Romeo Akbar Walter (2019)

Our Hero. Their Spy.

Romeo Akbar Walter is an espionage action thriller film written and directed by Robbie Grewal.

The film sets in 1971, when India was on the verge of a war with Pakistan. The film centers around Romeo Ali (John Abraham), an Indian banker, with patriotic family background, get recruited as an undercover agent by RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) for a top-secret operation inside Pakistan.

The story of the film is pretty straight-forward and predictable. This film sets at the same time in which the events of the film Raazi (2018) took place. Even this film has a similar story, characters, and situations as that of Raazi, but unfortunately not that intriguing. All the character performances in the film are worth appreciating. The film is all about John’s character and he justifies it by giving an intense performance. Besides John, the character played by Jackie Shroff as Shrikant Rai, the head of RAW, is also excellent.

The first half of the film feels a very slow burning and lazy, in the second half, the things start moving with some pace and maintains the same towards the end, but even climax doesn’t make an impact which it should have actually made. The film is an interesting attempt to make a drama-driven espionage film by breaking the stereotypes of action-packed film, but it lacks the grip it needed the most. The film has its own moments and patriotic feel to keep the audience engaged, but dull storytelling, an unnecessary romantic aspect & music tracks make it an average film.

Verdict : A patriotic film should make us feel proud and it surely does the same, but only when you endure its slow pace. A one time watch film.

Rating : 3.3/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHjC8VdzCM

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Raazi (2018) – Movie Review

A Daughter.. A Wife.. A Spy..

Raazi is a spy thriller film directed by Meghna Gulzar who is known for her impactful work on film Talvar (2015). The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which is inspired by real events.

The film sets during the era of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. When espionage became the prominent weapon to gather intelligence and to get an upper hand over the critical situations. Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor), an individual working for Indian Intelligence Agency, having good relations with Pakistani military officers, after learning about his cancerous medical situation, he asks his only daughter Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) to take his place in this war-like situation against Pakistan. Sehmat, having the same blood and equal sense of nationalism like her father and grandfather who worked to forward the independence of India, gets ready to take this job by getting married with Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), a younger son of Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma) of the Pakistani military. Rest of the film follows the incredible and dangerous journey of Sehmat and how she transforms herself from a vulnerable and sensitive girl into a strong person.

The plot of the film pretty simplistic, but the drama and the series of thrilling events actually make the film gripping. Even if the audience know that where the film is going, but the strong and compelling characters make the audience root for them. The performances by every individual are fantastic. In particular, after her notable work in Highway (2014) and Udta Punjab (2016), on the same line, in this film also Alia has given an outstanding performance, she has just ruled the whole film. Also, Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir has given full justice to his role. Soundtracks by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the film are well placed and lifts the overall drama of the film by spreading the wave of patriotism in the whole movie theatre. Mainly, the film talks about bravery and sacrifice of those unsung heroes (field agents) who risks their lives to serve the nation and get never celebrated for their work.

Verdict : A must watch gripping drama about unsung heroes of our nation.

Rating : 3.9/5