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Rowdy Rathore Review

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50

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Indicine | Indicine Team

The action only begins to unfold in the second half, as Akshay Kumar proves why he’s called the Khiladi. There is a lot that goes into making an action scene look convincing, apart from the action choreographer who plays a major role, the actors need to get their body language right. That’s exactly where Akshay shines. He’s brilliant in the action sequences, with comic timing that is unmatched in the industry.

Sonakshi Sinha is wasted. She has absolutely NOTHING to do, expect dance to 4 odd songs and hug the hero. Her only noteworthy scene is just before the climax, where she verbally abuses the villain.

Akshay Kumar towers above the other actors, director and the script! He makes even the most mediocre of scenes, entertaining. We’ve already spoken enough about Sonakshi, she should seriously look into doing roles that gives her scope to perform. Nassar, who plays the negative role, is brilliant. The other supporting actors are all good.

60

Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Prabhu Dheva's spirited execution of the subject forms another USP. His handling of the dramatic sequences deserves brownie points. Also, he proves with ROWDY RATHORE that WANTED was no mere stroke of luck or just a flash in the pan. Santosh Thundiyil's cinematography is first-rate. Music composers Sajid-Wajid deliver yet another charming album. 'Chinta Ta Ta' is the pick of the lot and the presence of leading actors Vijay and Kareena Kapoor and Prabhu Dheva himself gives it an edge, while 'Dhadang Dhang Dhang' and 'Aa Re Pritam Pyaare' are lively, full-of-zest tracks as well. The background [Sandeep Chowta] score is electrifying. Dialogue [Shiraz Ahmed] are excellent. The witty and sober lines are written with equivalent flamboyance. The stunts are, of course, the hallmark of the enterprise. Note the fight at the interval point, during the flashback portions and also towards the climax. The masses are sure to go into raptures!

80

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Yes, Rowdy Rathore employs narrative elements that hark back to a bygone era of Bollywood potboilers: two men who look like each other without any apparent reason, a bunch of baddies that snarl and snap at the slightest provocation and indulge in rape and pillage with abandon, and the good old back-from-the-dead revenge seeker who goes back dispensing rough-and-ready justice.

The first half of the film ambles through an hour and a bit of mostly insignificant narrative detail, including the circumstances in which the male protagonist, a small-time Mumbai conman Shiva (Akshay Kumar), meets and falls in love with Paro (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl from Patna who is in town for a wedding.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Mrigank Dhaniwala

The screenplay, based on the Telugu hit, is commonplace but entertaining in parts. Especially, the comedy scenes work well with the audiences. The initial portion of the drama, when Shiva’s character is being introduced, is lovely. Ditto for the pre-climax and the climax. The screenplay of the latter half is such that there is ample scope for action, which has been choreographed very well.

Akshay Kumar is in his element as the conman Shiva. He makes you laugh with his comic timing and eccentric mannerisms. As Vikram Rathore, he is endearing beyond doubt, but he seems to be trying too hard to play the honest cop at times. Overall, he does very well in the double role. Sonakshi Sinha, as Priya, is alright and does what is required of her.

60

Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

The film is nothing but a sequence of various action scenes stitched together interspersed by forced songs. It starts on a confusing note with everything haphazardly placed. However, slowly, the story starts picking, meaning slowly you make peace with the fact that whatever is going on need not have logic.

When talking about action, it is at its peak in this movie as you can see Akki hitting someone at regular intervals. Slashing, slicing, flying kicks and beastly punches, you name it and Rowdy Rathore displays it. For a true blue action fanatic, this movie is a treat. But its appearance too often in the script makes you feel bruised in the head. There is an extent to which you can bear someone getting black and blue but the makers of this film chose to test the audience's patience.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Shomini Sen

Akshay tries, tries hard, to fit into a genre which is at the moment a formula for success. But the man who has given us some extremely entertaining films in the past, gets lost in the slow pace of the film and the southern sensibilities of the director. Sure, his signature flamboyance is there. Some extremely hilarious scenes, which are Kumar`s patent, are there too, but they are too few and far between. The film takes too long to establish the main plot and too little time to establish the love story between Sonakshi and Akshay which nearly happens in the first half hour of the film.

