This week will see the release of John Abraham’s latest patriotic film, RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter. Billed as a true story, the film will show John in multiple roles, as he plays a pivotal part in India’s history, and is set during the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971.
“Talking about the kind of films I am doing,” John told somewhere we all believe we’ve gravitated towards a film that is very special to us.”
Akshay Kumar recently delivered one of his biggest hits, the war drama Kesari. The film registered the biggest opening of the year so far, and has made Rs 130 crore domestically. Kesari is the latest in a slew of patriotic films starring Akshay, most of which have been popular among the masses. “This film will always be very special since I wore the [army] uniform in it, which has always been very close to me,” Akshay recently said in an interview.
From L: Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham have all entered the same space.
The third actor to have starred in similarly themed films is Ajay Devgn, whose 2018 release Raid almost hit the Rs 100 crore mark domestically.
Each actor has, as John said, gravitated towards nationalistic-minded films in recent years. Their upcoming slate includes more such films, with John playing a policeman in a film based on the Batla House shootout. Akshay will star in Mission Mangal, based on India’s first interplanetary mission, and will also play Prithviraj Chauhan in an upcoming film. Ajay will appear in the period drama Tanhaji:The Unsung Warrior and a film based on Bhuj: The Pride of India.
Of the three, Akshay leads the way in sheer volumes, and therefore at the box office. Even the films which aren’t overtly patriotic find ways to insert nationalistic ideas in some manner, for example Rustom and Jolly LLB