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½ August 20, 2012
A run-of-the-mill action drama that entertains as much as it irritates, if not less. Tolerable stuff, though.
½ January 3, 2013
Rowdy Rathore ‚" Pfftttt

Remaking a masterpiece is stupidity as people come up with lot of expectations and their own interpretations. But remaking a regional masala film in to Bollywood and not getting it right is idiotic. Funny part is the director hails from South and the film rakes in a decent moola. It either gets to show that everything masala ridden just sells or being idiotic is a rage.

Plot:
Shiva (Akshay Kumar) and 2G (Paresh Ganatra) are a petty thief duo on the streets of Mumbai. A girl from Patna, Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) catches his eye balls and Shiva, in turn, makes her fall for him through his usual gimmicks. A tricky theft attempt tags Shiva to a little girl called Chinki. At the same time a group of mustache bearing muscular men are on the hunt for Shiva and try to attack him in vain. Who is the girl? How is she related to Shiva? What is the other side of the coin? ‚" Answers to these questions take us through the life of Vikram Rathore (Akshay Kumar), Shiva‚(TM)s look alike, commercially culminating in to a comedy based revenge drama. All is well (looks like it).

Analysis:
The movie is a remake of super hit telugu film ‚Vikramarkudu‚?. No huge changes have been made as part of the original story, script, screenplay and feel factor of the film. But still it falls flat in terms of entertainment.

Akshay tries his best hand at comedy but is no match to his southern counterpart ‚" clearly gets to show how southern heroes can steal the show especially with comic relief. The side kick in the original film is a legendary actor and so there is no comparison whatsoever. Only main thing they could have got right and still failed miserably was the heroine. No mention is needed for all the other characters.

Akshay Kumar looked old for the role and his performance in both the characters was downright mediocre. Sonakshi has nothing to offer and she was lot better in Dabaang. Nassar as the main antagonist is nothing less than being slapstick and goofy. There is no absolute need to mention about the music.

Tail piece:
I did not watch the whole movie but was bent upon writing this review just for the heck of it and for the first time in my life I am suffering from ‚writer‚(TM)s block‚?. So the film not only has anything to watch but also offers us nothing to scribble. I am happy for the producers that it‚(TM)s making lot of money.
½ August 30, 2012
Rowdy Rathore - Pfftttt

Remaking a masterpiece is stupidity as people come up with lot of expectations and their own interpretations. But remaking a regional masala film in to Bollywood and not getting it right is idiotic. Funny part is th
e director hails from South and the film rakes in a decent moola. It either gets to show that everything masala ridden just sells or being idiotic is a rage.

Plot:
Shiva (Akshay Kumar) and 2G (Paresh Ganatra) are a petty thief duo on the streets of Mumbai. A girl from Patna, Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) catches his eye balls and Shiva, in turn, makes her fall for him through his usual gimmicks. A tricky theft attempt tags Shiva to a little girl called Chinki. At the same time a group of mustache bearing muscular men are on the hunt for Shiva and try to attack him in vain. Who is the girl? How is she related to Shiva? What is the other side of the coin? - Answers to these questions take us through the life of Vikram Rathore (Akshay Kumar), Shiva's look alike, commercially culminating in to a comedy based revenge drama. All is well (looks like it).

Analysis:
The movie is a remake of super hit telugu film "Vikramarkudu". No huge changes have been made as part of the original story, script, screenplay and feel factor of the film. But still it falls flat in terms of entertainment.

Akshay tries his best hand at comedy but is no match to his southern counterpart - clearly gets to show how southern heroes can steal the show especially with comic relief. The side kick in the original film is a legendary actor and so there is no comparison whatsoever. Only main thing they could have got right and still failed miserably was the heroine. No mention is needed for all the other characters.

Akshay Kumar looked old for the role and his performance in both the characters was downright mediocre. Sonakshi has nothing to offer and she was lot better in Dabaang. Nassar as the main antagonist is nothing less than being slapstick and goofy. There is no absolute need to mention about the music.

Tail piece:
I did not watch the whole movie but was bent upon writing this review just for the heck of it and for the first time in my life I am suffering from "writer's block". So the film not only has anything to watch but also offers us nothing to scribble. I am happy for the producers that it's making lot of money.
August 13, 2012
I watched it without subtitles. So I have no idea what was going on. A lot of singing and dancing and my son who is 1 and a half loved it. This movie was nothing what I thought it was going to be.
½ July 1, 2012
A daring Police officer dons the role of the angry young protagonist whose self worth is calculated as a measure of songs themed around himself and by the film's ticket sales. Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan are thereby worth billions after 'Wanted', 'Dabangg' and 'Singham'. Never mind that two were remakes of South Indian blockbusters and were over-the-top, they still entertained the masala movie goer.
Prabhudeva casts Akshay Kumar as the fearless, macho, 'Rowdy Rathore' who upholds the law while challenging authoritarian villains. This, again, is a remake of a blockbuster Telugu film.

