Rowdy Rathore is a mindless film which is capable to strangle you to death, after all it’s a Chintata Chita Chita Moment for all audiences.
To make a film you need two most basic people; one the producer and the other is the director. You know what happens to a person when he has a lot of money and doesn’t know where to spend it…? Well, you come up with a movie like Rowdy Rathore.
Ask Sanjay Leela Bhansali and probably he also thinks same. It’s an out an out commercial movie with no story and zero plot. It’s a string less film that has the potentiality to strangle you as an audience and if you are really going for it then let me give you a statutory warning: GO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And you still go after this then I’ll assume you to be a hardcore suicidal material.
Anyway, let’s talk about the film’s story. The premise of the film is quite similar to that of the films that we used to see in the late 80s and early 90s. Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a petty thief/ crook and gets the thrill out of duping people. He falls head-over-heels in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), whom he first meets on the footpath of Mumbai and then at a wedding (needless to say he crashed into it). The story takes a twist after a six-year-old Neha enters into the picture and claims that Shiva is her father and starts calling her “Papa…papa…papa.” Trust me after a certain point, it becomes very irritating as an audience and you start hating the word ‘Papa’. Anyway, the same goes with Shiva too as he decides to find out the truth behind the girl’s claim that finally unveils the mystery of the story and reveals another Akshay Kumar whose name is Vikram Rathore (And he can jump from 6th floor without damaging any of his body parts). If you see the character of Vikram Rathore, it’s quite similar to that of Jaadoo in Koi Mil Gaya. Vikram Rathore is suffering from a cerebral disease and gets cerebral attacks but whenever he puts water on his head he gets completely ok. So as Jaadoo needed sunlight in order to regain his powers, likewise ASP Vikram Rathore needs water.
As a film, Rowdy Rathore is packed with brutal action scenes shot in ultra slow-motion along with cheesy humor and regressive drama. The problem isn’t that the film is merely mindless, but that it revels in making you squirm uncomfortably. For example in one of the scenes, after a police officer’s wife been kidnapped and raped by the villain’s son, the helpless police officer accompanied by his little kids begs for her release, only to watch the rapist tell his father that he isn’t done with the woman yet, and will return her to her husband in two days.
A buxom Sonakshi Sinha, seems to exist in the film only to have her midriff repeatedly pinched by Akshay Kumar. Frankly speaking, I am yet to understand why the hell on earth Sonakshi signed the film. Well, probably to learn some dancing tips from Prabhudeva and Saroj Khan…but I wonder who would be interested in learning such dance steps??
As a film Rowdy Rathore is way too long to handle. In other words, it’s an apt film to test your patience. Though second half of the film is bit better because of few funny one-liners and the of course Akshay’s style of presentation as we all know he’s good in funny characters. But to be honest, this film doesn’t have half the energy of Prabhudeva’s last directorial outing in Hindi, the Salman Khan starrer Wanted.
Overall, Rowdy Rathore is an out-and-out cheap movie with zero honesty and has been made to rob moviegoers of their money. I still wonder what made a Sanjay Leela Bhansali to produce such a film. A question that’s still hammering my brain and given a chance, I will definitely ask him and whatever explanation he’ll give, it will be hard for me to believe and probably I’ll end up saying, “Are You Comeding Me!!!”
Ratings: * / 5