Plot = A bank cashier Romeo Ali (John Abraham), gets hired by the chief of RAW, Mr. Srikant Rai (Jackie Shroff), for spying on a Pakistani diplomat Isaq Afridi (Anil George).
Things turn fishy when Romeo goes to Pakistan as Akbar Malik and his cover gets blown away.
Will Romeo be able to return to his identity and his motherland, or will he have to sacrifice everything for his country?
Opinion = Well, it is nothing more than a reprised and mediocre version of RAAZI.
Here also, a spy is trained to develop connections in the top echelon of the enemy’s armed forces, and keep a track on their activities.
The makers had a potent plot and a capable ensemble on board, but unfortunately, they did the same mistake, which we have seen in the EK THA TIGER Franchise, Agent Vinod and other spy thrillers, made in Bollywood.
Indian Filmmakers, in general, have failed to understand the covertness and professionalism of the Research & Analysis Wing – RAW – India’s number one intelligence agency.
Here also, the way in which Romeo gets recruited in RAW and the way he is sent on the mission, is a subject of mockery.
The first half of the movie is so slow and heavy, that I doubt people will wait in the multiplex, for watching the second half.
Only the last 45 minutes of its runtime, is engaging and entertaining.
Rest everything is stretched unnecessarily.
To make the lethargic screenplay even worse, the makers have also showcased forced romance (with a mandatory sex scene) between Romeo and Shraddha (Mouni Roy).
Overall, the movie is watchable and entertaining, only in the final few reels, but for that, you are not required to go through the torture, posed by the remaining parts of the movie!!!
Performances = I don’t understand that why John chose this movie. In recent times, he is the only actor – producer, who is having the most decent trajectory of movies like VICKY DONOR (as a producer), MADRAS CAFÉ and PARMANU.
Here, John did not had any meat, in any of the avatars he showcased on screen.
In just one scene, his character Romeo is shown as a stage artist and a master of disguise.
The makers should have developed this sub plot, the way it was done in Nana Patekar and Madhuri Dixit starrer WAJOOD, which would have helped them to make a highly logical and taut thriller.
But, they just took the stereotypical route and ruined everything.
I understand that actress Mouni Roy is new in Bollywood, but if she is going to repeat the same expression-less acting, in every outing of hers, then, she will have to return back to the small screen.
Actor Anil George, Jackie Shroff and Sikander Kher (as Khudabaksh Khan), were very impressive in their respective performances, whereas, the supporting cast had nothing much to do.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = There is no doubt that Director Robby Grewal has a good potential of making unconventional cinema.
He had previously directed a classic suspense thriller, named SAMAY – When Time Strikes, starring Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff. Also, he has helmed the project named ALOO CHAAT, which was a very impressive comedy.
Here, Robby became too indulgent with his craft.
Next time, if he is willing to try his hands on directing a spy thriller, he must consider all the points I have highlighted in my opinion above, and try and make a good movie.
The action sequences and the cinematography are praise –worthy.
There are about 3 – 4 songs in the movie, and all are unnecessary and jarring!!!
Rowdy Rating = 2.5 / 5