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May 03, 2016 Tuesday     
A few months back when I saw THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (2010/Korea - the film,  ROCKY HANDSOME is an official remake of), I personally never rated it as any great movie and certainly didn’t think of it as deserving enough to be remade in Hindi for two major reasons. One, as it was so brutally bloody in its action sequences that could have never passed from our censors if adapted truthfully. And two, since we had already made many similar movies in the past (involving a kid) that never worked at the box office due to their own distinctive reasons.
To name them all, copying the content from a much appreciated LEON – THE PROFESSIONAL (1994-France), we had BICHOO (2000/Bobby Deol/Rani Mukherjee) replacing the kid with a young girl innovatively, CHAMPION released in the same year featuring Sunny Deol with a kid boy and EK AJNABEE (Amitabh Bachchan) in 2005, taking its major content unofficially from MAN ON FIRE (2004) yet again revolving around a child. Ironically none of the above Hindi films could perform well at the box office. But the jinx got recently broken by BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015), which actually had many other elements working in its favor apart from the cute little girl including comedy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and above all Pakistan.
So keeping the track record and the original in mind, I was quite firm on the opinion that a remake of THE MAN FROM NOWHERE can only work if some fresh interesting angles are added into it deviating from the source itself. But sadly the makers do nothing of that sort in this official version and decide to go for an almost scene to scene adaptation, toning down the much important action sequences too, resulting in ‘an unimpressive film’ in totality, confirming the fear I had.
Beginning with an unrequired (flashback) song, ROCKY HANDSOME does make a decent impact in its first 15 minutes entirely focusing on the kid-girl itself. But the moment its attention shifts to the same old clichéd stuff of drugs, gangsters, secret agents and more, the film suddenly turns into a pretty ordinary product, marching towards a strictly routine Hindi film climax that actually should have been its major highlight following the original. In fact the most annoying scenes in the film are the ones featuring the gang of villains, who ironically include the director of the film too playing a significant role.
To give the technical department its due, ROCKY HANDSOME does have a fine cinematography and a well composed background score matching the international standards. But it’s stereotyped characters, over the top execution, annoying theatrics, unwanted rains, hamming dialogues and too much style focusing on the hero, together result in a completely ‘non performing remake’ that should have been avoided in the first place. Besides, even the action in the film, that was supposed to be a path breaking one as per the promotions, turns out to be nothing exceptionally great, apart from the climax and the sequences shown in the intercuts of song ‘Rock the party’.
Following the current Bollywood trend, its soundtrack once again has an almost decade old borrowed hit ‘Teri Toh/Rock The Party’ by Bombay Rockers and a few average unwanted songs in an action oriented project adding to its over-length. Still, “Yeh Kya Kiya Khuda” sounds good mainly due to its perfect placement in the film along with an emotionally shattering moment. But this particular track repeatedly forced me to think that, “Has SHOUTING become an essential feature of our songs today, even in the ones having some praiseworthy, heartwarming lyrics such as this?” Leaving the answer to be contemplated upon by the readers themselves, I did like the musical arrangement of some tracks, but wish the melody was also there as required.
As far as performances are concerned, ROCKY HANDSOME has either got simple, straight wooden acts or overdone, exaggerated enactments putting it bluntly. Where the straight faced acts come from John Abraham, Diya Chalwad (the kid girl), Shruti Hassan, Nathalia Kaur and the director himself, the overblown ones get delivered by all the bad-men loudly led by the hamming Ted Maurya. So Sharad Kelkar remains the only person performing in a sane manner in the film asking for your instant attention.
Joining the veteran actor-director Prakash Jha, ROCKY HANDSOME also has its director Nishikant Kamat playing the major role of a villain trying his level best. But personally speaking, its really painful to see such drastic transformation on the screen, when the director of thought provoking films such as DOMBIVLI FAST (Marathi) and MUMBAI MERI JAAN (included in BTC’s Movies To See Before You Die List) begins making all quick, average remakes like FORCE, DRISHYAM and the present one, taking the much easier path.
