When in one particular scene Sonakshi tells Akshay Shahrukh is for charisma, Amir for acting, Hrithik for good looks and Salman for his body, what are you? And Akshay replies ‘khilladi ka naam bhool gayi aap’. Yes the original khilladi is back and how! Prabhu Deva who gave Salman a much needed career altering hit with ‘Wanted’, remakes yet another Telugu super hit movie to bring back Akshay into his khilladi best.
Rowdy Rathore is nothing put pure ISO 9001 certified masala entertainer that makes no pretentions for any intellectual and critical acclaim. All it delivers is the language of ‘The Dirty Picture’ entertainment, entertainment and entertainment and it over indulges in it. The story is nothing to boast about but borrows from the 80′s mashed, remashed and rehashed formula but surprisingly for most part of the movie it manages you to keep entertained.
Akshay dons the double role of a cop and a petty thief. In first half of the movie, Shiva a small time conman is happy indulging in his petty con jobs and inbetween falls in love with Sonakshi. With no logic or reasoning and making the vintage phrase ‘love is blind’ true, Sonakshi falls in love like a magnet inspite of her knowing his con activities. Hey he confessed and so Satyameva Jayate err or is is love alone triumphs?! But the love in the air gets disturbed with the arrival of a little girl who identifies Shiva as her dad and also a bunch of murderous goons bays for his blood. Who are they and why are they behind Shiva and who is the girl? ACP Vikram Rathore gets into the picture in a rustic bad land of Bihar where the writ of Bhai ji rules (Southern veteran actor Nasser) and the movie ends with Shiva taking vengence with loudness, madness, blood and gore and alongside Akshay’s trademark antics and also couple of songs (What else is Sonakshi for? except to dance around and flaunt her flabs around waist, in a movie that offers her no other scope otherwise)
After having watched Akshay in all his hillarious best in last decade, it comes a bit difficult to adjust to his back-to-khilladi mode but then he tries his comeback well. Did I say tries his best? Yes, actually he is not to be blamed but the director Prabu Deva to force him to do some of very highly southern masala film formula on him, which the some of the southern mass super stars are fluent to do but Akki falters a bit into that persona. Yet, he tries his best and manages to shoulder the film and deliver the max impact.
The songs of Sajid-Wajid duo compliments well to the uninhibited masala quotient of the movie and the songs are hit numbers with catchy tunes and crazy lines. The movie has mass written all over it in all departments and Prabhu Deva does not get embarassed in delivering it on a over dose.
My final word Rowdy Rathore is not perfect in wholesome masala entertainment but still holds well in delivering a pasia vasool fare. Akshay reinvents a new khilladi in him albeit bit embarassing in few places but you can be guaranteed of pure filter kaapi in a strong souther flavour.