Robbie Grewal’s RAW – Romeo, Akbar, Walter, an espionage drama, starring John Abraham is a painfully sluggish, wildly incompetent movie which will get step by step foolish.
Set in 1979, in months main as much as the liberation of Bangladesh, RAW chronicles the tale of Romeo, the son of a celebrated military guy, who works in a financial institution, however is recruited by means of RAW leader Srikant Rai (Jackie Shroff) for an ‘undercover’ project.
Romeo’s project? To infiltrate the operations of a Pakistani hands broker, who works intently with the ISI. Proper from the onset, issues continuously simply pan out for Abraham’s Romeo, who operates underneath the alias of Akbar Malik. Not one of the hindrances really feel in truth threatening and in contrast to Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, which had a equivalent premise, the strain by no means peaks and the payoffs are in most cases underwhelming.
In a movie a few secret agent operating for a countrywide company, the tactics utilized by the characters – corresponding to hiding messages in cigarette rolls and fruit peels – really feel juvenile, unintelligent, and additionally, simple. A peek behind-the-scenes of RAW must encourage uncooked intrigue and wild interest, however due to an unimpressive ensemble and lacklustre writing, none of that affect is accomplished.
Probably the most fascinating bit about RAW is the way it offers with the non secular identification of its protagonist – an Indian Muslim. Grewal consciously foregrounds his non secular identification, which, given the present nationalistic local weather in India, is a robust number of characterisation.
As Muslims in India get more and more attacked and cornered to turn out their ‘patriotism,’ to have a Muslim persona as an Indian intelligence secret agent operating in Pakistan, aids in registering a dissenting standpoint.
One of the most characters within the movie expresses worry a few ‘Muslim operating in a Muslim state’ is promptly close down by means of Shroff’s Srikant Rai.
Alternatively, regardless of a captivating premise, RAW is led down by means of deficient route which is easiest illustrated in the way in which the romantic observe between Abraham and Mouni Roy is care for – undercooked and needless.
The movie additionally has some laughably cheesy CGI, particularly the scene the place Abraham and one other persona drop bombs on an enemy goal.
Some of the forged, Sikander Kher and Anil Geroge stand out as Colonel Khan and Isaq Afridi, particularly Kher who could be very convincing as a skeptical army guy. John Abraham is terrible. He overplays the act of being unreadable to the purpose that he seems like a man studying strains of a teleprompter. His frame language is convincing however after all it will probably’t make amends for the loss of intensity in his efficiency.
Mouni Roy, who performs a diplomat/intelligence agent, is totally one-note in a task that doesn’t be offering her a lot to do as opposed to make frantic calls and glance tensed. Roy’s concept of showing worrying is to widen her eyes and make a face which looks as if she desires to yell at you for one thing that may be her fault. Jackie Shroff
There’s in reality no longer a lot to experience in RAW. With tighter enhancing and fast paced screenplay, the movie may just’ve became fascinating however by means of the tip, it joins an ever-growing listing of yet-another espionage mystery that makes use of manipulative tactics to foster the speculation of nation-loving.