Ready For the most-awaited movie of 2012? Here comes Akshay Kumar whom he we all have been waiting to return in his best form - ACTION. Estimated to be a 60-65 crore project, Rowdy Rathore snatched much attention since its theatrical trailer had come out. Also, the tag of PRABHUDEVA encouraged many masala-movie lovers and reminded them of WANTED. It's absolutely right that the tradition of southern action and drama has made their way in Bollywood only because of Prabhudeva.
WANTED was a high-adrenaline action thriller and was a comeback movie for Salman Khan. Salman Khan started the journey of impeccable success through WANTED and hasn't failed. The same can happen for Akshay Kumar as well. I guess Prabhudeva should do something for Abhishek Bachchan now (lol). Anyway, let's go to Rowdy Rathore.
As it's in the knowledge of everybody that Rowdy Rathore is the remake of Telugu Superhit VIKRAMARKUDU (2006). VIKRAMAKUDU is the origin of the movies because it has been remade in four languages [including Rowdy Rathore] in India. S.S. Rajamouli's Telugu VIKRAMARKUDU was remade in Tamil as SIRUTHAI (2011) directed by Siva and acted by Karthi & Tamanna. It was also remade in Kannada as VEERA MADAKARI. It was also remade in Bengali as BIKRAM SINGHA - THE LION IS BACK (2012) directed by Rajib & acted by Prosenjit Chatterjee [Soon to be seen in SHANGHAI] & Richa Gangopadhyay. This movie released one week before Rowdy Rathore. And finally, It's remade in Hindi named ROWDY RATHORE starring Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha & directed by Prabhudeva. The Telugu version even had its Hindi dubbed version named PRATIGHAAT, if you watch Star Gold then you have definitely seen this one.
So, the main fact is besides the Bengali one [it released just a week before], all of the remade version worked so-so in Box-Office as well as the main Telugu movie. Will Rowdy Rathore prove much much better than the originals?
Rowdy Rathore is like vintage wine that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. So even the look and feel of the movie is very similar to 90's, the entertainment content in the movie and nearly everything can be enjoyed at any stake. By Rowdy Rathore, Prabhudeva brings back the action we have seen in 80's or 90's.
Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Shatrunghna Sinha, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty even our Akshay Kumar were the macho action heroes in late 80's and 90's. But the same feeling can be thoroughly enjoyed through Rowdy Rathore if you can see the action format and drama portion in the movie. Even songs like 'Chammak Challo Chhel Chabeli", "Tera Ishq Bada Teekha", "Dhadang Dhang" have the 90's feel.
Shiva [Akshay Kumar] is a small-time con man who falls in love with Priya [Sonakshi Sinha]. Into this picture perfect world enters six-year-old Neha, who inexplicably believes Shiva to be her dad. And if this wasn't bad enough, Shiva also becomes the object of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals who seem to know something he doesn't. While trying desperately to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret. A secret that will take him to a small town in Bihar; a town terrorized by a ruthless person [Nassar].
Prabhudeva does a fine job here and possibly better than WANTED in the field of creativity. WANTED was a dark and grimy present time action movie. But Rowdy Rathore has vivid colorful executions, the perfect 90's feel in every sense and ruthless action sequences as well as the dramatic parts.
Cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil leaves a mark. Costumes are not a vital part but Niharika Khan & Prarthana Chadha's sleek costume designing comes to notice through many pretty outfits of Sonakshi Sinha. Even though Akshay Kumar's clothes don't leave a mark, but who can forget the 'Rangeela Coat's of Colorful Pants wore by Akshay Kumar in 'Chinta Ta'. Shiraz Ahmed does a noble work by doing some alteration in the main story. Sanjay Sankla's editing is top notch. Choreography is a damn good advantage of the movie as Bosco Martis, Saroj Khan and none other than Prabhudeva have left their mark here. That's why the songs are a delight to watch. Background scores by Sandeep Chowta impress.
Dialogues by Shiraz Ahmed is perfect. After SINGHAM, such daring one-liners took place again in Bollywood. "Ilaaka Tera Dhamaka Mera", "Apun ka Phatka 440 ka Jhatka" and so on.
Sajid-Wajid's music yet again leaves great mark after Housefull 2. The perfect combination of South and west can be easily witnessed in their music. Tracks like "Chinta Ta Chita Chita", "Dhadang Dhang", "Chammak Challo" and "Aa Re Pritam Pyaare" work wonders for the movie and saves the energetic feel in the movie.
And one another extraordinary element of the movie is action directed by Anal Arasu. The films has three main action sequences. In the interval by Vikram Rathore, In the flashback portion by Vikram Rathore and in the climax by Shiva. The action scenes are sure to leave mark on your brains and hearts. The moves and techniques are awesome and makes incredible similarity with Southern hard-hitting action movies.
Get ready to see Akshay Kumar in his top form. Besides his excellent comic timing, his ability as a prime-time entertainer resurrects through Rowdy Rathore. Akshay plays a double role in the movie. Shiva, a thief and Vikram Rathore, a tough no-nonsense cop. While Shiva is a entertaining role, Vikram is a serious, violent and angry cop which reminds me of Akshay Kumar in "Main Khiladi Tu Anadi", "Sangharsh" etc. The monumental act by Akshay Kumar takes the movie to new heights.
Sonakshi plays a hot and sweet chick, different from her role in Dabangg. But this time also she handles her role very skillfully and her Indian traditional image yet again suits her.
Paresh Ganatra as Shiva's buddy is funny and witty. Nassar as the antagonist manages to handle his part very strategically. The actor who plays Nassar's brother does well even his role is very succinct. Others like Mushtaq Khan, Yashpal Sharma, Gurdeep & Darshan Jariwala do their parts well. The child artist playing Vikram Rathore's daughter is very sweet. Kareena Kapoor, Prabhudeva's appearance shine the moments.
On the whole, Rowdy Rathore is not star-studded but Akshay Kumar proves that he alone is enough to handle proficiently. Rowdy Rathore is gratification for the masses but will be hugely disappointing for those who are not compatible with immature entertainment. If you are a Akshay Kumar fan, please go watch it. If you love masala movies, keep this one in your must-watch list. Others who seek matured concept can easily skip this one. On the whole, Rowdy Rathore, just like its name is rumbustious and wanton and hits hard on where it's supposed to, entertainment.