Last week it was Shiva, and this week it is Rocky; although Rocky is old wine in a somewhat new bottle whereas Shiva was old wine in an old bottle. The problem with Rocky is that there is no single motivation to see the film, and if you do venture into the theater, there is absolutely nothing to hook you in the film.
It is the age old story of a young man Rocky (Zayed Khan in his first solo hero film since his debut in Chura Liya Hai Tumne) who is very clear about rights and wrongs in life and is willing to take on anyone who is wrong, even if it does not concern him. The only problem is that he resorts to violent means when he sees any form of injustice, which lands him into trouble not just with the bad guys, but with his father as well. His father fears that inspite of Rocky’s good intentions, his means of seeking justice and interfering in matters which are not directly related to him, will land the entire family in trouble and that his son’s rebellious revolts will lead to irrevocable consequences.
Enter the main villain Anthony (Rajat Bedi) and the one incident which changes Rocky’s life forever; the love of his life, played by Isha Sherwani, is killed in front of him and to add to his heartbreak, he is actually blamed for the entire episode. In a desperate measure to try and change their son, they take Rocky to London, in hopes of settling into a new life, away from all the turbulence and disturbing memories of India. However, Rocky is a rebel and can not rest till he seeks revenge and avenges the death of Isha.
Absolutely nothing novel in the script, characters which are not clearly defined (except possibly Zayed), songs which have no place in the narrative, and more importantly, there is absolutely nothing in the film which audiences have not already seen. In terms of direction, this type of clichéd film may work for Suresh Krissna in the South, but with Bollywood audiences’ changing taste, we can help but wonder what the director what thinking.
Zayed has improved with leaps and bounds since his debut, but this film is only able to showcase his ability to perform action sequences as no scope has been given for him to display histrionics or the actor in him. Although Isha Sharvani is touted as being a fine dancer, somewhere she seems to lack a bit of rhythm when gyrating to a typical Bollywood number, which Minissha Lamba clearly seems more comfortable handling. Neither of the actresses get much scope to display their acting abilities, but both have done a decent job.
Post Aksar, which did decent business at the box office, this film will be a huge disappointment for producer Shyam Bajaj. Except for a few well executed action scenes, there is nothing positive to mention in the film.