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Movie Review: Romeo Akbar Walter – John Abraham And Sikander Kher Try Hard

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The year is 1971, Romeo Akbar Walter is all about Romeo Ali (John Abraham) who works in India in a bank and stays with his mother Waheeda (Alka Amin).

Romeo meets RAW chief Shrikant Rai (Jackie Shroff) and his men give him a crash course in espionage. He is then packed off to Pakistan, which is preparing for a war against India. Romeo lands in enemy territory and immediately finds favour with Isaq Afridi (Anil George), an arms dealer who has close ties with the Pakistani army and is very close to General Zorawar (Purnendu Bhattacharya).

We also get to meet Colonel Khan (Sikandar Kher), a tough ISI operative office of the Pakistani army, who plots to catch the enemy unawares with the bombing of a part of East Pakistan.

Now in all of this walks in Parul / Shraddha Sharma (Mouni Roy) and there is a forced romantic track between Paul / Shraddha Sharma and Romeo Ali which seems forced. The sad part about Parul’s track is that it just vanishes and one does not get to know what happened to Parul / Shraddha Sharma later on.

Anyways, moving on, as the film progress, Romeo stumbles upon the fact that the Pakistani forces are planning an air strike in Badlipur area of the then East Pakistan. This part of Pakistan is getting rebellious and wants independence. The rebels meanwhile are being trained by Indian forces and a lot of them are stationed at Badlipur, where the Pakistanis plan to drop bombs. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

While on one hand, the story is gripping, both Robbie Grewal and Rahul Sen Gupta’s screenplay falls flat. The film looks incoherent and is flawed all across. It seems that the director Robbie Grewal re-wrote the film on the edit table.

Off the cast, John Abraham and Sikander Kher are very impressive. Both the boys try and do all that they can do to do full justice to their parts, but sadly they are saddled with a lame script.

All in all, Romeo Akbar Walter is a huge disappointment as the film starts on the promising note but then refuses to take off. Avoid this one and if you are so keen to watch a spy thriller, then watch Raazi instead.

Rating: One And A Half Stars

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