Synopsis: Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small time conman in love with Paro(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 girl 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 Patna; a town terrorized by its ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls; a town whose inhabitants’ only hope for redemption is…Shiva!
Review: The South Indian Film Industry thrives on the so called ‘chavanni chap’ films, where the hero can beat up ten goons with one single blow. He can send the villain flying in the air without not so much as a scratch on himself. Why do these films do so well one may wonder? Same reason why the likes of Batman and Spiderman films do so well abroad and in India. Hard working adults or tender minded children, we all have our own reasons, but we all love heroes. Even when they obviously defy all logic.
There is a common perception among movie buffs that people who enjoy the ‘Dabaang’ category of cinema do not fall under the intelligent movie-goer category. That, my friends, is a myth and needs to be busted. There is a different kind of fun that one attaches to the south remakes or the now popularly known as the ‘Dabaang’ type of cinema. To sit in the front row and whistle at fight scenes. Or watch the reaction of the men sitting around you when the heroine is first introduced. It’s fun, it’s whistle worthy, it’s hero worship and it’s paisa wasool. And to all my so called intellectual/higher mortals, it rakes in the moolah and not to mention stressbusting madness than the entire nation loves.
Having said so much in defense of the commercial ‘Dabaang’ and ‘Singham’ category of cinema, you must have already guessed that ‘Rowdy Rathore’ is just that – commercial, whistle worthy, dangerous dialogue spewing, rigorous fight scenes, plenty of songs with the heroine etc. What’s the point of discussing the story anyway. The story doesn’t matter much in this kind of cinema. What matters is that you have fun watching the hero trash the goons with abnormal, super heroic strength and rescue the sweet looking heroine while he saves the day yet again.
But let’s delve into the story anyway. So, Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small time thief, who along with his side kick robs people of their cell phones, wallets, jewellary etc. His attention is caught by the lovely looking new girl in town, Paro (Sonashki Sinha). Paro is simple girl from Patna who’s in Mumbai for a cousin’s wedding. One rowdy song and one romantic song later, the duo fall in love. But their love story is interrupted when a little abandoned girl finds her way into one of the boxes stolen by Shiva. Co-incidentally, Shiva is a look alike of the little girl’s father, who is a brave and heroic police inspector worshiped by many in a small town in Patna. Shiva takes her in and treats her like his own daughter, soon developing a special bond with her. Sadly inspector Vikram Rathod has suffered injuries in his fight against the ‘gunda raj’ that plagues the town and its people. Will the inspector lose his life? Will Shiva come to his rescue? What happens to the people of the town? What happens to the little girl if her father dies? What if the inspector survives? Will they join forces and fight the kingpin of the town? What about Paro?
Watch the film to find out. Personally, I enjoyed most of it. There are more than a couple of whistle worthy scenes. The story leaves loopholes and is tied together rather shoddily. It a strange way it also feels like a patch work of different films. Some of them include a bridge scene from ‘Sholay’ and a hang to death from a tree scene from ‘Agneepath’. But who cares, it’s entertaining. Performance-wise, Akshay Kumar is a bankable actor and he proves it again. Sonakshi replenishes her ‘Dabaang’ charm.. So, all in all a fun watch. First half drags a bit, but picks up nicely in the second half. Even so, it’s paisa wasool. Prabhudheva’s directorial venture proved to be fruitful after all, at least in my opinion. Let’s see if it rakes in the moolah at the box office.
Verdict: It’s a fun, whistle worthy, commercial entertainer. If you’re looking for good time pass, this is it.