Prabhu Deva fails to take the film anywhere, uses a tried and tested formula which may have worked down south but is sadly extremely annoying and garish when remade in Hindi.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

Director Prabhu Deva brings on his signature dance steps with the powerful use of the beating of drums to pump up the volume. If at all there is any cause for worry, it is the length. But considering the masala it has been peppered with and excellent garnishing (in the form of fights and dances and a little bit of romance), the audience will not 'mind it'. For Sanjay Leela Bhansali to partner in a film that is totally opposed to his style of film-making is indeed a bold move. A good investment because the returns are going to be huge. The dances are energetic and choreography very fluid... tapori ishtyle.

80

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar

Rowdy Rathore has some very well-executed action scenes. There’s no doubting that the fun in these remakes of South films is directly proportional to how many and for long a hero can beat up rogues. To be rolling on the floor laughing would be asking for too much. A lot of the comedy seems forced and Akshay tends to ham too. In terms of acting, two years on and Sonakshi’s Dabangg hangover is still on. She does nothing much except for some deadly pelvic thrusts in the song Dhadang Dhadang. Hers is more of an ornamental role, while Akshay steals the show. The one-liners aren’t supremely impressive, but ASP Rathore’s screen presence is. Sanjay Sankla’s editing screams for attention, so do Akshay’s multi-coloured pants.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

Evidently, the budget is uber-extravagant. In fact, different cities serve as quickie backdrops for a single song-'n’-dance’s antaras. And there are more daredevil stunts than you’d find in a vintage Dharmendra or Amitabh Bachchan flick. So what! So, plenty. How about narrating a plausible story simultaneously? Er, and how about some appropriate casting? Akshay Kumar, at 44, can’t play thirtyish. The heroine is so mismatched that it’s surprising that she doesn’t call her screenmate, “Uncle!” Problem: if investors and the audiences – who’re quite generous with suspending their sense of disbelief –don’t mind, who’re you? It’s only the initial week’s ticket window collections that count.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

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.

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.

60

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

Inured to the kind of exploding-beedi violence promised by the trailer, the film instead starts stupid and stays silly. This is much more like an early Khiladi movie - where Kumar recklessly got away with anything, goofily stumbled towards the climax and then proceeded to kick bottom without mercy - than any of the recent films which have completely forsaken plot.

Also in its favour is the fact that Kumar is visibly in on the joke. Sure, he plays larger-than-life police lumberjack with baniyan-endorsing abandon, but as the film ends and the goofball slips into the superhero shoes, he has a blast with the part. Climactically facing the film's villain -- a murderous butcher looking uncannily like Anurag Kashyap the day the No Smoking reviews were published -- Kumar dresses for the finale in trackpants and takes time between groin-shattering kicks to do a couple of jumping jacks.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Prateeksha Khot

That’s not to say that this movie is without its moments. The first half is fun, but then dreaded curse of the second half strikes again as you end up dragging yourself through a very long movie. Akshay Kumar gives an entertaining performance as both Rowdy and Rathore and it’s his comical acts with those dialogues which are a delight to watch. The only marring point is that the two characters don’t have much disparity and his performance would have been more fun if the characters were contrasts. Sonakshi is good in whatever screen time she has though pretty much of it is focused on her midriff. The side characters are decent although we have to deal with the loud typical villains again as poor Nasser has to portray a very laughable character.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

Needless to say, Vikram Singh Rathore starts to clean up the joint. But when Rathore is killed in battle, a small time conman named Shiva, who just happens to look exactly like him, takes his place. Logic, of course, is the last priority here. The idea is to have fun and revel in a purposefully over-the-top, kitschy, retro-movie. So Akshay swaggers in slow motion and Sonakshi Sinha provides oomph with close-ups of her waist. Shiva refers to her as “meraa maal.”

