Rocky Handsome

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Rocky Handsome
Rocky Handsome Hindi poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNishikant Kamat
Written byRitesh Shah
Based onThe Man from Nowhere
by Lee Jeong-beom
Produced byJohn Abraham
Sunir Khetrapal
CinematographyShanker Raman
Edited byAarif Shaikh
Music bySongs and Score:
Sunny and Inder Bawra
Guest Composers:
Ankit Tiwari
Bombay Rockers
J.A Entertainment
Azure Entertainment
Distributed byT-Series
Release date
25 March 2016
Running time
126 minutes
Budget200 million[1]
Box office350 million[2]

Rocky Handsome is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat, written by Ritesh Shah, and produced by John Abraham under J. A. Entertainment and Sunir Khetrapal under Azure Entertainment respectively. An official adaptation of the 2010 Korean film The Man from Nowhere,[3] the film features Abraham and Diya Chalwad in the lead roles while Shruti Haasan, Kamat and Sharad Kelkar appear in crucial supporting roles. The film's story revolves around a man who sets out to take vengeance against drug mafia after they take away an eight-year-old girl, with whom he shares a special bond.[4]

The theatrical trailer was released on 4 March 2016, and the film released on 25 March 2016. [5]


Based in a city in Goa, Kabir Ahlawat (John Abraham) lives a quiet life running a pawn shop. His next-door neighbor is Anna (Nathalia Kaur), a drug addict and bar dancer. She lives with her little daughter Naomi (Diya Chalwad), who develops a nurturing relationship with Kabir. Meanwhile, ACP Dilip Sangodkar (Sharad Kelkar) from the Anti-Narcotics Department of the police force is after drug kingpin Mantoo (Uday Tikekar), who is supported by brothers Kevin Ferriera (Nishikant Kamat) and Luke Ferriera (Teddy Maurya), who not only deal drugs but also control a mass racket in organ harvesting with a professional assassin Attila (Kazu Patrick Tang) who cleans up after their mess.

One night, Anna and her accomplice, who is also her boyfriend, steal drugs from Mantoo's henchman Bigshow. Anna hides the drugs in a camera which she pawns to Kabir. The consignment loss enrages Mantoo, and he insults Kevin by slapping at his bald head and gives Kevin three days to recover the stolen drugs, threatening that if he failed to do so, he would take the money back by selling all four of the brothers' kidneys. Luke and Attila reach Anna's place, where Luke tortures Anna for the camera. However, much to their surprise, Naomi becomes an eye witness to the brutal torments. Unwittingly, Anna reveals them the location of the drug, as a response to which Bigshow enters Kabir's house along with Viju, demanding the camera. Kabir is obliged to hand the camera to Luke when he tells him that both Naomi and Anna are his captives. Kabir gets a call from Kevin to make a delivery to Mantoo, and promises that in return, he will set Anna and Naomi free. Kabir goes to deliver the drugs to Mantoo, where he finds that police officers have already raided Mantoo's haven. Mantoo flees and Kabir chases him, but he is arrested by police. They are shocked to find Anna's naked body with all her organs harvested in Kabir's car. Kevin, infuriated by the insult he faced from Mantoo, decides to murder Mantoo and become the new drug lord, which he does with no hesitation.

During interrogation, Kabir escapes from the police station. The officers are bewildered by his combat skills and find out he was a former decorated RAW Agent and Special Forces soldier who retired after his pregnant wife Rukshida (Shruti Haasan) was murdered. Kabir fights with Attila at a nightclub and is shot, but breaks into a medicine shop and performs an impromptu surgery. He then continues on his journey, and finds and frees several child slaves in a drug manufacturing plant, and in the process, kills Luke. He tracks down Kevin, who says he has had Naomi killed. He shows a container that has what he says are her eyes. Kabir kills all the gang members, including Attila and Kevin.

As Kabir prepares to commit suicide out of utter grief, Naomi emerges. It is revealed she had been saved by Attila before her eye surgery; he took pity on her because she had been kind to him. The eyes in the container belonged to the gangsters' surgeon, who had been killed by Attila when the latter saved Naomi. Kabir is arrested, but the officers allow Naomi to ride with him. Kabir asks if they can stop at a convenience store, where he buys Naomi a backpack and school supplies. He asks her if she can manage until he returns, to which she nods. The film ends with him asking her for a hug, to which she agrees.



