Rowdy Rathore (2012)

Rowdy Rathore is an action movie capsuled in absurd comedy. It’s the type of comedy which I usually see in Akshay Kumar‘s recent movies and I think it kind of looks sweet on him.

The movie starts on the streets of Mumbai introducing us the clever thief Shiva. First things we learn about him are that he is very good at tricking people and he hates kids. He immediately falls in love with Paro as soon as he sees her on the street. He does his best and convince her to be with him even after Paro learns Shiva is a thief. Shiva promises that he will stay away from stealing and start a decent life for her. But he decides to do a one last theft which will help him build his new life.

He steals a large wooden box in the train station dreaming that he will find treasure in it. But what he finds in it definitely suprises him, a small girl called Chinki, calling him dad.

Along with the story of Shiva, we also see another man who looks exactly like Shiva but called Vikram Rathore. He fights rigorously with many men at the same time. He beats and makes everybody regret that they met him.

After finding Chinki in the wooden box, Shiva loses Paro and weird things start happening to him. Some people follow him and try to beat him, kill him even. He doesn’t understand much about what’s going on but he figures out that this is something related to the girl he found. Later on, he realises that he looks just  likeVikram Rathore when he comes across with him during a fight while running away from some angry guys, trying to save Chinki.

It took me nearly an hour to figure out what’s really happening in the movie and how they are connected to each other, maybe it is just me, I was slow, I don’t know… However I quite enjoyed the “action parts” when it goes from slow motion to faster. They were nothing near to the term realistic but it was fun.

I should also say a couple of things about the song “Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita” in which you will see a couple of famous faces you will remember from other movies. There is not much special about it but it somehow keeps going on and on in your head after you listen to it. Kareena Kapoor and Vijay are the guest celebrities dancing with Akshay Kumar.

To sum up, you can watch it if you like Akshay-style action+comedy or not, it won’t be a life changing decision. This movie is between 2.5 and 3 out of 5 for me.

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Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

After hearing that Ek Tha Tiger is one of the highest grossing films of all time in Bollywood, I was so impatient about watching the movie. But as I was watching it, I thought I would give it 3 at most out of 5. And it is mostly because of the places the movie takes us to.

It is mainly an action movie with elements of romance and thrill in it. Romance is not overdose so if you are not looking for emotions, you won’t get tired with endless romantic scenes in this movie.

We first meet the hero, code name Tiger, in Iraq on a mission. He works for RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) of India as a spy and we are immediately convinced that he is a tough, clever, 1st class spy with the unrealistic fight scene. He works hard and he doesn’t have a place in his heart for a special person until…

He get a mission in Dublin to observe a professor (originally from India) who is suspected to share his research findings with Pakistan.  He thinks the best way to access professor is to get close to his care taker Zoya (Katrina Kaif) who happens to be a charming young woman. On his way to getting close to her, as expected, he falls in love with her.

But we understand that Tiger is not a lucky man. After spending all those years just working and without somebody on his side, this woman who he falls in love with is not just the best match. I won’t say much about the rest since I take into account that you might not have seen the movie yet.

We see different cities in the movie, Dublin, Istanbul and Havana. My favorite was Istanbul, many good places take part in the movie like bridges, Bosporus and palaces, nearly for half an hour. In two scenes, Salman Khan even speaks Turkish, his accent was quite good I should admit.

And the Havana part was like a dream… Colors, places, everything was so beautiful, I felt jealous, I wanted to be there.

The action parts were rather unrealistic but it didn’t bother me much. I felt curious and wondered what creative move would I see next, so it kept my attention. But I wouldn’t say that you should definitely watch it. As I said  at the beginning, in my opinion it just gets 3 out of 5.

Agent Vinod (2012)

Agent Vinod is the first Bollywood agent movie I’ve ever seen so it was an interesting experience. I should admit that I was waiting for something more creative but Agent Vinod makes you think that you watch an Indian version of a James Bond movie and unfortunately it can’t compete with the original.

It definitely is a movie made for men. Not much to catch girls’ attention if they are not a fan of Saif Ali Khan. It is quite a typical agent movie so it has all the clichés it should have.

First of all, it starts in Afghanistan, continues in Riga, Morocco and Moscow. Maybe not Riga but the others are usually the cities which take place in agent movies. I was expecting to see Istanbul at some point but it is somehow missed.

Other than that, there are also usual elements taking place in the movie like sexy girls and a bomb to be disarmed. Actually bomb is the thing which our hero is after throughout the movie however we sometimes loose focus on that. The scenes are not always well connected so you may find yourself asking “Who was this?” or “So why does he do that?” type of questions.

Car chasing scenes are filmed quite good and fighting moves are rather realistic when you compare it to the old Indian action movies. But it somehow comes to India-Pakistan relations towards the end.

Agent Vinod might remind you James Bond at first glance only his style is not that good or his manners. Still Saif Ali Khan makes it look cute since he is one of the handsome Bollywood actors.

There are 2 songs in the soundtrack I strongly recommend you to listen: Pungi and Raabta. There are many versions of the song Raabta but I like the version by Shreya Ghoshal. Pungi is a funny and moving song. If you listen to it on your way to work in metro or train, you put serious effort into not moving your shoulders a bit.

So to sum up, I think that you got my slightly negative tone about the movie. I didn’t see what I expected after all that promotion. I’m curious about what you think, so let me know if you have a chance to watch it.