Comparing ROCKY HANDSOME with its Korean original, Nishikant partially alters its actual chronological order which doesn’t work and the impact gets lost in the narration repeatedly going into flashbacks unnecessarily. The references of ‘a pawn shop’ and ‘nails-art’ are taken as it is that might not appeal to many. Moreover a Korean film simply cannot be imitated when it comes to its brutally executed action sequences with a lot of blood, wounds and an awful manslaughter. Exactly the reason why everything gets toned down here quite severely, making way for all mindless style, particularly in the climax ruining the much effective ‘eye bottle’ sequence of the original.
Keeping it strictly a scene to scene adaptation, the director also retains a highly cliched scene, wherein the hero takes out a bullet out of his body with a knife. Now that’s what we have been seeing in our Hindi films since the late 70s, which certainly should have been ignored by the writers avoiding the nostalgia. Further there is also an amazing ‘window breaking chase sequence’ in the original, which is again copied in a highly timid manner using the graphics, revealing the casual vision of the team aiming just for a quick remake.
Overall, ROCKY HANDSOME has neither anything like ROCKY nor its HANDSOME enough to be given a chance spending your hard earned money and time. So go for it only if you are a die-hard fan of all bare bodied-stylized action sequences alone and don’t care about anything else in the film to be precise.
Rating : 2 / 5 (Including the additional points just for its background score alone.)
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25 March 2016 / bobbysing /
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Certain films make you feel so annoyed and restless sitting in the theatre watching an all-star casting that you just wish to catch someone from the team and ask him that whether this was really made on a so called script of say 100 pages? And whether the team really knew what they were making and for what kind of target audience precisely?
Giving that exact experience to the viewer, ROY literally tests your patience in its 150 minutes of lengthy duration and is arguably one of those movies that repeatedly shakes your confidence in Hindi Cinema and its talented film-makers in comparative terms. Supposedly inspired from the romantic link between western directors Quentin Tarantino and Sofia Coppola as admitted by its debutant director Vikramjit Singh in his interviews, ROY straight away pays a tribute to the genius director in its very first sequence with a mention of a two part film. And then begins at such a lazy pace that you are amazed to see the confidence (or over-confidence) of its makers as if they are making a deep psychological thriller with many hidden multi layers with some great poetic depths…………., whereas in reality it doesn’t even have the layers of a simple sandwich.
The viewers keep waiting for it to come up with something engaging after bearing the extremely slow initial 10-15 minutes. But the film is simply not interested in leaving its boring, amateurish or ‘Pakaao’ mode and then keeps moving on a silly self-obsessed path with all worthless content which in turn makes the actors also look like fools acting in those meaningless scenes so professionally. In fact the way they all talk looks like we are listening to a few professors of psychology having a seminar kind of thing on life and its basic issues without caring about whether their words are even reaching out to the audience or not. Making a constant effort to connect or find its storyline, I honestly couldn’t do that after an hour despite few catchy tracks and thus failed to get any of its story progression, cameos or double role as projected.
In short it was Friday the 13th and the date clearly had its impact on our Hindi cinema since ROY turned out to be one of the worst films of the year 2015 without a doubt. However luckily I still managed to have a good time in the single screen theatre post intermission when I joined a group of college friends who were regularly delivering many entertaining comments over the film’s various sequences, making the best use of the dark. And here are some of those funny remarks they came up extempore that actually helped me remaining awake watching the torture called ROY.
Post almost 90 minutes into the film, Arjun expressed
"Main Jab Yahan Aaya Tha To Kahani Nahin Thi".....
A voice from the audience replied,
"Hamare Paas Abhi Bhi Nahin Hai!"
As the song "Yaara Re" began......the college group started singing along
"Yaara Re......Ab Band Kar De Yaara Re.”
Watching Ranbir Kapoor (in a lengthy cameo) walking like a lost soul continuously in the film, a student passed a remark,
“Arey Yeh Itni Der Se Ghoom Raha Hai, Isko Kuchh Karne Ko To De De Bhai!”