Haasan was cast as Abraham’s wife, while seven-year-old Chalwad, who was first seen in Kick, plays an important role.[7] Nathalia Kaur, who was seen in the item number Dan Dan Cheeni in Ram Gopal Varma’s Department, plays the mother of the child. "But the theme of our film is the action. We are getting action directors from abroad—Eastern Asia—for the stunts," said Kheterpal. According to him, the shooting in Hyderabad was for about 45–50 days. While the second schedule was filmed in Goa, the third was in Mumbai.[8]


The film earned 70 million (US$980,000) in one day including paid previews in India.[9] The film went down on day two with collections of 42.5 million (US$600,000) crore nett.[10] The film earned 35.0 million (US$490,000) on third day and the film had a very low weekend of 188 million (US$2.6 million) crore nett with 19.8 million (US$280,000) crore nett on paid previews.[11] The collections on Monday were low at around 20 million (US$280,000) nett.[12] The film grossed 210 million (US$2.9 million) in its first week[13] and 251 million (US$3.5 million) by the end of its theatrical run.[14]


Rocky Handsome
Soundtrack album by
Released22 February 2016 (2016-02-22)
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music for Rocky Handsome has been composed by Sunny Bawra, Inder Bawra, Ankit Tiwari and Bombay Rockers while the lyrics are penned by Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sachin Pathak, Sagar Lahauri and Shekhar Astitwa. The album contains total 7 tracks. The first song "Rock Tha Party" was released on 15 February 2016.[15] The soundtrack was released on 22 February 2016 which included 6 songs. Later an unplugged version of Alfazon Ki Tarah was released on 22 March 2016 voiced by Shreya Ghoshal, John Abraham and Ankit Tiwari.[16]

1."Rock Tha Party"KumaarBombay RockersBombay Rockers03:31
2."Rehnuma"Manoj Muntashir, Sagar LahauriSunny Bawra, Inder BawraShreya Ghoshal, Inder Bawra04:21
3."Alfazon Ki Tarah"Abhendra Kumar UpadhyayAnkit TiwariAnkit Tiwari06:21
4."Aye Khuda"Sachin Pathak, Shekhar AstitwaSunny Bawra, Inder BawraRahat Fateh Ali Khan06:15
5."Titliyan"Sagar LahauriSunny Bawra, Inder BawraSunidhi Chauhan06:02
6."Aye Khuda" (Duet Version)Sachin Pathak, Shekhar AstitwaSunny Bawra, Inder BawraRahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal06:15
7."Alfazon Ki Tarah" (Unplugged)Abhnendra Kumar UpadhyayAnkit TiwariShreya Ghoshal, John Abraham, Ankit Tiwari06:21
Total length:39:07

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received negative reviews aimed at its execution of story and script, holding a 0% "Rotten" score on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. Sonali Kokra of The National (UAE) gave it a 1/5 rating, stating that "With Rocky Handsome, director Nishikant Kamat completes a hat-trick of poorly made remakes that fail spectacularly to do justice to the originals.".[17] Anupama Chopra of The Hindustani Times gave it 2/5 stars, writing, "Not for a minute did I think that [Abraham] couldn't do the things he was doing. The trouble is that what he's doing isn't very interesting – especially if you’ve seen the original film. [...] Way too much time and effort is spent showcasing the leading man – John's body is a no-carb miracle and Kamat fetishises it.".[18]

However, other critics were more appreciative of the film, namely praising its action sequences and Abraham's physicality. Subhash K. Jha rated the film 4/5, writing "It would have to be a toss-up between Shoojit Sircar's excellent political thriller Madras Café and now Nishikant Kamat's Rocky Handsome."[19] Bollywood Hungama rated the film 3.5/5, writing "On the whole, ROCKY HANDSOME is for people who like action films. Despite the film having a simple plot, it has been garnished with engrossing drama and action stunningly. One can find the right mix of tension, action, emotion under one roof. A well-made action thriller."[20]


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  17. ^ Film review: Rocky Handsome starts badly and descends into unbearablenes]
  18. ^ Rocky Handsome review by Anupama Chopra: Not as good as the original
  19. ^ Rocky Handsome Review: John Abraham’s Pain-Lashed Performance! By Subhash K Jha 4/5 stars
  20. ^ Rocky Handsome Review by Bollywood Hungama News Network 3.5/5 stars

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