A small time thief, Shiva (Akshay Kumar), who loots houses, picks up wallets and dances with Prabhudeva, is smitten by the beautiful Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) whose mere sight makes him rewind the scene in slow motion. After all the song and dance, Shiva's life is suddenly intruded by a young girl Chutki, who claims him as her father. Even the child-hater Shiva's heart melts and he acts as her father, while he is constantly being attacked and pursued by a gang that apparently wants him dead. Shiva is left clueless about these circumstances until, in the midst of the gang attack, he is saved by the audacious Vikram Rathore, whom the world believes is dead. Rathore is a powerful force for the bad guys to confront and in a slick, yet inspired style, Prabhudeva re-directs the construction site scene before the interval. Thereafter, Shiva's Rowdiness and Rathore's brute force combine to form a better second half, which itself is a rarity of sorts.

What makes this movie watchable for its length is the focus on Vikram Rathore's story rather than that of Shiva's. The oppressive rule of the village landlord is challenged by Rathore's audacious approach of enforcing law and order, leaving trails of beaten up henchmen. Subsequent to Rathore's storyline, it is his loyal followers who convince Shiva to take revenge upon Baapji (Nassar) and free the villagers from his tyranny.
The biggest issue with 'Rowdy Rathore' however, is one of familiarity. This angry inspector out to correct the oppressive forces story has been well exploited in 'Wanted', 'Dabangg' and 'Singham'. Watching Akshay Kumar throw a few threatening words to the villain and walk away in a bold manner with things exploding behind him, is a familiar scene. Indeed, Kumar does his best to own his characters and portray something different but he too, is dictated by the South Indian films and their Bollywood remakes that have now typecast our heroes in uniforms.

What Rowdy Rathore thus ends up being is a good film for masala entertainment, similar to what its predecessors of the genre were but it leaves no impact, no residual value whatsoever because of the familiarity of the subject. Its runaway success can be attributed to the dearth of entertaining films in recent times as well but one more movie from Bollywood that's a remake of a South Indian action film and this whole trend will spiral downward and disappear into oblivion. One can only take so much of one genre at a time. After that, it all looks the same. No matter how hard Prabhudeva tries to re-invent the wheel with fly-out action, slow motion capture of fights and the might of a one-man-army Policeman, the film suffers from the lack of novelty in its approach and depiction of characters.

Akshay Kumar joins the angry cop team of action heroes and does well to portray both Shiva and Vikram Rathore's characters with whatever distinction the director could come up with. They make him dress up ridiculously in songs and dance alongside Prabhudeva, where he does manage to hold his own.
While his romantic side reminds us of Akshay Kumar's charmer days, his Vikram Rathore side reminds us of what he is capable of as an action hero whom we had almost forgotten. Yet, the romantic side misses the charm that Salman Khan carried in 'Dabangg' and his action hero side misses the convincing boldness of Ajay Devgan in 'Singham'.
Sonakshi Sinha could be eye candy for some, but not at all for others. She is one of those actresses who might disappear with the genre unless she finds a way to break free. Nassar and Yashpal Sharma portray their characters well and are the only noteworthy performances after Akshay Kumar's.

Sajid-Wajid's music suits the film's masala flavour. Some of the tracks will remain popular for a while such as Chinta ta ta chita, Chamak challo chel chhabeeli and Dhadang dhang dhang. However, it was great to hear Kumar Sanu return to singing in films with Chamak challo. The song may even become a trend at weddings.....

Rohit Shetty and Prabhudeva have brought South India to West India but it clearly is a genre waiting to take a sharp turn downward. The lack of novelty in its approach, shallow story lines, forgettable characters, over-the-top action sequences and slapstick humor indicate the dearth of creative film-making in this genre. All rests with the lead actors to pull off a below par product and convert it into a money tree. One can sit through Rowdy Rathore but only if it's under a certain price. It's paisa vasool factor is quickly diminishing in terms of a movie going experience and it's only a matter of time till it all implodes bigger than how the props explode on screen.
One can only fear the potential of more remakes, considering the fact that there are a few more action heroes out there who are keen to wake up from their slumber and they all want their actions to speak louder than words.

