Another Failed Attempt.
‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 10 mins.
What is the film about?
A rogue (Ishaan) decides to take care of a family whom he has hurt. In the process of helping Anjali (Mannara Chopra) falls in love with him. What happens when a psycho is after Anjali (Mannara Chopra) is what the film is all about?
How is Ishaan’s performance?
With Puri Jagannadh at the helm all an actor has to do is look rough and touch and mouth the director’s lines correctly. Ishaan looks the part and says the dialogues as best as he can, but since the dialogues itself aren’t that strong, his character and subsequently the performance appears weak. Ishaan is good in action sequences, though.
Direction By Puri Jagannadh?
Puri Jagannadh is a seasoned director, so he does his job well. The problem is not with direction rather it is the content which is weak. The writer is not up to his past standards, and it makes characters unconvincing. Once there is no connect with the characters, which is so essential for a Puri Jagannadh film to make sense, everything else feels out of place in the movie.
The psycho character that is so crucial for Rogue to work fails in parts. The lack of consistency in character, which is made fun of, ironically, is the biggest put off in the movie. Once the real nature of the hero is known, whatever follows it only adds to the length. Still, some parts make one engaged due to decent dialogue. Otherwise Rogue is another misguided attempt from Puri Jagannadh.
Mannara Chopra and others?
Mannara Chopra is fine in a role which is by now template one in Puri Jagannadh films. Angela Krislinzki is another heroine type usually seen in the director’s films. She is right for what she has been selected. The big revelation from Rogue is Thakur Anup Singh playing the psycho character. He clearly dominates everyone else in the film. It looks like an extension of Sonu Sood character from Ek Niranjan. Unfortunately, for him, the writing from Puri is not at his best and inconsistency combined with over the top performance mars overall impact. Subbaraju, Avinash, and Tulasi are okay. Ali is dependable.
Music and other departments?
Music by Sunil Kashyap is alright. The background score is good in parts. The cinematography is decent. Editing could have been better.
Instead of the current manifestation of Puri Jagannadh hero, an early career phase hero characterization face off with a consistent psycho kind of character and both truly in love with heroine would make for a far better alternative take.
Did I enjoy it?
Will you recommend it?
Rogue Review by Siddartha Toleti