Rocky (Mahaakshay) is a small-time goon from Mumbai, who is being chased by the police. No one knows of his whereabouts and according to his friends and foes, he 'changes colours like a chameleon'. A sudden turn of events lands Rocky in Kashmir, where he meets a girl Nandini (Puja), and falls head-over-heels in love with her. Back in Kolkata, Rocky learns Nandini is actually in love with a minister's son, Avik. But Rocky doesn't lose hope and pursues Nandini till she is convinced. Nandini is unaware of the Avik's dark side. But when she finds out, albeit with Rocky's help, she dumps him and reciprocates Rocky's feelings. The story takes a turn after Avik and his father go missing.
The eternal fight between good and evil has been a staple in innumerable films, made in the 1980s and 1990s. Harping on nostalgia, films like
perhaps helped revive this genre to some extent. And if Bollywood does, can Tollywood be far behind.
Rocky takes a step forward by serving a new concoction out of an old bottle — a heady mix of action garnished with romance, drama and comedy that eventually turn into a vendetta fare with an extra 'thriller' element as bonus. Sadly, the director falters in juggling vintage with the modern. Sometimes the sets look tacky as if appearing straight out of old movies. But then again, the song sequences captured beautifully in foreign locales come in sharp contrast. The plot has quite a few twists and oscillates too much back and forth in time, as characters keep scooting off to Kashmir and Mumbai — leaving the audience confused.
For those who love action, there are countless fight scenes, at times filmed in slow motion to suggest the impact of every move possible. Punch lines, though few and far between, are hilarious. The English one-liners used in the film are even funnier. Sample these: Rocky tells Avik, "
everytime..." Or when he beats up the notorious mafia, Raj Verma's (Bharat Kaul) henchmen, he says, "
bojhabo. Bujhle satka, na bujhle fatka
." Earlier, when Nandini meets Rocky in Kashmir, she asks, "
" To which, a surprised Rocky first mumbles, "Ladies?!" and then goes on to reply, "
." Last but not the least, Diya, Nandini's friend, while trying to warn her about Rocky's intentions, comments, "
." Beat that!
The role has been tailor-made for Mahaakshay and provides him with ample opportunities to prove his mettle. But the young lad still has a lot to do in the acting department. There's only one expression at a time, he's either smiling or angry. No doubt, he is good when it comes to action and dance, but the actor needs to loosen up more in front of the camera and practice a bit of voice modulation. Considering this is Mahaaskshay's debut Bengali film, more attention should have been paid to styling — the actor's dress code and hairdo are quite bad.
Puja on the other hand seems more comfortable — almost taking charge, as Mahaakshay himself admitted in several interviews — guiding her co-star wherever required. However, she goes a little overboard during the emotional scenes. Bharat Kaul looks his part as the Don — in the way he walks and talks.
The film should work for single-screen audiences. Those few minutes of the song
— where Mithun puts in an appearance with his son — is a delight to watch, provided you can ignore the sub-standard sets.