After the critically acclaimed Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, John Abraham’s next film, the Robbie Grewal directed espionage-thriller Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) is set in the 1970s. The cast and crew will kick off the film’s first schedule in Gujarat on June 10.
Now, sources close to the film inform that Sikander Kher, who was last seen as the terrorist Haroon Sherchand in the Anil Kapoor-starrer Hindi version of the TV show 24, has been signed to play a pivotal role. Sikander will play John’s nemesis and the two actors will feature in several rounds of “war of words”.
After wrapping up his portions as the baddie of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies in Lucknow, Sikander is now prepping to play the villain once again, this time inspired by a real-life man-on-a-mission with shades of grey. “I am undergoing readings and workshops,” Sikander says, while writer-director Robbie adds, “There will be several sequences where John and Sikander are pitted against each other. During the readings I’ve noticed that the timing is going to be crucial. Sikander makes a great nemesis.”
The film will be shot in a start-to-finish, three-month schedule. “We begin in Gujarat, filming continues through Jammu and Kashmir, Nepal, and the schedule ends with some portions being filmed in Mumbai,” says Robbie.