John Abraham looks the part as the commoner who became a spy

The trailer for Romeo Akbar Walter is just as gripping and impressive as its teaser. While the teaser focussed on John Abraham’s character being a commoner, the trailer sheds more light on him being hired by the RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), to spy on Pakistan. Based on true events, the film is set in the period leading up to the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The war resulted in an Indian triumph in 13 days, which saw the birth of Bangladesh [earlier East Pakistan].

The beauty of the Romeo Akbar Walter trailer is that it never gives out the true identity of the agent, played by Abraham. He is a man with different faces. The clean-shaven look is reflective of the times when he led a normal life. Once in Pakistan, Abraham’s character naturally takes on a new identity, reflected by his bearded looks. The intrigue around the film is increased by the catch line of our hero, their spy.

RAW [Romeo Akbar Walter] has been touted as the story of a double agent. The fact that director Robbie Grewal, at the trailer launch, specified that this is a film to honour the unsung hero, makes you believe that eventually, the man serves his first master.

Grewal creates a gripping, crafty trailer that always leaves you speculating about who this man really is. In the early part of the trailer, we see a bloodied Abraham on the screen. This leads into his hiring by Jackie Shroff’s character, RAW officer. We see Abraham wearing a taweez [a locket usually containing verses from the Quran or other Islamic prayers]. The fact that his mother used tell don’t forget your old Ammi [mother] does strongly suggest that Abraham is a Muslim by religion. There is nothing in the trailer to suggest that Abraham’s character turns a double agent.

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Mouni Roy and Sikander Kher make a fleeting appearance.

Grewal keeps the element of suspense intact and therein lies in the appeal of Romeo Akbar Walter.

Watch the gripping trailer below.

Rome Akbar Walter is set to be released on 5 April.

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