John Abraham Starrer Espionage Thriller Film ‘RAW’ Total Box Office Collection!

John Abraham Starrer Espionage Thriller Film 'RAW' Total Box Office Collection!

            ‘RAW’ Total Box Office Collection: Robbie Grewal has written and directed the movie. John Abraham starrer spy thriller ‘Romeo Akbar Walter‘. The movie is also starring Mouni Roy as the female lead heads into its second week at the box office. The film was not able to collect great fare at the box office in its first-week collection. ‘RAW’ adds to the number of movies actor John has starred recently which is based on nationalistic themes. The movie is totally based on the nationalistic theme but was not able to create a great buzz in theatres. The film is set against the backdrop of the India-Pakistan war of 1971. The film got the strike on theatres on April 5 had opened to mixed reviews.

According to the latest report on the Boxofficeindia.com, on Friday, the film was able to manage in a total of Rs 1.25 crore on its eighth day at the box office. The film got its collection a total of Rs 30.75 crore in eight days at the box office.

FYI, the film was able to gross in a total of Rs 29.50 crore in its first week at the box office.

Storyline 

The plot of the film involves a story revolving around a bank cashier (played by John). He is the one who is recruited by India’s foreign intelligence agency – the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). He operates as a secret agent in PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) during the events leading up to the 1971 Indo-Pak war which led to the liberation of Bangladesh.

The film also stars Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Raghubir Yadav, Sikander Kher and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi in pivotal roles.

Review of The Movie

There are many questions like what will happen when a spy has his cover blown? Does he continue to be a valued patriot who once served his country by putting his life in danger or does he become a liability? The confusion also remained on the survival lead him up to being a double agent and go rogue or perhaps move on? What choice does he have and what choice does he make?

Apparently inspired by true events, Robby Grewal’s film could have been an interesting human or psychological drama that understands the psyche, emotional upheaval of unsung heroes (spies). It takes the conventional route and merges patriotism and espionage thriller, overshadowing the human aspect of the story. While RAW isn’t jingoistic either, it’s a well-intended but drab film that fails to hold your attention. What you get is a monotonous costume drama that lacks emotion and tension.

The script was really interesting on paper with its share of dramatic twists and was really looking attractive. You will be able to appreciate as an audience, the no-nonsense narrative but it struggles to keep you engaged.

John Abraham, Sikander Kher, and Jackie Shroff tried hard to give decent performances. Jackie’s sense of style really stood out of the league.

RAW has its moments but is rough around the edges. The climax is audacious and the audience you need to suspend your disbelief if you plan to watch it.

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