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A masala entertainer

A masala entertainer

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Akshay kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Nassar, Paresh Ganatra, Gurdeep Kohli
Director: Prabhu Deva

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Finally a big Bollllywood flick after a while! The lone release of June 1st, 2012, is 'Rowdy Rathore' that's as full of violence as the frustrating and unending heat of the Delhi summer. The audience seems to feel a respite though from the lackluster releases of the past weeks. Packed with masala, action and thrill, the movie by choreographer-director Prabhu Deva is a remake of a hit Tamil flick, though with a good twist. Lead actor Akshay Kumar shoulders the movie with a good double role. On the one hand, Akki plays Shiva, a small time conman, who falls in love with Priya played by Sonakshi Sinha, a pretty girl from Patna, during a wedding. Uninvited, yet the conman wins the heart of the lady host.

The twist comes in here as Akki lands custody of a six-year-old girl Neha and is told he is her father by the name Vikram Rathore. Then, a gang of criminals threaten him and he wonders why. To save his life and love, Shiva learns a secret that transports him to a small town in Bihar. Here then enters Akshay's second avatar of late Vikram Rathore, an assistant police commissioner, posted at Devgarh, who died fighting the viscious atrocities of the village gang lord. For the villagers, Shiva is a savior reborn. Of course, expectedly the movie then becomes like 'Wanted' and 'Singham'! The first half is packed with entertainment, but the second part is loaded with action in a flashback of ACP Vikram Rathore.

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Akshay does deliver a stunning performance of a combination of comedy and action. For co-star Sonakshi Sinha 'Rowdy Rathore' is just her second flick after the box office hit 'Dabangg' with Salman Khan. Sona establishes herself as a performer in her second outing, playing a lovable, charming, yet a naughty desi belle just too well. Her red sari delivery of the song 'Chammak Challo Chail Chabeeli' could well be compared with the established Kareena Kapoor's 'Chammak Challo' from 'Ra.One'. Prabhu Deva deserves compliments for the second song, 'Chinta Ta Ta', with the presence of leading actors Vijay and Kareena! Sonakshi's act in 'Rowdy Rathore' will definitely make her fans wait eagerly to watch both Akshay and Sonakshi together in 'Joker' and then in 'Once Upon A Time Again'. They might well hit a hat trick of performances and box office hits.

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Others in the cast also deliver good performances, especially Nassar as the antagonist. Paresh Ganatra, generally seen with Akki, knows how to tickle that funny bone of the audience. The child playing Akshay's daughter is excellent too. Small screen actress Gurdeep Kohli does do well playing a cop and has pulled off some fine stunts. Lovely cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil's adds to the brilliance. Music composers Sajid-Wajid deserve applause for a tremendous album of songs. Tracks 'Chinta Ta Ta' and 'Dhadang Dhang Dhang' and 'Aa Re Pritam Pyaare' are simply enchanting. Shiraz Ahmed's dialogues like "Don't Angry Me" are too good and already on the lips of the people.

Overall, a tremendous masala flick with all the Bollywood elements to make for great entertainment.

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