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Rowdy Rathore (2012)   Genre: Action

Rowdy Rathore
Genre: Action
Release date: June 01, 2012(India)
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Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small time conman in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. 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 its ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls; a town whose inhabitants’ only hope for redemption is Shiva.
Director: Prabhu Deva

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Critics Reviews :  13 Reviews Average Ratings: 5.2

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OneIndia
OneIndia
OneIndia
After tickling the audiences with his wit and humour for years, now our very own Khiladi Akshay Kumar is back with raw action in his latest release Rowdy Rathore. Directed by the dance guru Prabhi Deva, Rowdy Rathore is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster Vikramarkudu. Rowdy Rathore is a full-blown masala entertainer, that will surely impress you with Akki's desi punches, colourful songs and lots of romance.
Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama
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 typicalmasaledaarfares, this one should be on your have-to-watch listing for certain.Dhamaalentertainer!
8
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 – song, dance, crass humour, romance, thunderous action and a fearless supercop out to outsmart a bunch of murderous marauders. It’s the good old unstoppable all-or-nothing approach. Prabhu Deva obviously has no faith in any form of subtlety. He goes the whole hog and revels in unbridled excess every step of the way. Actually, for a film of this kind, a cross between Dabangg and Singham with stray traces of Agneepath, over-the-top methods are par for the course. Some of them do pass muster. Rowdy Rathore is a shrill action flick designed to help Akshay Kumar return to his hit-making ways. Accept that obvious intent and you might actually end up enjoying certain parts of the film against your own better counsel. Isn’t that the effect that many a Bollywood potboiler of the 1980s would have on us? Yes, Rowdy Rathore employs narrative elements that hark back to a bygone era of Bollywood potboilers: two men who look like each other without any apparent reason, a bunch of baddies that snarl and snap at the slightest provocation and indulge in rape and pillage with abandon, and the good old back-from-the-dead revenge seeker who goes back dispensing rough-and-ready justice.The only surprise that the film springs is in the opening credits: SLB, maker of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, is one of the producers of this no-holds-barred entertainer designed for easy mass consumption.The first half of the film ambles through an hour and a bit of mostly insignificant narrative detail, including the circumstances in which the male protagonist, a small-time Mumbai conman Shiva (Akshay Kumar), meets and falls in love with Paro (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl from Patna who is in town for a wedding. It is only in the second half that Rowdy Rathore gets down to serious business as the action moves to a hamlet called Devgarh where a rural tyrant, Baapji (Tamil character actor Nasser), calls the shots. Cops shiver in front of him and his lecherous men, and a minister dances to his tune. The villagers are mere lambs to the slaughter. Away from this hell-hole, Shiva is taken by surprise when a little girl mistakes him for her father. After with a life-threatening attack on him by a gang of goons, he decides to get to the bottom of things. He discovers that the girl’s father was actually a random doppelganger, a lookalike police officer who is eventually killed before the crook’s eyes by the rustic gang.Shiva assumes the garb of the dead policeman, transforms into a violent rabble-rouser and goes all out to avenge the murder. The film’s romantic track is mere window-dressing – it offers the director a pretext to stage a couple of song and dance set pieces that only serve to slow down the film’s pace. You know what is coming next – the hero’s beloved and the dead cop’s daughter are abducted by the villains and the policeman who is masquerading as one takes the law into his own hands and sends the bad guys scurrying for cover. The thing about a film like Rowdy Rathore is that it lets the viewer stay a step ahead of the action, which is a perfect recipe for an instant connect with the masses.Riddled with an array of loud, lame and specious contrivances, Rowdy Rathore plays out pretty much like a comic-book fantasy rendered in the form of a live-action film. Go for it if you must, but don’t expect the earth from it.
5
Komal Nahata
Komal Nahata
KoiMoi
On the whole, Rowdy Rathore is entertaining in parts. You’ll enjoy it if you do not have too many expectations. Watch out for the return of Akshay Kumar to some serious comedy and action!
6
Zee News
Zee News
Zee News
The premise of the film may be good, but the treatment is that of a typical south Indian pot boiler. No harm in that either, just that most of the scenes lack logic. The violence is gory and in some places cringe-worthy.
4
Nauman Ahmed
Nauman Ahmed
NG.com
ACTION N COMEDY KING Rocks as ROWDY RATHORE a must watch
8
Blessy Chettiar
Blessy Chettiar
DNA India
Akshay’s me-too is fun while it lasts. Watch it for him, lest he feels bad for jumping on the South remake bandwagon too late to get any attention.
4
Khalid Mohamed
Khalid Mohamed
Deccan Chronicle
Bottomwhine: Rowdy Rathore leaves you exhausted, as if you’d come out of a war zone. Recuperate in peace.
4
Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times
Rowdy Rathore beats you to a pulp, cinematically. It’s a relentless assault that kicks in as soon as the credit titles roll. Directed by Prabhu Deva, this is the fourth remake of the story about a super-strong police officer named Vikram Singh Rathore, who twirls his moustache and smashes baddies into the ground. He is transferred to a village in Bihar, which is so lawless that a baddie kidnaps a police officer’s wife and systematically rapes her over many days. The baddie’s father and uncle, both glowering, unwashed and vicious, run the place. So the cop has to beg the father to return his wife, even as she stands, sobbing, with the rapist son in clear view of everyone. Needless to say, Vikram Singh Rathore starts to clean up the joint. But when Rathore is killed in battle, a small time conman named Shiva, who just happens to look exactly like him, takes his place. Logic, of course, is the last priority here. The idea is to have fun and revel in a purposefully over-the-top, kitschy, retro-movie. So Akshay swaggers in slow motion and Sonakshi Sinha provides oomph with close-ups of her waist. Shiva refers to her as “meraa maal.” Is this entertaining? Not for me. There were a few fun moments. For instance, Shiva is such a smooth thief that he casually steals cell phones even as people are still talking on them. But these are few and far between. Mostly, Rowdy Rathore alternates between ugly violence and crude comedy or rude romance. The film is one more in the line of movies — many of which are remakes from the south — that value masala above all else. But Dabangg and even Wanted, the latter of which was also directed by Prabhu Deva, were far more cohesive and compelling. Rowdy Rathore is pure noise. Only the brave should venture in. (You can watch Anupama Chopra review the latest releases on The Front Row, every Friday at 8.30 pm on Star World)
2
Raja Sen
Raja Sen
www.rediff.com
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 messiah who can alone deliver us from boredom if we applaud loud enough.
4
Mansha Rastogi
Mansha Rastogi
Nowrunning
Rowdy Rathore is a heavy dose of Bollywood masala movie which will be loved by the audience who fancy such preposterous outings. But this film is definitely not for the intelligentsia.
4
Martin D'Souza
Martin D'Souza
www.glamsham.com
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.
8

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