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Indians, as has been the tradition, have always had a thing for melodrama. We tend to spice up the simplest of things with hyperbole, and that is where the recent trend of hit Bollywood films comes from. Reviving the age-old Bollywood tradition of one-man army, comes Rowdy Rathore, and it does not disappoint even the most avid movie viewer. (Do not be put off by the name!)
Now, make no mistake. This movie is as cliched as it comes, and it has no original script. Apparently, the scenes have been taken frame-by-frame from a South film, but hey, as long as the movie is good, who cares? The mantra nowadays seems to be: An all-conquering, all-powerful macho protagonist; physics-defying action stunts and larger-than-life cliched one-liners. And, Rowdy Rathore takes the simple formula of bringing it all together in a neat little package.
So, Akshay Kumar is at his witty best, playing the funky thief at the start of the movie, and is sure to get you rolling-on-the-floor with his antics. If not, well, check your sense of humor, no offense. Throw in the mix Sonakshi Sinha, the ‘phuljari from Patna‘ as a song claims, and you have a classic Bollywood start. But, just as love songs, and romantic scenes start to feel a little constricting, the filmmakers throw a nice little twist, which sets the platform for the rest of the movie. And, from hereon in, the movie goes into serious undertones, as stakes rise and things start to heat up. The bad guys are well, very bad, but Akshay counters them by being pretty badass in the second part of the film. Akshay Kumar, who has been making flops for some time now, has always had the problem of finding a perfect balance between his witty charms and his ‘khiladi‘ persona. Here, the filmmakers do it almost perfectly. The movie has it all- fights, humor, script, plot, emotions, item numbers etc. etc.
Prabhu Deva’s direction does not feel stale at any point, and there is always a vibrancy in the scenes, which keeps you hooked on. He has used the slow-mo action, very common in Hollywood, and has used it to very good effect. The action, though over-the-top, feels right at home, and in fact, seems kinda toned down, compared to Ghajini, Dabangg, et al. Rowdy Rathore is very similar to last year’s blockbuster Singham, although is funnier in comparison, though loses out on the villain front.
Make no mistake, this movie is full of cliches, the best of yesteryear’s, but then even Avengers had them. However, it is an entertaining ride, that is sure to draw in the audiences in the coming weeks. Akshay Kumar has surely delivered a hit after long, and if you want to spend the warm evening in the comfort of AC, watching an entertaining movie, laughing while you munch on some popcorn, Rowdy Rathore is the way to go.