Trailer review: Akshay as Rowdy Rathore

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By Hindustan Times

What happens when a Khiladi tries to look like a Dabangg? Well, he becomes Rowdy Rathore. After a spate of comedy fairs, Akshay Kumar is back in his action avatar in Prabhudeva's Rowdy Rathore.

Before Salman Khan arrived in action scene, Akshay Kumar was one of the reigning dhishoom dhishoom stars. The actor won hearts with Khiladi series, Mohra, Sangharsh, Jaanwar, Khakee and Ajnabee. He however got fascinated with rib-ticklers later and delivered hits like Garam Masala, Hera Pheri, Welcome, Singh is Kinng and Housefull. This year he's back to the action genre with films like Rowdy Rathore and Khiladi 786.

People were waiting with bated breath to see how Akshay 'Khiladi' Kumar will re-invent himself as Rowdy Rathore. A moustached Akshay walks into a contruction site 'Dabangg' style and thrashes his enemy, in slow motion, and then mouths the dialogue - "Jo main bolta hu, wo main karta hu. Jo main nahi bolta wo main definitely karta hun."

Reminds us of Salman Khan whose dialogue in Wanted - "Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di, uske baad to main khud ki bhi nahi sunta" - became quite popular.

"Apun ka fatka 440 ka jhatka," Akshay says while hitting another attacker. And we wonder why Prabhu Deva has given Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan's dialogues from Wanted and mannerisms from Dabangg. Akshay then proceeds to laugh like Kaancha Cheena.

Then walks in Sonakshi Sinha, another Dabangg factor that works against the freshness of this trailer. Though she does experiment with her wardrobe, her nazaakat and adaaen are straight from the Salman Khan starrer. Akshay Kumar however, in his sequences with Sonakshi looks convincing and original.

What we liked: Akshay-Sonakshi's fresh pairing

What we didn't like: Lack of freshness in the trailer

Our verdict: Not exactly bowled over

At the launch of the film's trailer Akshay Kumar said, "I am very excited about the film because I am making a comeback in action films after seven years. I am in this film industry because of my action films. It feels like I am a new comer who is trying action for the first time."

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Prabhu Deva, the film features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. The film is scheduled to release on June 1, 2012.

The film's trailer went viral on Twitter. Here's what tweeple had to say:

@mubaulsai: Didn't like Akshay Kumar's dialogue delivery ,dialogues in Rowdy Rathore.

@mubaulsai: Akshay kumar tortured me with his trailer ROWDY RATHORE..I guess he can't create magic which RAVITEJA created in "vikramarkudu"

@monishparikh: Rowdy Rathore ki Guzarish he ki woh Black ki khamoshi ko Devdas ke soda mein dilute kar k Dabang macha de.

@BollywoodGandu: This looks NOTHING like Dabangg.

@crhemanth: The first dialogue in Rowdy Rathore's trailer is rip off this famous Rajinikanth's dialogue -Naan solrathaiyum seiven, sollathathiyum seiven

@ManisshS: First impression- "eww" Salman would have been a better choice. Movie does give a mass appeal.

Celebs speak

@kjohar25: No my friend shabina khans production debut....ROWDY RATHORE!!!! its a full on entertainer!!!!

@LuvSinha: Arey, Ye kya..ROWDY RATHORE ka official and unleaked Trailer...440 ka jhatka toh ab lagega..!

@sonakshisinha: Its ouuuuttt! Watch the official trailer of Rowdy Rathore here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCAcU3p9GNo - aur batao, 440 ka jhatka laga ki nahi ;)

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