20

Not Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Naresh Kumar Deoshi

The story, you see, is nothing to write home about and you feel none the wiser to see the story unravel and conclude exactly as anticipated. Which brings the spotlight down to the execution, to how well can director Prabhu Deva tell the story which’s not just staggeringly predictable but also a remake of a 2006 Telugu blockbuster Vikramarkudu. There too, Prabhu Deva disappoints, save for the sequences involving Shiva, the conman.

It’s in these hilarious moments that the film’s graph slopes upward, but the gut-wrenching action sequences just before and after the interval, though not badly filmed, do get on one’s nerves. Half way into the second half, Akshay comes to the party when he, as the rapscallion and rowdy Rathore takes on the might of Bapaji and his goliath of a brother.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

‘Rowdy Rathore’ is Akshay’s stab at getting back at the top of the heap. And it must be said that he goes at his double role ( only the curve of the ‘tache distinguishing one from the other) with very Akki-like zest, kicking and slicing and punching. He does look much older than his leading lady, who is busy getting the full-bodied heroine back into the frame, if nothing else. But that’s all right, because she comes and goes anyway, disappearing almost completely in the ultra-violent, crass second half before fetching up dutifully for the climax.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Indiaglitz | Joginder Tuteja

The only place where you just want the film to get into a fast forward mode? The middle of the first half when the film tries to take an emotional journey. Yes, the bonding between the girl child and Akshay was important but then it is a little too stretched, what with the song 'Chandaniya' playing far too many times. Moreover a couple of other things that make the film a little too unbelievable are a well-to-do Sonakshi falling in love with a thief and then the entire plot setting behind 'rowdy' Akshay being the chosen one as a foster father. Also, Yashpal Sharma is unintentionally funny when he gets into the flashback mode.

Thankfully, Prabhudheva keeps the pace of the film fast enough to make you quickly move on to the next scene. There is hardly any time given to the audience to think about what really transpired since immediately there is an item sequence in the offering. Moreover Akshay's superbly convincing act, especially as the 'rowdy', is the mainstay of the film and he is especially tremendous in the first and last 30 minutes of the film. Ditto for Sonakshi who is loveable in the limited screen time that she gets, though she hardly has a scene or two in the second half.

80

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Srijana Mitra Das

Indeed, Rowdy Rathore pays homage to iconic filmi characters - identical heroes, golden-hearted chors, brave Men in Brown beating evil people to pulp. However, it pays most homage to its own star, Akshay Kumar, who pulls off Shiva with style but Vikram less so, possibly because all that violence overwhelms acting itself.

60

Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Movietalkies

While Akshay is clearly the star of the film, playing the funny Shiva and the serious Vikram with equal ease and aplomb, Sonakshi Sinha as his romantic half manages to leave a fair mark as well, though this one is a much flimsier role that her debut hit, Dabangg. But the talented actress needs to pick up films that give her a better deal than this, if she is to rise to the industry's top tiers. The same goes for the other players here, with the likes of Yashpal Sharma and Paresh Ganatra wasted in tiresome roles. Nassar is unconvincing as Bihari don, Baapji, especially with a thick southern accent clouding his Hindi, while the other antagonist, Baapji's brother Tilla, played by another southie, Supreeth, has been dubbed for.

60

Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Dailybhaskar

While you can’t tell one Akshay Kumar from the other in this film, you obviously can’t tell this film from any other action hit from recent or distant past either. That’s what a dead formula film is supposed to be. Going by box-office figures, the producers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV, are certain this is what the audiences currently desire. They probably do. Is this what they deserve? I’m not sure. Enough explosions occur for the price of one ticket, thank you very much. “Don’t angry me,” roars Akshay Kumar’s character again (the crook or the cop, it doesn’t matter). "Please, please don’t angry me anymore,” you pray in your head, which just can’t stop aching after a point.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

Amongst many such clichés is rowdiness that seeps through the comedy, action, romance and sundry predictable emotional moments. And the film starts with melodrama, which doesn't dip right to the end. This consistency makes Rowdy Rathore an 'entertainer' that requires no laws of story-telling, or good film-making. The attempt at symbolism is hilarious because it is expressed too literally - from raping the police to the references to the mythology of Ram and Krishna, everything is spoon-fed.

30

Not Recommended
 
 

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