|Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor|
With dialogues like “Don’t angry me”, and “Jo main kehta hoon woh karta hoon, par jo main nahin kehta woh main definitely karta hoon”, this hero makes you laugh as he makes pulp of yet another baddie.
A remake of the 2006 Telugu hit Vikramarkudu [it has since been remade in various languages], the premise is interesting with charming retro chic. Straight out of an ‘80s film, Akshay plays a double role—the good guy and the semi-bad guy.
Shiva (Akshay) is a petty thief who falls for Priya (Sonakshi Sinha) and decides to give up his crooked ways. That’s after one last loot that’ll keep him rich for life. But there are surprises in store for him. He’s now forced to look after a little girl, as she mistakes him for her father.
Other people too, begin mistaking him for a former cop named Rathore. This moustache-proud cop had been posted in a small Bihari town called Devgarh, where the local goondas had unleashed all kinds of terror. Even the cops and their families were not spared.
Circumstancses lead our rowdy to take Rathore’s position, thus making him our very own Rowdy Rathore.
The film, in typical Prabhu Deva-style, is loud. The baddies are all monster-like, and at one time, even pop out of a Raavan cut-out. The main villain, pan-chewing Babjee (Nassar) is one of the most despicable you’ve seen in a long time.
But you have our hero entering the devil’s lair (single-handedly, of course) and beating each one in stylized action scenes. The film has some striking scenes, like Rathore’s intro on the swing. The humour is consistent and is hugely entertaining.
Typical of recent Salman movies (also Ajay Devgn’s Singham), where the hero has a signature dialogue, style and mannerism, here too Rowdy Rathore has been given his own signature style and a catchy tune.
The Stop-and-Rewind scene, repeated several times, is innovative and very entertaining. In one scene, a charmingly self-deprecating one, a character tells Shiva he does not have Shah Rukh’s charm, Salman’s body or Aamir’s cuteness.
Interestingly, in this film, the hero does not believe in lying to the girl to win her love. When Shiva falls for Priya, he tells her he’s a petty thief and wins her heart with his honesty. But his referring to her as “mera maal” is inexplicable and objectionable.
The background score is super-fun. Songs are fairly good. Kareena disappoints by appearing in an unnecessarily risqué song. The styling is also super-fun with Akshay mostly dressed in various shades of pink and Sonakshi in beautifully vibrant ethnic outfits.
Prabhu Deva, after making his Bollywood directorial debut with the highly-violent Wanted, makes a film that’s more evolved. With a lavish production design, superb choreography (both stars are superb dancers), superlative action, and moody cinematography, this one is several notches higher.
Akshay Kumar is in form. Looking much younger than his years, he breezes through the comedy scenes, and action has anyway always been his forte. Sonakshi Sinha is mesmerizing with a great screen presence, solid dialogue-delivery prowess and acting chops. She looks beautiful, dances fabulously, and gives a fine performance.
So there you have it. Rowdy Rathore is a film that’s good-looking, fun, and with a strong commercial flavor. Worth a watch!
Rating: Three stars