Nishikant Kamat's action thriller "Rocky Handsome" has received mixed response from critics. The film, which will be released in theatres March 25, features John Abraham in the lead role and Shruti Haasan, Nishikant Kamat and Sharad Kelkar as supporting characters.
"Rocky Handsome" is based on South Korean film "The Man from Nowhere" starring Won Bin. The storyline revolves around Kabir Ahlawat (John) and an eight-year-old girl with whom he shares a special bond. The South Korean film had opened to good reviews when released in 2010, but "Rocky Handsome" has failed to impress Bollywood critics.
Read on to find what critics have said about "Rocky Handsome."
Bollywood Hungama's review read: "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!"
Rachit Gupta of Filmfare said: "The biggest mistake Rocky Handsome makes is to give it's lead character an emotional and patriotic back story. It just turns him into another caricature and it never quite justifies his appetite for killing."
Abhijit Badgujar of Koimoi.com said: "Only if you love action flicks but if you want the movie to interest you to the core, please avoid it."
Rahul Desai of Catch News said: "A depressingly faithful adaptation of the Korean hit 'The Man From Nowhere,' Rocky Handsome revolves around a sullen, sunken John Wick wannabe who roams around Goa (Ramoji FilmCity) like he can't decide whether he is Undertaker or Batman."
Subhash K Jha in his review said: "Nishikant Kamat maintains an almost-demented momentum till the end of the proceedings. The item songs inter-cutting into the drug dealings seem quaintly archaic in a film that captivates us with its Korean brand of stunts."
IANS review read: "'Rocky Handsome' is bound to appeal only to those fond of action films."
Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times said: "John Abraham ... err ... Rocky Handsome is a very average film with some finely executed action sequences on display."
Khalid Mohamed of Spotboye said: "Evidently, Rocky Handsome was calculated as an ode to the jism and josh of John Handsome. Alas, even a perfect body needs soul."
Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror said: "Given the film's single-minded obsession with crime and given the setting, it could've well been titled Madgaon Vice. But since the lead here is also the producer, we'll let this pass."
Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day said: "The only good part is its action sequences, which might have been directly borrowed from the original Korean film."