Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Produced by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali
|Screenplay by||Shiraz Ahmed|
by S. S. Rajamouli
|Editing by||Santosh Pawar|
Rawail Grandsons Entertainment and Software Pvt. Ltd.
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Running time||143 minutes|
|Budget||40 crore (US$7.3 million)|
|Box office||201 crore (US$37 million)|
Rowdy Rathore is a 2012 Indian action comedy film directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Rajat Rawail, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. It features Akshay Kumar in double roles opposite Sonakshi Sinha and Paresh Ganatra, Yashpal Sharma, Gurdeep Kohli in supporting role with Tamil actor Nassar as antagonist. The music was composed by Sajid-Wajid and lyrics are penned by Faaiz Anwar and Sameer Anjaan. It is a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu and which had been dubbed into Malayalam as Vikramathithya, Bhojpuri as Vikram Singh Rathod IPS, and Hindi as Pratighat. It marks the return of Akshay Kumar in the action genre after seven years.
Rowdy Rathore revolves around a thief Shiva who falls in love with a young woman named Paro and later found a responsibility to take care for his deceased lookalike ACP Vikram Rathore's daughter while seeking revenge from the main antagonist Baapji. It was shot primarily in Mumbai at SLB production house and then in the state of Karnataka at locations of UNESCO World Heritage sites including Hampi. Made on a budget of 40 crore (US$7.3 million), Rowdy Rathore released on 1 June 2012 on 2700 screens worldwide. It received mixed response from critics, whilst opening to strong box office collections and became a major commercial success with a worldwide gross of 201 crore (US$37 million). The film was declared a "Blockbuster" in India and "average" in Overseas by Box Office India. Rowdy Rathore has since emerged as one of the highest grossing films of all time in Bollywood.
Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small-time thief in Mumbai who falls in love with Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) from Patna, who is in Mumbai to attend a marriage. Shiva makes his way into Paro's heart by going to the marriage. Slowly, she starts loving him. Shiva tells her the truth about him being a thief and resolves to give up crime forever because he loves Paro dearly. But before that, he decides to swindle one last person for a large sum of money along with his con-friend 2G (Paresh Ganatra). He tricks a woman on a railway station (Gurdeep Kohli) and flees with a trunk. This leads Shiva to Chinki (Ananya Nayak), a girl who was in the trunk instead of the wealth he thought was there, who thinks that he is her father. Flummoxed by what is happening, but forced to keep Chinki with him as a police officer (Yashpal Sharma) keeps his eye on him. he goons. Their leader pushes him down and says these things which Shiva has no idea about. It is revealed that Rathore is watching the whole thing from the top. Just as Shiva is about to get stabbed by a goon, Rathore quickly takes a weapon, jumps down and kills the goon.
The goons see this and are surprised to see two identical men. Even Shiva can't believe this. Rathore puts Shiva and Chinki in a cell for safety r a big party for the release of Munna, Rathore tricked him into killing himself by hanging himself from a tree by the belt of a humiliated inspector. The next day, Rathore got attacked by Baapji's brother Titla (Supreeth Reddy) on Dusshehra where he is stabbed from the back as well as shot in the head while trying to save a village child. He was then assumed to be dead. While the police officers were getting ready to bury him, he started breathing. Apparently, he survived the attack. Everybody at the funeral promised not to disclose this to anybody. Then the officers quickly took Rathore to Mumbai for treatment. But a lot of doctors said that it was impossible to cure this injury.
After Shiva hears the whole story, the doctors come to them and say that Rathore doesn't have much time left. Rathore requests Shiva to take care of his daughter. Shiva promises and says that Chinki is now his daughter. Rathore smiles and dies while holding Shiva's hand. Feeling depressed by what happened, Shiva promises to finish Rathore's unfinished work. He officially takes up the identity of ASP Vikram Rathore. Rathore goes to Devgarh with Chinki to take revenge on Baabji. Rathore sets Baabji's factory on fire and Baabji gets beaten up by the other police officers. Meanwhile Paro finds out the truth about Shiva, Chinki, the death of her real father,and that Shiva is now & will always be Rathore. She apologizes and tells Rathore that she will also take care of Chinki. Titla, who realizes that Rathore is alive, kidnaps Paro and Chinki. Rathore appears and a fight starts. At the end of the fight, Rathore ties Titla and Baabji to a rope on a bridge and cuts the rope. Baabji and Titla fall hard on the ground and die. The people of Devgarh are now safe and they start a celebration. After getting promotion, Rathore marries Paro and starts his new life as a police officer with Paro, Chinki, and 2G.
