80's ki Aulaad...
Remember the 80s where masala films would dominate the industry with Big B ruling on one side with big banners and stars like Jeetendra (south remakes like himmatwala,justice chaudhary) Dharmendra (multistarrer action flicks like hukumat, loha, aag hi aag) and shatrughan Sinha (dialogue driven dramas) having their own phases. Their main agenda was paisa-vasool entertainment for their fans, full of action, comedy and tadka of foot-tapping music. Soon, things changed and action potboilers got relegated to single screens, competing with Mithun da's B-grade potboilers instead.
But in last few years, the genre has been revived with super-success of films like wanted, Ghajini and singham. Let's see if Rowdy rathore is another pleasant addition to the list, or ends up being a mere clone cashing in on the fad.
Story despite being already made in 4 other languages, has shades of 80s masala flicks like hukumat. Mawaali, thanedaar and many more. The film lacks a thick plot but works well individually in most of its action and comedy scenes. One would enjoy scenes like Akshay sharing money with
Paresh, all the robbery scenes, Pre interval, Akshay bashing goons at station, Akki at bhaiji's place, Akki speech over fear, Akki meet Nasser, Sonakshi scaring goons. On the flip side, the film has very strong south-Indian flavour. Also, the emotional scenes between Akshay and his daughter slow down the pace. As mentioned above, the lack of a proper plot keeps nagging somewhere at the back of ur mind but thanks to the entertainment quotient, we enjoy our time. The one-liners, esp. In the 2nd half rock and would surely catch up among college crowd. Camera work is average but the locations in the 2nd half are breath-taking. Editing could have better.
music by Said-Wajid is foot-tapping and goes well with the feel of the film. Songs like ' Chinta ta' and ' Dhanan dhan' will definitely stay with us for their Dhinchak element. 'Pritam pyare' will earn Good amount of CHILLAR coins at single screens. Other songs are fine, but not at par with these.
Director Prabhudeva had captured the single-screen audience's pulse in Wanted very well and succeeds here as well, though never reaching the Wanted level. He blends comedy and action to create a very spicy cocktail. Only if he had worked a little more on his script, we would have a fully satisfying meal.
Akshay kumar shines as Vikram rathore and is adorable as Shiva. Watch out for the final scenes where his action-comedy works, as opposed to his 2009 debacle chandni chowk to China, which was made on similar note but failed to click. Sonakshi tries a more colorful role than Dabaang and is just average.Naseer fails as the main villain; one definitely missed Prakash raj. Paresh gayatri is very enjoyable. Yashpal sharma, Anand jog, Darshan Jhariwal, Mushtaq Khan and others hardly had any scope.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi'.. is film mein kitna hai dum??
Dum hai, kaafi dum hai.. on the entertaiment part, but if you expect any logic or path breaking cinema then this film is not your cup of tea. If you are an ardent fan of 80's masala entertainers, then go and relive those moments.
Ratings - 3.5/5