Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Anant Sharma
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
rating : 3.5/5
Sultan is a sport based film that focuses on how a wrestler battles every challenge thrown at him in a fighting league. Whether he triumphs or not, the little episodes in his life are told over a sprawling span of 170 minutes.
What happens when you decide to spin a story around wrestling? You throw in the elements that are usually associated with this fare. A champion who is not excessively active in that sport; a remarkable talent who still has it in him and a loss; an underdog who will have to fight every odd thrown at him with a few hassles coming in the form of relationship issues; a believer who believes the warrior will fight till the end. Setting these regular templates as his screenplay, the director narrates the story with traces of humor, love and entertainment. The result is we get a product which we are too familiar with but nevertheless has all the spices of a masala fare.
The cinematography is apt and has its good moments. The cinematography and the art direction take us to the friendly neighbourhood of Rewari, without any hiccup. The editing is smooth and adds a crispy edge to the screenplay. The music scores big and often acts as a major plus. This is one of the few cases where the songs don’t act as a hindrance and add a few brownie points to the film. But the biggest strength ofthe movie is it’s cast who don’t disappoint. They bear the movie on their shoulders and push it with their worthy performances. Salman Khan has a massive screen presence and lightens up the screen with it. Anushka churns in a solid performance and Randeep Hooda pitches in a mature portrayal. Every member of the cast does a neat job of their roles.
The movie could have been cut short when it comes to the run time, especially the first half. Although it is not a screaming issue, certain sequences might make the audience lose focus. A few songs do look out of place but an engaging second half does not make it count. Overall, the director, Ali Abbas Zafar has executed the whole premise with a neat brush and has given us a package that punches in entertainment for the entire family.
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