Romeo Akbar Walter

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Romeo Akbar Walter
Romeo Akbar Walter poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobbie Grewal
Produced by
  • Dheeraj Wadhawan
  • Ajay Kapoor
  • Vanessa Walia
  • Gary Grewal
  • Ajit Andhare
Written by
Starring
Music bySongs:
Ankit Tiwari
Sohail Sen
Shabbir Ahmed
Raaj Aashoo
Score:
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Amar Mohile
Hitesh Sonik
Rochak Kohli
Clinton Cerejo
CinematographyTapan Basu
Edited byHemal Kothari
Production
company
  • VA Film Company
  • Viacom18 Studios
  • Kyta Productions
  • Red Ice Productions
Distributed byPanorama Studios
Release date
  • 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Running time
139 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget35—48 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. 53.48 crore[4]

Romeo Akbar Walter is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film[5][6][7] written and directed by Robbie Grewal. It stars John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff[8] and Sikandar Kher.[9] Initially, Sushant Singh Rajput was to star in the film as the protagonist but opted out of it due to his prior commitments.[10][11] The narrative centers around a banker who is recruited as a spy for an undercover operation in Pakistan, where he faces both physical and emotional challenges.

The film was theatrically released on 5 April 2019. It has received mixed reviews with average ratings.[12]

Plot[edit]

In November 1971 at ISI detention cell, Karachi, RAW man is being given a 3rd degree torture. The movie then goes 9 months back.

In 1971, Shrikant Rai, the Chief of the RAW recruits Rehamatullah Ali a.k.a. Romeo, a banker, after he manages to foil a bank robbery staged by the RAW agents to test his skills for espionage in Pakistan. After training in combat and covert communication techniques, he departs to Pakistan.

In Pakistan, he becomes Akbar Malik and in his operations is helped by Mudassar, a Pakistani local helping RAW. Planned circumstances bring him closer to the target Isaq Afridi (Anil George), whose trust in him strengthens when Akbar not only assures him of his hatred towards India but also saves him from an attack conducted by the henchmen of Nawab Afridi. Akbar informs RAW about a planned attack on Badlipur that would claim innocent lives, both in India and East Pakistan. However, relations between Afridi and Akbar also intensify, due to which he refuses to betray him when Nawab approaches him with an offer to work for him. However, while leaving the rendezvous, Nawab forgets an envelope and asks Akbar to deliver it to the described room number. He is surprised to find his girlfriend Shraddha Sharma there and exclaims "You?" in disbelief. She gestures him to keep quiet and opens up a telephone receiver to show a spy transmitter inside it, proving that her room was being spied upon. She reveals that she too was working for the RAW and was sent there because Akbar wanted someone close to be sent for him.

In the meanwhile, Colonel Khan's suspicion grows on Akbar, whom he arrests and interrogates but is forced to free due to Akbar being Afridi's right hand. However, Akbar's cover soon gets blown, resulting in a chase between him and the colonel. Akbar manages to escape and arrives at home to find Mudassar telling him to escape. Akbar explains that there's no way to escape, due to which Mudassar agrees and goes to prepare tea for him. While waiting, Akbar suspects someone's presence. Hearing a gun clock, he takes out the gun given to him by Mudassar for emergencies, and shoots the person, only to realize it was no one else but Mudassar. Weeping but also remembering the latter's words warning him not to get entangled in relations, he escapes from the scene and the next day, disguised as an army captain, contacts Shrikant for help. The latter declines, telling him that he's not acting like an Indian anymore. In the meanwhile, Shraddha and some other RAW agents are arrested while one commits suicide. Akbar then meets the army officer who interrogated him and his senior, revealing the truth. He decides to conduct the attacks on Badlipur himself as a form of revenge on the RAW. Accompanied by colonel Khan to avoid any sort of double-crossing, Akbar shocks him by bombing the entire village in a series of explosions, thus confirming his loyalty to Pakistan.

