Rowdy Rathore (2012) WBRi Film Review - Akshay Kumar - Sonakshi Sinha Entertain in Spite of Plot on Weaker Side

Rowdy Rathore - Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha Wallpaper

Kolkata, June 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Are you looking for a 2 ½ hour masaledaar entertainer, packed with slow motion action sequences, raunchy songs, laughable gigs and a passable plot? Well Rowdy Rathore (RR) could be the perfect choice matching the above fares and could be an enjoyable ride at the theatres, if you don’t care much about a decent plot.

Trailer: Rowdy Rathore (Hindi, 2012)

This is because the movie, directed by Prabhudeva is very much predictable but ensures that your time in the dark halls remain entertaining and enjoyable. Above all, RR sets quite a number of facts straight on the table. First of all, it is the Hindi remake of Ravi Teja’s Telugu blockbuster ‘Vikramarkudu’ that enjoyed a cult status in the Telugu Kingdom. Secondly, it marks the return of Akshay Kumar to the khiladi-genre of movies which are packed with adrenaline pumped action sequences. Thirdly, it brings to the fore that the Indian audiences just can’t get enough of masala films and would always yearn for more.

Prabhudeva, understanding this simple premise, brings ‘Rowdy Rathore’ to Bollywood and attempts to score big at the box office after the success of ‘Wanted’.

‘Shiva’ (Akshay Kumar) is a small time crook in Mumbai who has the knack of stealing and making a living on the loot. But his stealing ways crash against a wall when he falls in love with a pretty damsel ‘Paro’ (Sonakshi Sinha) from Patna. ‘Shiva’ is forced to mend his ways as ‘Paro’ simply cannot accept the fact that her lover is a thief. Thus the first half of the movie is focused on the eternal love saga between ‘Shiva’ and ‘Paro’ who romance and dance around in idyllic locations. The plot seems to gather a little momentum when a small 6 year old girl ‘Neha’ comes into the picture and mistakes ‘Shiva’ as her father. Yes, here’s the twist. ‘Shiva’ is the complete lookalike of prudent cop ‘Vikram Rathore’ who happens to be ‘Neha’s father. ‘Rathore’ was a cop who was fiercely tortured by a rural gang leader by the name of ‘Baapji’ (Nasser) and now the villains mistake ‘Shiva’ for ‘Rathore’ and start attacking him. This is when ‘Shiva’ realizes that he must step into the shoes of the injured ‘Rathore’ and try to protect his daughter from the treacherous criminals.

What follows is a series of blood spewing action sequences which portrays the protagonist going in an all out avenging war against the villains. It is here that Prabhudeva shows his finesse as a master action director with stunts that have been meant to garner applause in the theater halls. The shots have been deftly edited and put together and therefore credit must go to the editor Santosh Pawar for having done commendable work in the movie. ‘Rowdy Rathore’ is a watchable flick as it is not only stylishly slick but accommodates all the features of a potential masala pot boiler. But if one were to go deeply into the qualms of the movie, that’s where the fissures and cracks would show up as the movie cannot take pride in a strong and quintessential plot. Well, that’s where we will have to make peace with the fact that when we are handed with a masaledaar film, we just cannot ask for anything more. The movie goers would also find it disappointing to observe the lead actress Sonakshi Sinha being sidestepped and overshadowed by the halo of Akshay Kumar. After all, the character of ‘Paro’ could certainly have been given more navigational space. In spite of all these flaws, ‘Rowdy Rathore’ manages to spring up an entertaining date at the theatres and is sure to achieve spirited success at the box office.