June 02, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
It isn't a big deal for Prabhu Deva to remake Vikramarkudu, he did not do anything extra to project his special touch if there is any to a potboiler that has been recycled so many times. A courageous cop Rathore dies leaving his little daughter and his loyal followers spot a look-alike a Rowdy or a small time thief and leave the girl in his care. A puzzled man he is but later takes the onus on himself to actually become the girl's father after promising the dying cop and then leaves to finish the unfinished job, punish the bad man Nasser who's still giving a hard time to Devgarh, the village.
Now those who have seen Vikramarkudu or the Tamil version can easily give this a miss, the people who haven't seen it can watch this over a bag of popcorn with some indifference. In the Telugu film there were two or three vital scenes that would move the audience, here there is hardly any; The emotion that Rajiv Kanakala brings out through his eyes isn't there and so are some extended scenes, the hilarious episode of Ravi Teja bringing the house down with his abuse of the women folk isn't there too.
Akshay's walk when in the second half of the film is nowhere close to what Ravi Teja did, the energy level is something that Akshay couldn't match. Prabhu Deva chose any easy way out, he just retains the necessary ingredients to run the film, sees what's just important to connect with the masses and leaves out the rest. It was like a hastily tailored and customised suit.
The romance too is a filler, Sonakshi Sinha doesn't disappoint but she needs to watch her weight. Nasser does a fine job but he doesn't look cruel at all. Rowdy Rathore might surely work at the BO as it has the regular thrills but it will not make an impact because there is no trademark touch either by the director or the actor in any area.
Akshay Kumar is capable of emoting more and Prabhu Deva? He came to Mumbai to do a remake right? Why did he bring Vijay into the intro song and how did it help him or Vijay for that matter? Prabhudeva's dance for that matter wasn't impressive too.
Rowdy Rathore has weak dialogues and a story, screenplay that would appeal to people who want to kill time. Those who have seen Vikramarkudu will definitely say "I Angry You"..or perhaps will hunt for a superlative to convey that line better. People who wish to see a south film should buy a DVD with subtitles instead of hiring dance directors.