In Rocky Handsome, Nishikant Kamat goes for a nonlinear story telling designed to keep the viewers guessing about what ‘s next. He partially succeeds in the sense that the audience is left wondering, “what the hell is going on?” The film opens with John’s character checking out some fish (only the director knows why the focus on fish), then some flowers and then reminiscing about his lady love via a song. Now we know something bad happened to the lady to make our Rocky morose. Anyway, Mr. Rocky is now running a pawn shop, which frankly looks more like a ticket counter than a shop. He has an eight year old (Diya Chalwad) who annoys him no end and her drug addict mother as neighbours. Both call him handsome – if you were wondering about the name of the film.
The mother steals drugs from the villains and unbeknownst to our hero, hides it in an item that she pawns to him. Naturally the villains get to the mother-daughter duo and then to Rocky for the stolen property. But wait, there’s more. The villains are not just drug peddlers but also run illegal organ harvesting trade and child trafficking to boot. And helming these nefarious activities is a bumbling character Maantu helped by a pair of Pereira brothers (Teddy Maurya and Nishikant Kamat). The villains look and sound more like buffoons than sinister men they are supposed to be. Special mention goes to Teddy Maurya for trying to play a mentally unstable bad guy but ends up evoking derisive laughter from the viewers. Nishikant Kamat is a tad better, but that is not saying much.
Once the child and mother are kidnapped, our Rocky goes in full killing mode, single handedly breaking and slicing people. Soon Goa police is after him, trying to find out who the mean machine is. In a ploy that is laughably juvenile, Goa police sends a threatening email to the president of USA from Rocky’s email leading to the Americans unearthing the latter’s background for the benefit of Goa police (seriously?) So we find that Rocky is a trained assassin who was working for the military till his wife was killed by some enemies, turning him into an emotional wreck. The abduction of the little girl has given him the reason to vent his pent up anger on all bad people. The film from here onwards is a gore-fest with stabbing, killing with ax, ripping people open and generally killing filling up the screen every few minutes.
To be fair John Abraham is one actor who is convincing in all the fight scenes. He has the physique and persona of a fighter. However, the script, direction, dialogues and weak casting lets the film down. There is no continuity in the proceedings. Looks like Kamat wanted a Hindi Jason Bourne, but in trying to play to the gallery, has messed up completely. He tries to have a stylized narration, but the film looks dreary. This Rocky Handsome is rather banal and hackneyed.
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Rating : 2/5
Starring: John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Nishikant Kamat, Diya Chalwad
Director: Nishikant Kamat