After giving Salman Khan one of his biggest box office successes ever with the masala movie Wanted a few years ago, South Indian director Prabhu Deva returns in an attempt to do the same for Akshay Kumar with Rowdy Rathore.
Taking the hit Telugu film
Vikramarkudu of six years ago, Deva takes advantage of the perfect comedy timing that Akshay has developed as well as his action hero talents in the two roles he plays in the film.
The first is that of Shiva, a small-time conman who can steal anything off anyone in a flash while still convincing them of his good intentions and innocence.
Then Shiva is smitten when the love bug strikes over Priya (Sonakshi Sinha); confesses to her what he really is and agrees to change his ways immediately. But fate strikes a different blow.
Suddenly a young girl enters the scene, calling Shiva Daddy, and he is forced to look after her. When Priya sees this, she decides that Shiva has conned her again and leaves. But even worse is ahead for Shiva as he gets involved in a rural village where the cruel despot played by veteran South Indian actor Nasser rules by instilling fear in everyone, including the police. That’s when Akshay’s second character, Rowdy Rathore, comes into play as he seeks vengeance for the villagers by empowering them in a different way.
Sonakshi is good in the parts she does appear in, but the chemistry between her and Akshay is nowhere near that she had on screen with Salman Khan in her debut in Dabangg.
Due to its excessive violence, Rowdy Rathore has an age restriction of 16.