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Some witty lines and their perfect delivery try to compensate for the complete lack of plot and logic. But, the good news for the makers is their target audience isn't looking for logic or cohesion. It is looking for a good time in the theaters by laughing at the silliness and that's what the Rowdy Rathore delivers for them.Read more
Exactly as you'd expect, Rowdy Rathore is a mix of a clever lines delivered in a rowdy style and much melodrama. The action is every bit macho and played out with much gusto. And exactly as you'd expect, Rowdy Rathore hasn't an iota of logic to its paper-thin story. So, yes for the fan of masala and Akshay Kumar, it's a package worth every bit of the ticket money. For others like us, it's exactly as you'd expect - a few laughs at the silliness of it all.
Amidst the silliness though, you are introduced to Shiva (Akshay Kumar), a petty crook, who doesn't mind letting the world know he is a thief, and hates children; and has no qualms when he thugs his friend. In fact, you are given an example of each to establish his character. And just when you begin to admire the consistency of his character even though he's the 'supposed' hero of the film, you are asked to lose hope of any major character development. For seemingly no rhyme or reason, he chooses to tolerate a child who he's annoyed with rather than have his way.
When the lead character is given such shabby treatment, we didn't really think the female lead would be accorded any respect, did we? Not with a title like Rowdy Rathore. While Shiva's lady love, Priya (Sonakshi Sinha) is thrown in and out of the screenplay, as per convenience, Sonakshi herself does little with what her role offers. She lacks grace in the dance and is equally rowdy. However, in this age of Kareena's and Katrinas, her rubenesque proportions are a welcome change. It's a shame then that it looked like they chose to go for a 'waist double' for close-ups of her supposedly slippery waist. That or she breathed out really hard for those close-ups. There is little damage control she could've done in the couple of scenes she is handed down towards the end.Then you have a few villains who thrive on humiliating people - men, women and children alike; weaker the better. Living in the heart of the country, no law applies to them.
Amongst many such clichés is rowdiness that seeps through the comedy, action, romance and sundry predictable emotional moments. And the film starts with melodrama, which doesn't dip right to the end. This consistency makes Rowdy Rathore an 'entertainer' that requires no laws of story-telling, or good film-making. The attempt at symbolism is hilarious because it is expressed too literally - from raping the police to the references to the mythology of Ram and Krishna, everything is spoon-fed.
What I did like though is that amid a lot of the violence, child artists were largely protected from being a part of it or even witness to it. But that there are a couple of scenes where children to witness utmost brutality makes me wonder if it was by design or coincidence.
But that's a small reward (if it can even be called that!) for seeing Akshay Kumar as Shiva dressed in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, lime greens and purples. You can only imagine how loud the background score is to go with these bright colors.
But I do get it that that's the central theme - loudness. While Rowdy Rathore is certainly not a film I'd recommend, but it has a carved audience of people who aren't going to wait for any such recommendation.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...The accurate blend of action, emotions, drama and humor, besides a superlative performance by Akshay Kumar, makes this an immensely pleasurable and delightful movie watching experience... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial, Glamsham.com : ...ROWDY RATHORE has a storyline, unlike a few of the past Bollywood blockbusters that rode heavily on customized fight sequences. More importantly, Prabhu Deva has the pulse of the audience.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi : ...Dialogues, penned by Shiraz Ahmed, are outstanding at places and alright at others. All in all, the script works because of the action and the comedy... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...Lovely cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil's adds to the brilliance. Music composers Sajid-Wajid deserve applause for a tremendous album of songs. ... full review
So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...It’s loud, ostentatious, gaudy, banal, and repeatedly teeters on the brink of imbecility, but then Akshay Kumar, the comedian, comes to the party and rescues the film just when the wheels threaten to come off. Credit to him, the film isn’t the disaster it could have been.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all ROWDY RATHORE satisfies you mid-way with only a great & entertaining second half wherein Akshay performs in his full form as the action hero.... full review