- Akshay Kumar as Shiva/ASP Vikram Rathore
- Sonakshi Sinha as Paro
- Paresh Ganatra as 2G
- Nassar as Baapji
- Supreeth Reddy as Titla
- Yashpal Sharma as Inspector Vishal Sharma
- Gurdeep Kohli as Inspector Razia Khan
- Amit Kumar Tiwari as Munna
- Mushtaq Khan as Baapji's brother-in-law
- Anant Jog as Minister
- Darshan Jariwala as Commissioner
- Pooja Rawal as Mrs. Rathore (in the photo)
- Shireesh Sharma as Paro's father
- Ananya Nayak as Chinki
- Ashok Samarth as Babu
Special appearances 
- Kareena Kapoor in song "Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita"
- Vijay in song "Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita"
- Prabhu Deva in song "Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita"
- Maryam Zakaria in song "Aa Re Pritam Pyare"
- Shakti Mohan in song "Aa Re Pritam Pyare"
- Mumaith Khan in song "Aa Re Pritam Pyare"
Character map of Rowdy Rathore and its remakes 
|Ulta Palta 69 (2007)
|Veera Madakari (2009)
|Bikram Singha (2012)
|Rowdy Rathore (2012)
|Ravi Teja||Manna||Sudeep||Karthi||Prosenjit Chatterjee||Akshay Kumar|
|Anushka Shetty||Purnima||Ragini Dwivedi||Tamannaah||Richa Gangopadhyay||Sonakshi Sinha|
Akshay Kumar learnt a special combat karate technique for his character role in the film. Kumar reported that he had accepted the role in Rowdy Rathore since his son loves to watch him in action roles. Sanjay Leela Bhansali teamed up with designer Shabinaa Khan to co-produce "Rowdy Rathore", which is his first film with Akshay Kumar.It is also Bhansali's first film as a solo producer and in action genre. Maryam Zakaria was selected to perform an item number. Popular Tamil actor Vijay make friendly appearance in "Chinta Ta" song, Prabhudeva himself appeared in the song. Kareena Kapoor did a friendly appearance.
The filming started on 10 August 2011. During the shooting for a climax scene, Akshay hurt his shoulder. The police denied permission for shooting of Rowdy Rathore at the World Heritage Site Hampi, following protests from local activists and artists. The film unit consisting of director Prabhu Deva, actors Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and 50 other dancers left the site on Tuesday, authorities issued directions to the crew to stop shooting with immediate effect following violations of ASI conservation rules and for tranquillity. Local people and artists opposed shooting of a song sequence, featuring Akshay and Sonakshi, along with many dancers, scheduled to be shot at several heritage sites in Karnataka including the Vijaya Vittala temple, Lotus Mahal, Maha Navami Dibba and other historic places in the 15th century capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.
UTV tied up with radio channel Red FM for organizing a contest titled "Rowdy Hunt" to look for social do-gooders and others who work towards social betterment — winners of the contest will accompany star Akshay Kumar to promote the film during his tours. The hunt has taken place in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and New Delhi, where callers were invited to share their grievances and tackle the culprit on a public platform in true "Rowdy" style. The RJ/host will then select five rowdies in each city based on a "Rowdy Meter" who will then comprise Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Gang in a particular city.
The cast and crew went to Dubai as part of promotional tour. Sonakshi Sinha promoted the film on Big FM. On 26 May 2012, she promoted the film on Dance India Dance Lil' Masters on Zee Tv, and the Zee Network are giving out free cinema tickets to people who are correct in the Safari Cinema. Wardrobe company Dollar Industries has tied up with the producers to promote their products with the film.
|Soundtrack album by Sajid-Wajid|
|Released||April 27, 2012|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack is by Sajid-Wajid and was released 25 April 2012. The line "Chinta Ta Ta Ta" and part of its music has been borrowed from the original song of its Telugu version which was confirmed by Wajid. Kumar Sanu has sung a song for this film, making his comeback after four years.
|1.||"Dhadang Dhang Dhang"||Faaiz Anwar||Sajid, Shreya Ghoshal||4:35|
|2.||"Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita"||Sameer Anjaan||Mika Singh, Wajid||4:21|
|3.||"Aa Re Pritam Pyaare"||Sameer Anjaan||Mamta Sharma, Sarosh Sami||4:19|
|4.||"Chamak Challo Chel Chabeli"||Faaiz Anwar||Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal||5:04|
|5.||"Tera Ishq Bada Teekha"||Sameer Anjaan||Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal||4:25|
|6.||"Chandaniya (Lori Lori)"||Sameer Anjaan||Shreya Ghoshal||3:52|
|7.||"Rowdy Mix"||Shiraz Ahmed & Sajid||Akshay Kumar, Sarosh Sami||4:13|
The film's satellite rights was sold for 35 crore (US$6.4 million). The film released worldwide on 1 June 2012. Rowdy Rathore was released in 2,300 screens in India and around 400 screens overseas.
