @Viacom18Movies #robbygrewal"
'RAW is an intense film'
Arshad Warsi shared on Twitter, "Saw #RAW last night @TheJohnAbraham has portrayed a very complexed character with ease & subtlety. @sikandarkher was bang on, @bindasbhidu surprised me, he was brilliant. RAW is an intense film with a very smart screenplay, loved all the twists & reveals..."
'John Abraham is making some interesting choices'
Joginder Tuteja shared on Twitter, "#RomeoAkbarWalter - @TheJohnAbraham is making some interesting choices and they are paying off. @bindasbhidu has a very meaty role and he plays it to perfection. Director #RobbyGrewal comes up with an accomplished film that should be picked by urban audiences - Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2"
'RAW celebrates the idea of India'
"Just watched #RAW and I am having goosebumps. It celebrates the idea of India which is above religion or anything else. Writer director Robbie Grewal has made a gem of a film n John has delivered his career best performance. Jackie n Raghubir Yadav r excellent," Journalist Faridoon Shahryar said via Twitter.
'Romeo Akbar Walter is a very good film'
Shashank Khaitan wrote on Twitter, "@bunty_walia @TheJohnAbraham #RomeoAkbarWalter is a very good film. It showcases the life of a deep state agent with atmost sincerity.The clinical nature of their mission and lives is beautifully captured.The Director @robbiegrewal and DOP #TapanBasu have created a superb world."
'RAW made my heart swell with patriotic pride'
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi posted on Twitter, "#Raw #RomeoAkbarWalter made my heart swell with patriotic pride. A true story an important story superbly told. Every Indian must watch this - not only for cinema but to celebrate our real life bravehearts who gave us the India as we know it today 👌👌👍👍💕💕"