Rocky Handsome

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Rocky Handsome
Rocky Handsome Hindi poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNishikant Kamat
Produced byJohn Abraham
Sunir Khetrapal
Written byRitesh Shah
Based onThe Man from Nowhere
by Lee Jeong-beom
Music bySunny Bawra
Inder Bawra
CinematographyShanker Raman
Edited byAarif Shaikh
J.A Entertainment
Azure Entertainment
Distributed byT-Series
Release date
  • 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Running time
126 minutes
Budget430 million[1]
Box office355 million[2]

Rocky Handsome is a 2016 Indian action thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat. It features John Abraham and Bob Tyron Jara together with Franz Lambert Santos in the lead roles while Shruti Haasan, Nishikant Kamat and Sharad Kelkar appear in crucial supporting roles. It is an official adaptation of the 2010 Korean film The Man from Nowhere.[3] Co-produced by Abraham under his home banner John Abraham Entertainment in association with Sunir Khetrapal's Azure Entertainment, 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 his brothers Kevin (Nishikant Kamat) and Luke (Teddy Maurya), who not only deal drugs but also control a mass racket in organ harvesting with a professional assassin Attila (Kazu Patrick Tang).

One night, Anna and her accomplice steal drugs from Mantoo's henchman Bigshow. Anna hides the drugs in a camera she pawns to Kabir. The consignment loss enrages Mantoo, and he gives Kevin three days to recover the stolen drugs. Luke and Attila reach Anna's place, where Luke tortures Anna for the camera. Atilla finds Bigshow fighting with Kabir for it. Kabir is obliged to hand the camera to Luke when he tells him that both Naomi and her mother are his captives. Kabir gets a call from Kevin to make a delivery to Mantoo, and promises in return, he will set Anna and Naomi free. Kabir goes to deliver the drugs to Mantoo, where he finds police 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 murders Mantoo and becomes the new drug lord.

During interrogation, Kabir escapes from the police station. The police 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. Kabir finds 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 grief, Naomi emerges. 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 police 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. He then asks her for a hug before he leaves.



Shruti Haasan has been cast as John Abraham’s wife, while seven-year-old child actress Diya Chalwad (who was first seen in the movie 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 Sunir Kheterpal, 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 7 crore (US$1.0 million) in one day including paid previews in India.[9] The film went down on day two with collections of 4.25 crore (US$610,000) crore nett.[10] The film earned 3.50 crore (US$510,000) on third day and the film had a very low weekend of 18.75 crore (US$2.7 million) crore nett with 1.98 crore (US$290,000) crore nett on paid previews.[11] The collections on Monday were low at around 2 crore (US$290,000) nett.[12] The film grossed 21 crore (US$3.0 million) in its first week[13] and 25.13 crore (US$3.6 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, [nder 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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