Critical reception 
Rowdy Rathore received mixed reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 stars, saying, "If you savor typical masaledaar fares, this one should be on your have-to-watch listing for certain. Dhamaal entertainer!" DNA India gave 3 stars out of 5 and said, "Rowdy is Akshay's return to action. And how! The actor takes charge of the film from the first scene and holds it tight all through. To put it simply, the film is to Akshay what Wanted was for Salman!" Srijana Mitra Das for The Times of India gave the film 3 stars of 5, and said, "Fans will love Akshay's mooch-twirling masala-act but be ready for hardcore action too — some pretty gruesome."
Mrigank Dhaniwala for Koimoi.com gave it 3 stars out of 5, and gave the verdict that the film entertains in parts. "Watch it for Akshay Kumar's performance and the comedy." Shomini Sen from Zee News also gave 3 stars out of 5 and said, "The premise of the film may be good, but the treatment is that of a typical south Indian pot boiler." Based on 21 reviews, review aggregate site desimartini.com gave the verdict, "Although the movie doesn't do complete justice to the original Telugu blockbuster, it does have some funny dialogues and action sequences that will make you want to whistle! Rowdy Rathore is a one time watch." The site's average audience rating is 2.5/5.
Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave movie 1 star out of 5 and said "Rowdy Rathore is the kind of movie that's made by people with a cash register in place of their brain. Because no legitimate reason, other than financial gain, can justify why this movie was made – it has no story or plot whatsoever, the characters are entirely forgettable, and it's so long and loud and silly that the laughs dry up early on. That the film has such impressive pedigree – it's produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, directed by Prabhudeva, and stars Akshay Kumar – is both baffling and shameful." Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 2 stars out of 5, saying, "Rowdy Rathore plays out pretty much like a comic-book fantasy rendered in the form of a live-action film. Go for it if you must, but don't expect the earth from it." Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the film 2 stars out of 5, concluding, "Akshay's me-too is fun while it lasts. Watch it for him, lest he feels bad for jumping on the South remake bandwagon too late to get any attention." Raja Sen of Rediff.com too gave the film 2 stars out of 5, and commented, "It can hardly be called a film, but ah well. Watch it if only to remind yourself of old Khiladi flicks...." Oneindia.in criticized the film's illogical plot, however concluded saying, "Overall, Rowdy Rathore is a total paisa wasool film, hence it's a must watch."
Trisha Gupta of Firstpost reviewed "Rowdy Rathore is a mess of maal, masala and moustache while it has neither the wit nor the charm needed to craft a real send-up". Mayank Shekhar, on his website theW14.com, says "While you can't tell one Akshay Kumar from the other in this film, you obviously can't tell this film from any other action hit from recent or distant past either. That's what a dead formula film is supposed to be. Going by box-office figures, the producers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV, are certain this is what the audiences currently desire. They probably do. Is this what they deserve? I'm not sure.
Box office 
Rowdy Rathore had been the most appreciated film since Dabangg released in 2010. It had seen the best word of mouth since Dabangg which is reflected in trending of its first three-week run. Good word-of-mouth had helped it to take its distributor share to 74 crore (US$14 million) in India at the end of its run. Rowdy Rathore has emerged one of the biggest grosser ever in Mumbai circuit and grossed 51.55 crore (US$9.4 million) in seven weeks.
The film took a bumper opening at single screens at an occupancy of around 95%-100%. It collected around 15.06 crore (US$2.8 million) nett domestic in the opening day. Rowdy Rathore had a good opening weekend with collection of 47.50 crore (US$8.7 million). The film further collected 9.10 crore (US$1.7 million) on Monday and 8 crore (US$1.5 million) on Tuesday. Rowdy Rathore had collected around 77 crore (US$14 million) nett plus in its first week and this makes it the second highest collections ever for a regular Friday-Thursday week behind Dabangg, which collected 81 crore (US$15 million) nett. The collections of Rowdy Rathore were around 5 crore (US$920,000) nett on its 8th day, which was better than the new release Shanghai on its first week. The film collected a huge 33.50 crore (US$6.1 million) nett in its second week taking the two week business to 109.50 crore (US$20 million) nett. It was steady on its third week as it collected around 2.10 crore (US$380,000) nett on its third Friday despite being new release, Ferrari Ki Sawaari. It had collected 15 crore (US$2.7 million) nett in third week, 4.61 crore (US$840,000) in fourth week and 1.84 crore (US$340,000) nett in fifth week thus taken its five weeks total to 130.45 crore (US$24 million). The film eventually made 133 crore (US$24 million) in India.
Rowdy Rathore had collected around 15.20 crore (US$2.8 million) overseas in ten days. Collections had been considered "below the mark" in most circuits while UAE was the best. Rowdy Rathore has finished around 18.78 crore (US$3.4 million) and is an average fare overseas.
