Monday, 23 April 2012

Rowdy Rathore: Akshay’s return to action, with some retro surprises!!

After the tremendous success of ‘Housefull 2’, Akshay Kumar has been busy preparing for his next mega-bucks release: ‘Rowdy Rathore’.
Produced by the unlikely duo of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala of UTV, the film is directed by South Indian star Prabhu Deva and stars Sonakshi Singh alongside Akshay.
The film has a distinctly retro feel and what is said to be a suitably outlandish plot involving the ‘One Man Army’ Rowdy Rathore.  What’s more, it marries Akshay Kumar’s action man roots with his new-found talent as a comic: the film’s tagline, “Dooon’t Angry Meeee” is sure to join the 2012 lexicon of best one-liners.
Although it has not been confirmed yet, ‘Bebo’ herself, Kareena Kapoor, has reportedly filmed a song and short cameo in the picture as a goodwill gesture for close friend and ‘Rowdy’s’ assistant producer Shabinaa Khan.
Insiders on set have revealed to The UKAsian that it will be a very glamorous shoot by Kareena; currently one of the hottest properties in Bollywood, not to mention the industry’s highest paid actress.

Bebo however isn’t the only one making a surprise appearance in the film; director Prabhu Deva is better known for his dance moves – leading some to anoint him the ‘Indian Michael Jackson’ – and skill as a choreographer and he will be appearing in a song, matching steps with Akshay Kumar in a bid to appease fans of his dancing.
Production insiders say the pair shot some dance sequences together for the title track of the movie and Prabhu Deva says fans will “love it”.
Given the director’s dancing background, it’s hardly surprising to hear Akshay commenting, “Whatever he told me during the shoot, I just went and rehearsed it.  We would start rehearsing a week before the shooting.  His steps are not so easy that you can do it immediately on the sets.”
The film’s heroine Neeraja is played by the delightful Sonakshi Sinha.  ‘Rowdy’ is just her second film – after 2010’s ‘Dabangg’ and it’s evident that her star is on a very rapid rise in Bollywood.  ‘Rowdy’ marks the start of a jam-packed release schedule for 2012 for the 24-year-old actress who will be appearing once again with Akshay in his next release ‘Joker’ as well as Lootera, Son of Sardar and the sequel to Dabangg this year.
And as he does prior to the release of all his films, the seemingly tireless Akshay Kumar has already embarked on a publicity blitz in support of ‘Rowdy’.  The actor and TV presenter made a surprise appearance on talent show Dance India Dance 3 to dish out cash prizes to the show’s five finalists.
For his appearance, Kumar morphed into the Rathore character, complete with retro moustache, garish yellow pants and even kitschier bright orange shirt and descended onto the main stage in a Khatiya.
The promotional work will no doubt prove a success.  Trade analysts have already backed ‘Rowdy Rathore’ to break the records set by ‘Housefull 2’.
Taran Adarsh told The Hindustan Times: "Approximately Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 crore is riding on the next crop of releases. Rowdy Rathore is Akshay Kumar's return to action and it's being directed by Prabhudheva. That's a good combination.”
Bollywood analyst and journalist Amod Mehra meanwhile said “This film, with its rural to metro appeal, may bring Akshay Kumar his biggest opening ever."
While Kumar may not win over many critics with his releases these days, ‘Housefull 2’ has proven that his simple, masala formula is hugely popular with audiences across the world.
Rowdy Rathore is sure to continue that trend.
- Poonam Joshi

Rowdy Rathore: Akshay’s return to action, with some retro surprises!!

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