And when the film really offered nothing for a long time, another shouted,
“Bhaiya, Woh Kissing Scene Hi Repeat Pe Chala Do, Kuchh To Time Paas Ho!”
Later towards the end, the best of the lot came which unintentionally re-defined the actual state of our Hindi Cinema today entirely depending upon its initials and first three days collections only………and it was…
A character in the film said,
“Mubarak Ho, Saal Ki Sabse Badi Opening Lagi Hai Apni Film Ko"
And the audience reply came,
"Logon Ko Pata Nahin Tha Na Ki Isme Hai Kya!"
The young student might have said that in good fun, but the remark sadly sums up the present sad scenario of the so called ‘Crores Clubs’ just perfectly. And after reading these honest comments of the younger brigade if you still can find the courage to watch this debacle called ROY that should ideally be referred as “Jo Dekhe Woh ROYe”then all I can say is All The Best and nothing else.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (And that too strictly for its few good songs)
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14 February 2015 / bobbysing /
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Director Manish Gupta returning to the genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers was enough to give me that much needed excitement as I really loved his THE STONEMAN MURDERS and rate it as one of the best films in this particular category coming from the new age talented actors and directors of Hindi cinema. So eager to see Kay Kay Menon once again in a Manish Gupta film, I entered the theatre in high spirits and came out largely satisfied with another well-paced, engrossing and a fine crime drama giving you the worth of your money spent in those two hours.
Inspired from the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case that kept everyone guessing till many months (or rather years), RAHASYA comes to the point right away with the murder and doesn’t waste any time on silly introductions breaking the set norm of a Hindi film. It considers the viewers intelligent enough to take this no-nonsense opening spiritedly and then goes on building the suspense factor with its exceptional cast ensemble quite well. The film gains it actual momentum once Kay Kay comes in playing the main investigation officer and his interrogation sequence in the lockup lifts up the story progression impressively.
The interest is kept alive post intermission too as the script unfolds many gripping twists and turns as expected from a worth watching murder mystery. Plus the usual format of the subject doesn’t get monotonous or boring, shifting the suspicion constantly. A song less film as it should ideally be, RAHASYA has an ok background score that could be more exciting as I personally felt, but the cinematography catches the feel of the theme perfectly. Here I would specifically like to mention the way Manish Gupta and his DOP conceive their dark (night) sequences, lighting them brilliantly with a visible distinction if compared to many other films. Interestingly Manish’s THE STONEMAN MURDERS also had the same merit, causing a huge difference in the overall impact of the film that had its major part of the story happening in the night only.
Kay Kay Menon being there in almost every scene of the film post his introduction, plays the intense lead role superbly (in his full form) along with Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Meeta Vashisht, Ashwini Kalsekar and Manoj Maurya doing complete justice to their given characters in the script. Particularly it was a relief to watch Ashish Vidyarthi back in a good substantial role after a long gap and nice to see Ramesh Deo too in a cameo. However I wish Ashish and Tisca had more scenes together filling in the emotional depth missing in the film as far as the family conflict is concerned.
(Spoilers Ahead)
In other words, despite revolving around a young girl’s murder in her room possibly committed by the father only, RAHASYA doesn’t have that warmth making an instant heartfelt connect with the viewer. It remains a dry ‘whodunit’ crime thriller mostly that successfully manages to keep you engrossed throughout with some evident loopholes that can easily be caught by any avid fan of crime films or novels. For instance, the flats of any high rise buildings in the metros normally never have a false-flooring with that much space to hide a dead body so easily (for so many days!). Moreover the big involvement of Police officer in the case also turns out to be completely unconvincing, hampering its desired impact on the viewer post the climax-revelation.
Having said that, RAHASYA still remains a worth watching movie without any doubt, especially if you are a fan of Kay Kay and this interesting genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers ending on a shocking note. So do give it a try for sure and don’t reveal the secret to anybody else as a responsible movie-goer, keeping their interest alive.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Note : After watching TALVAR (Oct - 2015), I have revised my rating of RAHASYA from 3 to 3.5 admitting my earlier mistake of rating it lower than it truly deserved.)
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