Film Review: Rowdy Rathore

An unintelligible movie with terrific action sequences, Rowdy Rathore has Akshay Kumar in a double role. One Akshay Kumar is Shiva, a thief who dons a police uniform and steals from people with the help of his accomplice, and the other is Vikram Rathore – a real cop, a one-man army who can send any number of opponents reeling.

The film has a story written for the sole purpose of all the events leading to fight scenes, which is great, except that no excuses or reasons are required when the action is so good. Prabhudeva’s wackiness is apt for the choreography, but as a filmmaker, he can please only the masses. Still, Rowdy Rathore is easier on the senses than his previous directorial outing Wanted.

Rowdy Rathore has a few amusing moments: 1) When the full-bodied Sonakshi Sinha, who has more to do than she did in Dabangg, is about the plunge into the well to save Akshay Kumar from drowning, he screams, “Don’t jump on me!” 2) A chorus of “Don’t angry me!” thumps with suitable beats as Akshay Kumar blows up vehicles belonging to the village’s chief tormentor.

The other attempts at comedy aren’t good, but Rowdy Rathore isn’t as bad as expected. Surprisingly, even the forced lines and unnecessary songs don’t grate the nerves. Rowdy Rathore is that rare Akshay Kumar movie which doesn’t drain your brain. There should’ve been funny scenes between the two Akshay Kumars, instead of the cop dying after the interval and the thief taking up police duty and the daughter’s responsibility, because the film falls flat whenever it tries to tug at the heartstrings.

Rowdy Rathore is a dumb movie that could have been fun to watch.


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7 Responses to “Film Review: Rowdy Rathore”

  1. 1 Chinta-ta-taa
    June 1, 2012 at 08:46

    Sanjay Leela Bhansali out to make money.


  2. 2 Phookan
    June 1, 2012 at 14:04

    It’s dumb, but I didn’t mind it.


  3. 3 Anonymous
    August 1, 2012 at 05:36



  4. November 11, 2012 at 19:08

    As a thumb rule, any movie that features Akshay Kumar is worth avoiding. He wasn’t too bad early in his career when he did masala movies like Mohra, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Khiladiyon ka Khiladi etc. but for last 7-8 years, he’s become very unlikable, loud and really cliched. I know he continues to deliver a lot of hits but somebody needs to politely tell him to quit while the going is good….sometimes I feel all these ageing actors, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Aamir Khan really need to quit at the peak of their careers. They should consider character roles like Amitabh Bachchan does…let the next generation of superstars emerge from their shadows.


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