Director: Nishikant Kamat
Cast: John Abraham, Sharad Kelkar, Nishikant, Shruti Haasan
An official remake of The Man From No Where, Nishikant Kamat has presented John Abraham in a very different manner. From the raw and rusty locations to the fight sequences, Rocky Handsome is a well-detailed film. In a violence-fuelled action fest, John Abraham has effortlessly managed to pull off sequences, which are a mix of various art forms. He flawlessly slips into the shoes of his character, Kabir Ahlawat.
However, despite good performances from the leading cast, the film fails to hold the viewers' interest. The pace in which the story moves ahead and the combination of many situations fail to leave an impact. In fact, cinematographer Shankar Raman has shot the film so well that you are always telling yourself, ‘okay wait the film will get better’. Then there is the background music, which again hits on the right note. The tracks really stand out in scenes bringing the boring screenplay of Ritesh Shah to life.
Exploring the world of drug trafficking, Nishikant sets the story in Goa with the villains running the show successfully. Kevin (Nishikant) and Luke Ferreira (Teddy Maurya) are struggling to overpower a local don Maanto. This one scene, where Maanto continuously slaps Kevin, remarkably stands out. But there were only few of them that could hold the film in entirety.
The scenes on how kids are being used as soft targets to supply drugs are certainly an eye-opener. But overall, the film doesn’t emotionally connect despite having the right intention to show an emotional journey of Nayomi (Diya Chalwad). The kid also has stood to her part really well. Sharad Kelkar as a cop left his mark with the screen time that he was given.
Shruti Haasan has a special appearance in the film but looks like it was only during the editing of the film that the makers realized that her role has nothing to offer.
Overall the film will appeal to those who love to see action and want to see John doing it. And yes, he is more bulky this time around.
WATCH the trailer of Rocky Handsome here.