This weekend, it’s a clash of patriotic films at the box-office. John Abraham’s spy thriller RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) will compete with the Vivek Oberoi starrer PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister that got clearance from the Delhi High Court for release. In what can only be called poetic justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apparently shown “zero interest” in watching the biopic on his life featuring Vivek Oberoi that Omung Kumar has directed. However plans are afoot to show Robby Garewal’s RAW to the Prime Minister. RAW is a fact-inspired story of an Indian spy in Pakistan.
“The makers are very keen to show the film to Prime Minister Modi. Earlier, John was keen to show Parmanu to the Prime Minister. But it didn’t happen. RAW will be shown as an example of cinema reflecting a growing awareness of the stress levels between India and Pakistan and what steps India is taking to deal with it.”
Interestingly, the new espionage thriller was viewed by the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) and cleared with a ‘UA’ certificate. Only two verbal cuts were ordered.
A source in the know says, “The CBFC members really liked the film. There was no objection to any of the political content. Although it is a cross-border espionage thriller, the film does not indulge in any Pakistan-bashing.”
Apparently the CBFC has been instructed to take a firm stand against shrill jingoistic films indulging in unnecessary hate-mongering.
Says director Robby Grewal, “We were asked to make just two audio cuts. We had to remove two cuss words which we happily did. There were were no visual cuts at all.”