Mumbai: Sushant Singh Rajput was roped in as the face of ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’ (‘RAW’), but the actor was soon replaced by John Abraham citing differences.
John, who is in the news for his tiff with Kriarj on ‘Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran’, has also decided to walk out on the project, this time for a different reason.
A source told DNA, “John allegedly felt ‘RAW’s storyline is similar to that of Alia Bhatt’s ‘Raazi’. When he watched the trailer of Meghna Gulzar’s film, which released a few days ago, he was convinced about it. It’s just that ‘RAW’ is from a man’s perspective.”
The source says, “John’s movie is also about an Indian spy who joins the Pakistani armed forces to relay information to the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW). The team wanted to alter the script a bit, but the actor wasn’t convinced as the main storyline would still be the same. Hence, he politely asked the makers to move on.”
The project has now reportedly been put on the backburner since John too isn’t a part of the film.
“The makers drew up a rough budget for the actioner and the landing cost, without publicity and promotion, which came up to Rs. 40-45 crore. That is a big figure to recover with John in the lead. Moreover, he had also signed the deal for Rs. 11 crore as his remuneration. So, the makers have scrapped the idea for now. If they plan to make RAW sometime in the future, they want to do it with a bigger star who can ensure a good return on their investment,” another source informed.