See also 
- Rajamouli about Rowdy Rathore
- "ROWDY RATHORE (15) - British Board of Film Classification". 28 May 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Friday Release: Action packed 'Rowdy Rathore'". IBNLive. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "Top Ten All Time Worldwide Grossers: EK THA TIGER 300 Crore Plus". boxofficeindia. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Full cast and crew for Rowdy Rathore". bollywoodhungama.
- "Rowdy Rathore proved costly for Sanjay Leela Bhansaali". Indiatoday. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Total Filmy (28 March 2012). "Akshay Kumar Back To Action With 'Rowdy Rathore'". Total Filmy. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Shanghai steady, Rowdy Rathore rocks". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 15 Jun 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore's shoot creates problems in Hampi". bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Is First BLOCKBUSTER of 2012". 11 june 2012.
- Subramanian, Anupama (1 May 2012). "Vijay to dance in Bollywood". Deccan Chronicle (Chennai). Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Akshay To Learn Combat Karate For Rowdy Rathore". NDTV. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- "My son loves me in action roles". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Sanjay Leela teams up with Akshay Kumar — Movies News — Bollywood — ibnlive". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
- "Prabhu Deva in Rowdy Rathore's title track". Hindustan Times. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Upala KBR, TNN Apr 16, 2012, 12.00AM IST (16 April 2012). "In Rowdy Rathore, Kareena does a cameo — Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Akshay Kumar returns to Rowdy Rathore set despite shoulder injury". Oneindia.in. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "ROWDY RATHORE FILM SHOOTING STOPPED IN HAMPI". Flash news today. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Nabanita (3 April 2012). "Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Rathore trailer launched in unique style". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore — Official Trailer". YouTube. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
- "Akshay Kumar on a Rowdy Hunt — Bollywood Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Ujala Ali Khan (25 May 2012). "Rowdy stars to take filmgoers to the limit". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Photos — Sonakshi Sinha promotes 'Rowdy Rathore' at 92.7 BIG FM". Apunkachoice.com. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Dollar associates with 'Rowdy Rathore'". Bestmediainfo.com. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "We've borrowed Rowdy Rathore music from original: Wajid". Hindustan Times. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Kumar Sanu is back!". The-star.co.ke. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Rathore earns Rs 35 crore before release". Oneindia.in. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "Akshay Kumar gets rowdy with 'Rowdy Rathore'". Daily Pioneer. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- Adarsh, Taran (1 June 2012). "Rowdy Rathore". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Unnikrishnan, Chaya (2 June 2012). "Rowdy Rathore is 70 mm herogiri at its best". DNA. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Das, Srijana Mitra (1 June 2012). "Rowdy Rathore". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Dhaniwala, Mrigank (1 June 2012). "Rowdy Rathore Review". Koimoi.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Sen, Shomini (1 June 2012). "Review: 'Rowdy Rathore' is too rowdy!". Zee News. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore reviews". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "reviews our-films headed-south". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Chatterjee, Saibal (1 June 2012). "Review: Rowdy Rathore". Retrieved 1 June 2012newspaper=NDTV.
- Chettiar, Blessy (1 June 2012). "Review: Rowdy Rathore is fun while it lasts". DNA India (Mumbai, India). Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Sen, Raja (1 June 2012). "Review: Rowdy Rathore has old Khiladi, no new tricks". Mumbai, India: Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore: Movie Review". Oneindia.in. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Gupta, Trisha. "Trisha Gupta review". Firstpost. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "MAYANK SHEKHAR REVIEWS ROWDY RATHORE". http://thew14.com. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Has Best Word Of Mouth Since Dabangg". 22 june 2012.
- "All INDIA Distributor Shares 2012: Diwali Releases Combined Equal Ek Tha Tiger". boxofficeindia. 29 November 2012.
- "All Time Mumbai Top Ten ROWDY RATHORE 2nd". boxofficeindia. 25 July 2012.
- "Top Opening Weekends All Time ROWDY RATHORE 1st". 4th june 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Tuesday Business". 5th june 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Has Second Highest Regular First Week". 8th june 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Easily Scores Over New Release Shanghai". 8th june 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Is Strong On Day Eight". 9th june 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Has Huge Second Week". Boxofficeindia.com. 15th june 2012. Retrieved 15th june 2012.
- "Gangs Of Wasseypur And Teri Meri Kahaani Open Poorly". 23 June 2012.
- "Rowdy Rathore Week Four Territorial Breakdown". 2 July 2012.
- "Top Ten 2012 Lifetime Grossers". boxofficeindia. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Shanghai Dull Rowdy Rathore At $2.75 Million". 13 June 2012.
- "Ferrari Ki Saawaari Low Rowdy Rathore Average". Boxofficeindia. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rowdy Rathore: launch and promotions|
- Official website
- UTV Motion Pictures's channel on YouTube
- Rowdy Rathore India Website
- Rowdy Rathore at the Internet Movie Database
- Rowdy Rathore at Bollywood Hungama