5.712 on a scale of 1-10.
June 7, 2012
Meaningless, vulgar, stupid, impossible, crude, senseless, demeaning and total waste of time. The movie has no redeeming feature. I wonder how anyone can decide to make a movie like this. The only explanation I have for a movie like this being made is that a certain segment of Indian population enjoys these movie like laborers, three wheel drivers and tangewalas. I am glad Americans do not go for Indian movies. It would be pretty awkward answering questions an American is likely to ask after seeing this movie. Do not go for this movie.
½ April 25, 2016
The only reason this movie is so what good, is because of the average story.
½ March 8, 2014
Boring first half but a very very good second half.
January 25, 2014
Just finished watching this film. It was entertaining. Worth viewing. Comedy and somewhat action. #Bollywood
½ December 7, 2013
Better than anticipated. Must watch more Bollywood films.
December 4, 2013
Super funny in a quirky way.
July 24, 2013
Kumar takes up the superhero cop role, adding a spin of mistaken identity and evil twin fun. Sonakshi Sinha is stunning, Kumar is funny and the choreography is excellent. The effects aren't great in parts, but for $7m it's impressive. "Ridiculous and undeniable, it's a punchy cartoon, rightly confident of its power to entertain. Why resist?" Directed by Benny Lava! Fans of Singham, Dabaang 1 and 2 should love this.
½ July 7, 2012
Cheap comedy, cheap action and nothing more.
June 2, 2013
Rowdy Rathore directed by actor-cum-director Prabhu Deva. Starring Akshay Kumar (one of my top favorite actors from Indian cinema - he has established himself as most sought-after actor who has gained popularity in comedy/action/drama/romance roles). Akshay plays a petty street-thief who commits intelligent theft; he is mistaken for most-feared assistant superintendent of the police (ASP) by crime-syndicate working in a village. From the start film looked promising but at near end it kinda strayed away from the serious-tone of somewhat good plot.

NOTE: Some exaggerating impossibilities of using physics in wrong way, which is simply the criteria of general population in South of India to watch movies where actors perform over-exaggeration of stunts e.g. kicking a jeep so hard that it smashes to ground and passengers flying off it. This is the remake of South film; although Akshay is not mainly into these sort of movies, however he succumbed to requests from the director who himself comes from the South region - Akshay Kumar hails from popular mainstream Bollywood.
½ April 7, 2013
one of the WORST movies I have ever seen.
½ June 7, 2012
Fun movie, bit of a retro theme with the dopplegang, good tunes.
½ January 3, 2013
Rowdy Rathore ‚" Pfftttt

Remaking a masterpiece is stupidity as people come up with lot of expectations and their own interpretations. But remaking a regional masala film in to Bollywood and not getting it right is idiotic. Funny part is the director hails from South and the film rakes in a decent moola. It either gets to show that everything masala ridden just sells or being idiotic is a rage.

Plot:
Shiva (Akshay Kumar) and 2G (Paresh Ganatra) are a petty thief duo on the streets of Mumbai. A girl from Patna, Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) catches his eye balls and Shiva, in turn, makes her fall for him through his usual gimmicks. A tricky theft attempt tags Shiva to a little girl called Chinki. At the same time a group of mustache bearing muscular men are on the hunt for Shiva and try to attack him in vain. Who is the girl? How is she related to Shiva? What is the other side of the coin? ‚" Answers to these questions take us through the life of Vikram Rathore (Akshay Kumar), Shiva‚(TM)s look alike, commercially culminating in to a comedy based revenge drama. All is well (looks like it).

Analysis:
The movie is a remake of super hit telugu film ‚Vikramarkudu‚?. No huge changes have been made as part of the original story, script, screenplay and feel factor of the film. But still it falls flat in terms of entertainment.

Akshay tries his best hand at comedy but is no match to his southern counterpart ‚" clearly gets to show how southern heroes can steal the show especially with comic relief. The side kick in the original film is a legendary actor and so there is no comparison whatsoever. Only main thing they could have got right and still failed miserably was the heroine. No mention is needed for all the other characters.

Akshay Kumar looked old for the role and his performance in both the characters was downright mediocre. Sonakshi has nothing to offer and she was lot better in Dabaang. Nassar as the main antagonist is nothing less than being slapstick and goofy. There is no absolute need to mention about the music.

Tail piece:
I did not watch the whole movie but was bent upon writing this review just for the heck of it and for the first time in my life I am suffering from ‚writer‚(TM)s block‚?. So the film not only has anything to watch but also offers us nothing to scribble. I am happy for the producers that it‚(TM)s making lot of money.
December 27, 2012
Total Bakwas...dunno why im giving it one star......deserves zero.....watched it on TV.....dont watch/watch at your own peril .....total waste of time.
December 14, 2012
Just too mindless. The Salman Khan genre movies are fine to a point, but this movie takes it to an extreme with its 1980s like plot.
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