John Abraham and Jackie Shroff will soon start working on their next venture Robbie Grewal’s espionage thriller RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter.’ This is the first time John Abraham and Jackie Shroff will be working together.
The team will head to Kashmir on August 16 for a 10-day schedule across Gulmarg and Srinagar during which they will shoot a lot of action sequences. The makers have arranged for tight security for the cast and crew. Leading lady Mouni Roy won’t be making the trip to the Valley but Jackie Shroff, who plays the RAW chief, will be present.
Even the dress dada (costume designer) is from Kashmir. We are recreating the Valley of the ’70s for our film,” adds the director.
The Gulmarg shoot is scheduled to wrap up in two days, after which the team will move to Srinagar. According to Bunty Walia, who is a consultant on the film, the Director General of Police, Kashmir, has assured him that the law and order situation is normal. “They told me that Vidhu Vinod Chopra has also been shooting there and there’s nothing to worry about. They have assured us security because John and Jackie have a huge fan following and we didn’t want an obstruction in the shoot,” he says.
John had pointed out that he had filmed Kabul Express in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban and now was taking RAW to Kashmir because “ a film set can’t replicate what you feel when you are in danger zone”.
Robbie’s father was in the armed forces and had served in Kashmir before he was born. “When I grew up, I visited the Valley and have shot there earlier. The people are warm and understand that when film units come here, people get work,” he said.