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Rowdy Rathore  (2012 - Hindi)

Rowdy Rathore cumulative rating: 2.75 out of 52.75/5 (252 users)

Rowdy Rathore critics rating: 2.45 out of 5 2.45/5 (14 critics)

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Rowdy Rathore is the kind of movie that's made by people with a cash register in place of their brain. Because no legitimate reason, other than financial gain, can justify why this movie was made – it has no story or plot whatsoever, the characters are entirely forgettable, and it's so long and loud and silly that the laughs dry up early on. That the film has such impressive pedigree – it's produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, directed by Prabhudeva, and stars Akshay Kumar – is both baffling and shamefulmore

On the whole, ROWDY RATHORE is designed to magnetize the masses in hordes. The accurate blend of action, emotions, drama and humor, besides a superlative performance by Akshay Kumar, makes this motion picture an immensely pleasurable and delightful movie watching experience. If you savor typical masaledaar fares, this one should be on your have-to-watch listing for certain. Dhamaal entertainer! more

In case I get a spelling wrong, that's because my ears are still ringing with all the seetis and taalis at Rowdy Rathore. The film's an unabashed, gunpowder-hot, sambar-spiced star-vehicle which runs along energetically most of the time because its star - Akshay Kumar, essaying a double role as Rathore and Shiva - is worth it, something that's emphasized often. At one point, a girl asks Shiva, pursuing pretty Paaro (Sinha) from Patnamore

It's old hat. Or old vardi, if you will. We've seen it all before and apparently ? going by the numbers generated by Ghajini, Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready and Singham -- that's what we want. A good meaty chunk of pointless predictability, brutal violence avenged by even more sadistic violence, and one-liners than make no sense: everything serving only to prostrate the film at the feet of the star, making him the all-powerful messiahmore

Akshay Kumar is back at his boisterous best. The first thing that hits you with ROWDY RATHORE is Akshay's absolute conviction of the characters he has to play. Throwing caution to wind, he fights, dances and romances with gay abandon. Watching him light the screen on fire is like watching a Chris Gayle type of T-20 innings totally in control, whacking anything and anyone in his sight... an out-and-out entertainer. ROWDY RATHORE is the remake of the smash Telugu hit VIKRAMARKUDUmore

This one has two Akshay Kumar but is not half as entertaining. There is practically no physical or personality difference between the two, other than a tiny tweak to their moustache. Also the film never uses the double role formula to its advantage - neither are the two mutually interchanged nor are they together through the film. Mr. Rowdy just steps into Rathore's shoes in the final few reels and what we see is Singham summarized once againmore

An air of unabashed, if generally harmless, imbecility pervades Rowdy Rathore. With very little substance to play around with, the film spreads itself dangerously thin. But even when it teeters on the brink of snapping point, it hurtles along like an armoured vehicle on four flat tyres. It makes much din but covers little ground. Let’s hand it to director Prabhu Deva. He throws every trick that he knows in the book into this predictable remix of a Telugu hit more

Woe. Just look at that crotch potato. Scratching away obscenely, he grins that an abducted woman should pleasure him for a couple of nights more. Snore. Potato’s big brother, who displays Dracula teeth, assents, “Sure, sure.” Get set, then, for sadistic violence galore. What a splash of gore! Rowdy Rathore, directed by dance machine Prabhu Deva and produced by romanticist Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a head-crusher, ear-basher, in sum a helzapoppin’ yawntertainermore

Rowdy Rathore is the remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu. Shiva (Akshay Kumar), a small-time thief in Mumbai, falls in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a girl from Patna, who is in Mumbai to attend a marriage. Shiva makes his way into Priya’s heart and she also starts loving him. Shiva tells her the truth about him being a thief and resolves to give up crime forever. But before that, he decides to swindle one last person for a large sum of moneymore

“[Pitaji] kaha karte thhe ki manushya ko apne aadarshon aur moochhon ka uchit aadar karna chahiye,” (Father used to say that a man must respect his principles and his moustaches), went Amol Palekar’s brilliant faux-soulful paean to the moustache in the original Golmaal. “Moustache is the mirror of human soul and mind, moochh toh mann ka darpan hai.” In a cleverer, kinder universe, Rowdy Rathore might have been a 21st century comic tributemore

Woe. Just look at that crotch potato. Scratching away obscenely, he grins that an abducted woman should pleasure him for a couple of nights more. Snore. Potato’s big brother, who displays Dracula teeth, assents, “Sure, sure.” Get set, then, for sadistic violence galore. What a splash of gore! Rowdy Rathore, directed by dance machine Prabhu Deva and produced by romanticist Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is a head-crusher, ear-basher, in sum a helzapoppin’ yawntertainermore

Here's one more strange and brand new Bollywood formula in case you haven't noticed it already – the art of inspired imitations! A few years back, a producer in Bollywood had a bulb flashing inside his head -- he wanted to re-make a Tamil fillum and make the same thing seem like a Bollywood story. He made a crappy movie. Bollywood didn't give up, somebody tried that formula again and he too failed miserably. But somewhere, somebody down the line againmore

Prabhudheva's 'Rowdy Rathore' is a typical masala film, packed with romance, drama, melodrama and lots of action. The film is loaded with Tamil-style punch lines, slow motion action sequences where blood quietly trickles on to dusty ground and menacing-looking villains who live in a Ramgarh-styled (remember, Sholay) haunt. The protagonist is a smart small time conman who is ready to mend his ways when he falls in lovemore

When Akshay Kumar fashions himself a sudarshan chakra (the ultimate weapon of destructive in Indian mythology) from a broken bamboo stick and some construction equipment and uses it to slay 20 men with axes and knives, you know “Rowdy Rathore” isn’t aiming for realistic cinema. Once you reconcile yourself to that and realise that director Prabhu Deva is channeling his inner Rajnikanth, you can sit back and enjoy the Ray-Bans, nubile dancersmore