So-So, by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood : ...Technically, the cinematography was great, but the camerawork ranged from experimental to annoying at best, what with those crash zooms making us mad. The music and lyrics are dated and the background score fits in well with the music. ... full review
So-So, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...With plenty of opportunities to laugh at or laugh with the proceedings, this crude, noisy variety of entertainment reminds of the masala fare of the 80s... full review
So-So, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...'Rowdy Rathore' is a typical masala film, packed with romance, drama, melodrama and lots of action. The film is loaded with Tamil-style punch lines, slow motion action sequences where blood quietly trickles on to dusty ground and menacing-looking villains... full review
Thumbs down, by Kshitij , Desi Martini : ...just another retro masala entertainer. With obnoxious villains, forced humour & really really really loud audio, it will tire you out by the end of it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...A loud background score enough to induce a headache, a rotund Sonakshi Sinha, a sleep walking Akshay with fake mustaches (visible clearly in many a scene) and absolutely nothing in the name of a story... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Rowdy Rathore is excruciatingly long. The one-liners have little impact and make no sense, and the action has a been-there-seen-that feel to it.... full review
Thumbs down, by Fatema H.Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...Everything about the film is loud – in-your-face close-ups, distorted wide-angles, loud explosions and thumping of dead bodies, endlessly screeching dialogue delivery and extremely contorted facial expressions.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...You take the masala films made in the 70s and 80s. Borrow liberally. Patch together a plot, or whatever passes for it. Rope in a star looking for a solo hit. And you get, all together now, 'Rowdy Rathore'... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...The story has gaping holes and has unintentionally illogical and absurd turns. The writing and performances are without any punches or surprises. The one-liners are platitudes which won’t extract even a chuckle... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...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.... full review
Thumbs down, by Pratim D. Gupta, The Telegraph : ...A two-and-a-half hour unmitigated assault on the senses, it is the kind of movie that makes you wonder how exactly did Indian cinema end up here in the summer of 2012.... full review
Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, Times of India : ...The lack of originality is substituted with an overdose of action with a fight sequence popping up every ten minutes in the second half.... full review
TheLameStooge: Rowdy Rathore was good (Y)
THEESAKSHIGOPAL: so watched #rowdy #rathore yesterday n its jst wow i cant stop praising @akshaykumar he is wow iam in love with him
TheBandraBoy: Rowdy Rathore, the first half dragged on a little, the second half was amazing ! Perfect for what it wants to be... a masala film...
surenderpaul786: Rowdy rathore awesome movie .....sonakshi n akshay both r superb in the movie....grt.....movie.....
siddharth4137: Rowdy Rathore was as good as Entertainment! Entertainment! Entertainment! !!
scorping: #rowdy rathore is what indian cinema is all about- masala, action, drama, comedy, item dance. Full on entertainment...
Satyamupadhyay4: Rowdy rathore one of the greatest movie
rushab_jain: ROWDY RATHORE nic movie must watch
Ronakpujari: Just saw rowdy rathore, superb comedy and action. #rowdyrathore
rohitrathi12345: Rowdy rathore awesome
rockidsboy: Saw a movie 'rowdy rathore' of akshay kumar gr8 movie:)
RahulRa29396521: rowdy rathore ... dmakedar movie ..!! :)
PVS_02: rowdy rathore rockssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pujanshah3Shah: rowdy rathore is fully fun movie
predictJaymz: 'Rowdy Rathore' - masala entertainer. Nice movie to refresh up.
prachipandey7: rowdy rathod u r awesome.loved ur movie very much
Prabhjot3469: just watched rowdy rathore.'twas rocking
prabhatdubey2: rowdy rathor it'd really rowdy rowdy rocks .......
parashah91: Watched rowdy rathore. Good. timepass movie.
neha0105: "Rowdy Rathore" fell in love with this movie.....awesomest :) :) :)
mirzasuhail45: Who didn't like rowdy rathore!! Wo Khopche mein miley.. @akshaykumar loved the movie! :*
LoveBipashaBasu: Kareena was looking sexy at ROWDY RATHORE as well as @sonakshisinha !!:) and @akshaykumar 's Sense of humor !!:D I need to watch it again:)
LalitDaga1: Grt flash back style sirji. Just rocking khiladi ji in Rowdy Rathore@akshaykumar
Kunalskepter: Rowdy Rathore, truly a rowdy film with south masala and amazing dialogues, full entertainment!!!I guess its better off for the action lovers
kmadhav: If u watched this Rowdy Rathore I BET u dat u will forget the Action of Ghazni wanted Dabbang bodyguard. @akshaykumar is superb in dis movie
kirannatt: rowdy rathore with the aunt <3 was a pretty funny movie :)
KINJALMEISHERI: ROUDY RATHORE is a faadu film... u rocked it.... More crazy for u now...
