Like Alia Bhatt in “Raazi”, John Abraham is air-dropped into Pakistan (don’t miss those fluttering green flags with moon crescents) by a gravelly-voiced intelligence officer Jackie Shroff who reminds Dear John that country comes first.
John looks all clenched-jawed and determined. His only condition? Please look after my Ammi, no matter what happens. Ammi is fine. But what about our spy hero’s love interest? Slinking in the shadows is Mouni Roy. Clearly she has no say in what goes across the border.
RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) is the story of an Indian intelligence officer spying in Pakistan. It seems to be yet another effort after “Parmanu” for John Abraham to grab some of the patriotic space from Akshay Kumar.
This film could have easily starred Akshay (for the record it was started with Sushant Singh Rajput but ended with our strong-and-silent Mr. Abraham).
From the trailer, there are two things that emerge clearly from the dark whispering waves of espionage during times of stressful peek into the “biryani bartan” in the neighbour’s kitchen.
My fear, from watching the trailer, is that there may be an excessive dependence on John’s limited acting abilities in a script that has been written to aggrandize the leading man’s fan base. John enjoys getting into the shoes of a hair-lipped Everyman who will blend into the enemy country.
I liked the played-down jingoism in the presentation which was also the USP of “Uri” which saw that film become a blockbuster. I am sure the makers of “RAW” are hoping to cash in on the current climate of aggressive infiltration into the enemy territory to become another “Uri”. But the thing about “Uri” was that it didn’t aspire to be a flag-waving homage to the cinema of Manoj Kumar and J.P. Dutta.
The trailer of “RAW” is somehow not the dizzying espionage thriller we would like it to be. It seems restricted in its thematic resonance and also delimited by a cramped spatial disharmony evident in the hemmed-in places where stealth secrecy and suspense is attempted to be created.
All this may just not matter because Indians want to see Pakistan being brought down to its knees. Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) falls right in the category of topical films. What I liked was the projection of John not as an action hero but a ‘reaction’ hero. He is shown holding back his spleen opting for understatement instead of extravagant aggression.
The restraint we see in the trailer of “RAW” could be a budgetary consideration. But then it could also be a freedom of aspiration that comes to a director who has nothing to lose (in this case Robbie Garewal who hasn’t seen much success) and a leading man who has just convinced himself he could be as successful as Akshay Kumar provided the patriotic card is played well.
After impressing the audience with his spectacular performance in
three films last year, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is all set to rule 2019
with his upcoming projects. The star, who will be next seen in Anurag Singh’s Kesari,
has four projects in the pipeline for the coming year. Akshay will also be
collaborating with filmmaker Rohit Shetty for his cop drama, Sooryavanshi.
Recently, the posters of the film were dropped online and they have left the
51-year-old actor took to his Instagram handle and shared two posters of Sooryavanshi.
He captioned one of his posts, “From #RohitShetty’s Police universe, get
ready for the fire-packed #Sooryavanshi, releasing on Eid 2020!”
after the posters dropped online, fans started flooding Akshay’s post with
comments. While one user wrote, “Aag laga di,” another commented,
“#God of #Action is back… damn eager for this one.”
out the posters of Sooryavanshi and some
more fan reactions below.
Sooryavanshi is a spin-off of Ajay Devgn’s
Singham and Ranveer Singh’s Simmba and is a part of
the Rohit Shetty’s Singham universe. Last
year, Akshay did a cameo appearance in Simmba as ATS chief
Veer Sooryavanshi. Since then, fans have been eagerly waiting for Akshay to
work with Rohit. The actor’s upcoming cop drama is slated to have an Eid
from this, Akshay will also be seen in Jagan Shakti’s Mission Mangal and
Raj Mehta’s Good News. He will also be starring in the fourth installment of
the hit Housefull franchise.
The Kesari trailer received a warm welcome on Twitter and went viral almost instantly. “#KesariTrailer” soared to the top of the trend’s list on Twitter with celebrities such as Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Diljit Dosanjh and others posting their reviews for the trailer. Abhishek had just one word for the trailer: “Wow,” he wrote while Arjun added: “What a trailer! Emotionally uplifting, rooted in Indian culture, full on action mode for Akshay sir after a while… can’t wait for this Holi to be Kesari.” Meanwhile, Neil Nitin Mukesh wrote: “This is sheer epic-ness. Outstanding is an understatement… and this is just a trailer”. “Trailer aisa hai toh picture kya hogi,” tweeted Tisca Chopra. Check out the trailer below:
Within two hours of release, the trailer garnered over 4.5 lakh views on YouTube and almost 9 lakh combined views on Akshay and Parineeti Chopra’s Instagram .
The movie is all set to release on 21st March 2019. Stay tuned for more updates.
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HomemoviesTrailer‘Notebook’ New Poster released: Salman Khan introduces Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal
brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain in Bollywood through Loveyatri, Salman
Khan is all set to introduce two fresh faces Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer
Iqbal to the glam world. Pranutan and Zaheer are making their Bollywood debut
with Filmistaan director Nitin Kakkar’s film Notebook, which is a love story
set in Kashmir.
The makers today released new poster of the film featuring
Pranutan and Zaheer. In the poster, Pranutan and Zaheer can be seen all set to
leave with bags on their shoulder.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, sharing the poster, wrote, ‘’Trailer on 22 Feb 2019… Salman Khan introduces Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal… New poster of #Notebook… Directed by Nitin Kakkar… Produced by Salma Khan, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde… 29 March 2019 release.’’
Interestingly, Pranutan is
daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl and granddaughter of yesteryear actor Nutan.
There is nothing cliched about ‘Notebook’. As
a director I was able to go beyond cliches. There is a conflict in the film but
of a different type. It is not run-of-the-mill story. It is not in the classic
romeo-juliet format. I thought Salman bhai (Salman Khan) might be sceptical
because it is not conventional. The film has a world of its own, which is
cinematic and real,” Nitin earlier told PTI.
The entire film begins and ends in Kashmir and
the makers shot for 43 days in the valley. Notebook is produced by Salma Khan,
Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde. It is slated to release on March 29.