Rocky Handsome (2016)

Cast – John Abraham, Diya Chalwad, Shruti Haasan,  Nishikant Kamat, Sharad Kelkar

Director – Nishikant Kamat

Writer – Ritesh Shah

Based On – Movie ‘The Man from Nowhere’ by Lee Jeong-Beom

It’s a complete paisa vasool kind of entertainer, said to be based on a Korean film ‘A Man from Nowhere’.

I was mentally prepared for the worst because of mixed reviews pouring in but was pretty hopeful because of the director Nishikant Kamat (404 , Force and Drishyam).

Being honest, I found the first half very engrossing. The build-up was pretty impressive focussing on this zombie like mysterious man and a little girl. The story which is about how he goes on to find her when she goes missing then takes us through the destruction he unfurls in the drugs and human trafficking cartel of Goa.

The movie is all action and superb close combats… and the hero, as we all know, is all brawns and sinew.

This thumbs up for action sequences goes with the statutory warning that the action is ruthless and brutal. But should we expect any better when he’s dealing with inhuman human and organ mafia? The blood and gore might make u flinch but the slick action take your breath away at the same time.

John’s flat and dead pan expressions are camouflaged by his character who has been hardened by his tragic past. Acting wise I do not expect much from him and hence no disappointment.

Sharad Kelkar as the inspector is impressive and in control. Nishikant Kamat is average but manages to look sinister now and then. Kazu Tang as a mafia man skilled in martial arts is impressive too. And of course, the little star Diya manages to hold fort.

Cinematography is good with dark and grim frames adding up to the feel.

The movie was a male version of Mardaani looking for her pyaari (albeit much lesser in comparison to that movie in terms of narrative, screenplay and performances)… but definitely good for its impressive action sequences.

On a scale of 10, I would rate it 7 purely for the entertainment factor.

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