As a result, the Indo-Pakistani War breaks out. Akbar, now a Pakistani officer called Walter Khan, meets Shrikant and Awasthi in Nepal after a few years. He departs after exchanging a few words and congratulating Awasthi for his impending promotion, leaving the latter surprised. Shrikant then reveals that Walter's still working undercover for India and how the latter's siding with Pakistan was all part of the plan. The bombing didn't cause any deaths as the villagers, warned about bad weather conditions, were moved out 24 hours before it took place. Shrikant also reveals Walter's loyalty towards work was the only reason he couldn't turn up even at his mother's funeral. The film ends with a shot of Walter saluting the Indian flag with tears in his eyes.

Cast[edit]

Marketing and release[edit]

The first look featuring Sushant Singh Rajput had also been released before he quit the film.[13] He was replaced by John Abraham.[14]

The film shot in Kashmir,[15] was initially scheduled to release on 15 March 2019 but then it was pushed back.[16][17] With its teaser released on the occasion of the Indian Republic Day,[18][19] it was scheduled to release worldwide on 12 April 2019 but later released on 5 April 2019.[20][21][22]

The official trailer of film was released on 4 March 2019.[23]

Home media[edit]

The film became available as VOD on Netflix on 30 June 2019.[24]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Going by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has scored 10% based on 43 reviews with an average rating of 2.63/10.[12] Renuka Vyavahare of Times Of India finds the climax of the film audacious and gives one and half stars out of five. She concludes, "RAW has its moments but is rough around the edges. The climax is audacious and you need to suspend your belief, if you plan to watch it."[25] "Overall, Romeo Akbar Walter is another interesting film from John Abraham. The movie has enough twists and turns to keep you intrigued and engaged. Go for it." says Gaurang Chauhan of Times Now and gives three stars out of five.[26] Sanyukta Thakare writing for The Free Press Journal rates the film with one and half stars out of five and says, "You would expect RAW to be an action-packed film as much as the trailer suggested, but the film is more of a drama web series that documents events one after the other, throwing in unnecessary emotional, romantic and climax more than it is required."[27] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare giving 3 stars out of 5 says, "Watching the film is like akin to reading a John le Carré novel. You have one set of mandarins squaring off against the other with pawns being sacrificed for future advantage."[28] Taran Adarsh gives 1.5 stars out of 5 says "Dull. 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."[29]

Box office[edit]

Romeo Akbar Walter collected ₹5 crore on its opening day pan India. Its opening weekend collection from the domestic market was ₹20.85 crore. Its domestic gross was 45.84 crore and overseas gross 7.64 crore. It grossed 53.48 crore worldwide.[4][30]

Soundtrack[edit]

Romeo Akbar Walter
Soundtrack album by
Released2 April 2019 [31]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length23:55
LanguageHindi
LabelTimes Music
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Ankit Tiwari chronology
Amavas
(2019)
Romeo Akbar Walter
(2019)
Batla House
(2019)
Sohail Sen chronology
Fraud Saiyaan
(2019)
Romeo Akbar Walter
(2019)
Housefull 4
(2019)
Raaj Aashoo chronology
Hum Chaar
(2019)
Romeo Akbar Walter
(2019)

The music of the film is composed by Ankit Tiwari, Sohail Sen, Shabbir Ahmed and Raaj Aashoo while the lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Murli Agarwal, Prince Dubey and Ashok Punjabi.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Vande Mataram"Shabbir AhmedShabbir AhmedSonu Nigam, Ekta Kapoor4:57
2."Bulleya"Ashok PunjabiSohail SenRabbi Shergill, Shahid Mallya4:25
3."Jee Len De"Murli AgarwalRaaj AashooMohit Chauhan4:37
4."Allah Hoo Allah"Shabbir AhmedShabbir AhmedSameer Khan, Maneesh Singh, Shreyas Puranik, Jay Mehta, Mayur Sakhare, Tejas Mahure6:37
5."Maa"Prince DubeyAnkit TiwariAnkit Tiwari3:19
Total length:23:55

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