KaushalSinghKKC: its owsam movie Rowdy Rathod very good performence by akshay kumar and sonakshi.........
kanchagopal: rowdy rathore film bahut aacha hai
jnsahil101: Rowdy rathore is really rowdy... amazng movie... love 2 see it again... thnx sonakshi n akshay kumar for dis wonderful movie... thanx....
JindagiNishant: Akshay kumar superb in ROWDY RATHORE awesome mindblowing performance
jdoshi1991: Rowdy Rathore. A good entertainment flick. Live life, movie size, jumpy and careless.
jatinderpal91: Rowdy rathore...Awesum movie, nice job sir@akshaykumar
himanshu6670: Rowdy rathore is a superb film!@Akshayrealfans
gautambhalla21: Totally enjoyed Rowdy Rathore..!! Paisa Vasool entertainment..! There were whistling all the way scenes ..!
Fardeenbehlim: Rowdy Rathore is rock and is a really great action movie
centrelnaman: i like the movie rowdy rathore
bijitsinha19: rowdy rathore....awesome,,,,,sonakshi..mindblowing
ashokNshinde: nice Hindi Movie Rowdy Rathore
ARYANBHRIGUVANS: Rowdy rathod is a fabulus,fantastic and awesome movie.Akshay kumar,you are a great actor,you have done a rowdist acting
angelsoni87: I've become a big fan of Prabhu Deva... what a man... Is a very good director..Made a very good movie ' Rowdy Rathor'..superb Direction..:)
ANCHITAKSHAANSH: SONAKSHI'S AND ROUDY RATHORE IS VERY NICE MOVIE
aliceo668: I loved the movie Rowdy Rathore!! Keep it up Akshay n Sonakshi....keep doing chintaa taa taa
aishwary_shah: ACtly...ROwdY RAThoRe..is gud muvie......tHE grEaT SOutH tOUch.......... PrAbhUdEva.....nW ablE for one ONeether muvie....
aayushjain95: Rowdy RATHORE! Amazing movie! Awesome stuff by @akshaykumar aka AKKI :D :) #DontAngryMe #Rathore
AARAVMOHITKAR: ROWDY RATHORE is a very awesome movie of year ...... apun ka fatka 440 volt ka zatka ha ha ha ha......
15Harshit: WHAT A AWSM MOVIE IS ROWDY RATHORE , full of COMEDY And ACTION. YOU all must watch
ideawala: If you can bear the first half of rowdy rathore which is complete crap its actually a pretty good film.
iam_shivani: can't believe i'm saying this but Rowdy Rathore was not bad
DikoHarry: last night i see the movie rowdy rathod not good n not also bad....
XtremeLeft: This is real shock that how some movie reviewers hv given 3 stars to Rowdy Rathod, I mean movie deserve this F***
Mayurdole: 30sec of Kareena Kapoor was the only good part about rowdy rathore #movie @KareenaNo1
kapgup: Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Rowdy Rathod. You gotta be kidding me. WORST MOVIE EVER. U need help!! @akshaykumar what were you thinking??
KamathGurudutt: Rowdy Rathore pathetic, geesa-peeta, gory, headache-inducing movie. Every 5 minutes I was asking -- ye ghatiya film kab khatam hogi? Avoid.
gooner_rachit: Rowdy Rathore : a waste of time
Brahmonaut: Rowdy Rathore is so bad, that the next episode of Satyamev Jayate will address the issue of falling standards of bollywood. #SMJ
ashpathak1989: Rowdy Rathore is a crap....... It doesn't deserves more than one star in ratings..
anshul_bhat: Was not a good idea to watch Rowdy Rathore with kids. Nightmares :-(
ahsandaredia: I am now convinced that Akshaye Kumar is the worst actor alive. Rowdy Rathore ne dhimaag ka halwa bana diya hai. 2/10
0M17: when we thought Akshak Kumar couldn't get any worse after Tashan & Tees maar khan.. here comes the Rowdy Rathore. fuck off man! faltu movie
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sunny : Entertaining, Southie touch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Great Dumb Fun - Dom't Take It Seriously, and You'll Have a Ball!
So-So, by Anuj
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Shiva is a small-time pick-pocket thriving in Mumbai. Vikram Rathore is a valiant, honest officer in a little village in the heartland and is presumed dead by the villains of the village. Shiva looks like Vikram.