Rowdy Rathore is an Indian 2012 Hindi-language action film directed by Prabhu Deva. It is an official remake of the 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu. It is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala, with story written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, and stars Akshay Kumar, in double role of a brave police officer and thief. The film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Gurdeep Kohli, Yashpal Sharma and Paresh Ganatra in supporting roles, while Nassar portrays the main antagonist and Vijay makes a special appearance.
Filmed primarily in Mumbai and Hampi on a budget of ₹450 million, Rowdy Rathore was released worldwide on 1 June 2012. Its music was composed by Sajid–Wajid. It opened to extremely mixed reviews, but became one of the highest-grossing Indian films. The film was declared a blockbuster at the domestic and worldwide box office, with worldwide earnings of over ₹1.98 billion (US$28 million). Deva announced that if a sequel to the film will be made, Kumar is confirmed to reprise his role.
Shiv Bharadwaj aka Shiva (Akshay Kumar) is a small-time thief in Mumbai who falls in love with Paro (Sonakshi Sinha) from Patna. He tells her the truth about being a thief and resolves to give up crime because he loves Paro dearly. Before that, he decides to commit a large robbery along with his con-friend 2G (Paresh Ganatra), which would enable him to earn a lot of money; hence he can give up the crime. He also “tricks” a woman on a railway station and flees with a trunk. This leads Shiva to Chinki, a little girl who was in the trunk instead of the wealth he thought was there. Chinki thinks that he is her father. Puzzled, he is forced to keep Chinki with him, as a police officer Vishal Sharma (Yashpal Sharma) keeps his eye on him.
Shiva fears Paro will catch him with Chinki and he will lose her forever. He finds a photo of Chinki and her father, who looks exactly like Shiva, thus realizing why Chinki thinks Shiva is her father. It is revealed that Chinki’s father is Vikram Singh Rathore (Akshay Kumar), who is a brave cop, who criminals fear. While chasing a goon to find his daughter, Vikram gets hit by an auto and his brain endures severe trauma. The doctor tells him that the brain injury is serious enough to put his life in danger.
After a few days, Shiva gets fed up with Chinki and breaks the tape recorder she uses to listen to her late mother’s voice. The next morning, he learns that her mother died. Feeling guilty, he fixes the recorder and becomes fond of Chinki, taking care of her. Unfortunately, Paro sees this and believes he has a daughter that he hid from her and Paro leaves for Patna heartbroken. Soon, the goons who are after Vikram see Shiva. Thinking he is Vikram Singh Rathore, they start chasing him. Shiva and Chinki flee for their lives and encounter the woman from the railway station and the police officer from earlier, who tells Shiva to run. Shiva is soon surrounded by the goons. It is revealed that Vikram is watching the whole thing from the top of a building. Just as Shiva is about to get stabbed, Vikram jumps down, killing one of the goons.
Shiva and the goons are shocked to see the identical-looking Vikram. Vikram locks Shiva and Chinki in a cell for safety and starts fighting the goons. His brain injury gets worse but he eventually kills every goon by himself.
At the hospital, Shiva realizes that the railway station woman is, in fact, a real police officer, Insp. Razia Khan (Gurdeep Kohli). The officers tell Shiva that the man who looks like him is ASP Vikram Singh Rathore, a disciplined and respected police officer.
The officers narrated the whole incident to Shiva. Six months ago, Vikram travelled to a village called Devgarh as the new ASP. There, a goon called Baapji (Nassar) and his son Munna trouble, torture and annex money from the villagers. Vikram immediately arrests Munna for raping Vishal Sharma’s wife but he is released because of Baapji’s political influence. Baapji arranges a party celebrating Munna’s release. At the party, Munna humiliates the police officers and makes them pull their pants down. Vikram, being the next target, moves back to the balcony, where Munna falls by slipping bullet, which Vikram puts and gets hanged by the belt of a humiliated inspector. The next day, Vikram gets attacked by Baapji’s brother Titla (Supreeth Reddy), where he is stabbed at the back while the people were celebrating Munna’s death and shot in the head while trying to save a village child. He is then assumed to be dead. While the police officers are getting ready to bury him, he starts breathing, having survived. Everybody promises not to disclose this to anyone. The officers then took Vikram to Mumbai for treatment.
After Shiva hears the whole story, the doctors say that Rathore doesn’t have much time left. Vikram requests Shiva to take care of his daughter. Shiva promises and says that Chinki is now his daughter. Vikram dies holding Shiva’s hand.
Shiva vows to complete Vikram’s unfinished work. He takes on Vikram’s identity and goes to Devgarh with Chinki to take revenge. He sets Baabji’s liquor factory on fire and distributes the grains and money back to the villagers. Paro finds out the truth, and that Shiva will now always be Vikram Singh Rathore. She apologizes to him and vows that she will also take care of Chinki. In a heavy climax, Shiva eventually kills Baapji and Titla, and rescues Paro and Chinki, after which they have been kidnapped by Baapji and Titla. The people of Devgarh are now safe. Shiva marries Paro and starts his new life as a police officer with her, Chinki, Razia, Vishal, and 2G.
Akshay Kumar as Shiv “Shiva” Bharadwaj / ASP Vikram Singh Rathore (Dual role)
Sonakshi Sinha as Paro Bharadwaj; Shiva’s Girlfriend and turned – Wife
Ananya Nayak as Young Chinki Singh Rathore / Chinki Bharadwaj ; Vikram’s Daughter ; Shiva’s adopted daughter
Paresh Ganatra as 2G ( Shiva’s friend ) ;
Nassar as Baabji
Supreeth Reddy as Titla
Yashpal Sharma as Inspector Vishal Sharma
Saniya Anklesaria as Inspector Vishal Sharma’s daughter
Meet Mukhi as Inspector Vishal Sharma’s son
Gurdeep Kohli as Inspector Razia Khan
Raj Arjun as Jagdish
Mushtaq Khan as Baapji’s brother-in-law
Amit Tiwari as Munna (Baapji’s son)
Anant Jog as Minister
Darshan Jariwala as DGP Suraj Prakash
Pooja Rawal as Mrs. Rathore (in the photo)
Shireesh Sharma as Paro’s father
Shruti Bapna as Paro’s friend in song “Chammak Challo”
Ashok Samarth as Babu