Movie Review SULTAN .

Salman Khan’s Sultan is in theatres today. The Ali Abbas Zafar-directed film has kept Salman fans waiting with bated breath all these days. Here’s our review.

Sultan review: Salman Khan is the star in this sports drama
Salman Khan’s Sultan is in theatres today. The Ali Abbas Zafar-directed film has kept Salman fans waiting with bated breath all these days. Here’s our review.

Salman Khan’s much-awaited Sultan is in theatres today. Will Khan be able to recreate his magic on screen yet again? Here’s our review.

Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda
Direction: Ali Abbas Zafar
Rating:4 Star Rating: Recommended4 Star Rating: Recommended4 Star Rating: Recommended (3.5/5)

Wrestling is about fighting what lies within. That’s what Salman Khan’s Sultan Ali Khan attempts to make people understand in the near-three hour Sultan. And it delivers the message home in style.
Aakash Oberoi (Amit Sadh) is the brains behind the staggering, dying Pro Take-Down League. Sponsors want to pull out of the championship, and no one is eager to give the league another chance to survive. Faced with adversaries such as these, Aakash’s father advises him to get Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), the man who can save the game.

Aakash goes to Rewari to get Sultan back in the ring. A middle-aged, pot-bellied, half-sweater clad man is the Sultan of today. Just as Aakash gets ready to walk away, he spots Sultan single-handedly pulling a tractor out of a pothole.

Aakash tries to buy Sultan with his ‘offer’ of whatever money the latter wants. Except, Sultan will never go back into the ring. Aakash reaches Sultan’s friend, and the latter tells him the reason behind this Olympic gold medallist’s vow of not wrestling again.

A heartbroken Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) is at the centre of it all; Sultan’s war that began eight years ago.

Director Ali Abbas Zafar crafts an interesting and emotional tale out of the most-used tropes in the history of Hindi cinema. Even after employing every run-of-the-mill cliche in the book, Sultan doesn’t fall flat. The story entertains, largely because of the invested performances by the actors.

Salman Khan’s hard work is more than visible in every frame when the man is in the wrestling pit. From the dhobi-pachhads to slamming his opponents on the ground, this desi pehelwan uses technique to flatten anyone who crosses him in the ring. And the viewer. Wolf-whistles and claps greet every minute of Salman’s time in the pit. In the akhada, Sultan is the man to watch out for.

Anushka Sharma’s Aarfa is the result of months of training, and the actor nails it. Sharma turns wrestlers over with equal ease as telling a pestering Sultan to bugger off. The post-NH10 Anushka Sharma is a delight to watch on screen. There are moments when she tears your heart apart with her pain; and others, when you want to cheer for her when she is in the pit.
Amit Sadh, along with the rest of the supporting cast, does a commendable job of steering Sultan forward.

Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan is a thorough crowd-pleaser. The film is a cocktail of sportsmanship, drama, romance, patriotism… heavily spiced with the factor called Salman Khan. Salman, in large chunks of the film, is Salman. And that is probably what still works for him. The film’s emotional scenes draw that rare teary-eyed moment from you, but the real Sultan, much like its protagonist, lies inside the ring.

The Haryanvi-accented dialogues from both Salman and Anushka are done well. Well enough to elicit whistles and applause at the right moments.

Among the main drawbacks of Sultan is its run-time. At 170 minutes, Sultan seems like two films could have been made out of it. The narrative is paced leisurely, peppered with MANY songs. The number of songs slacken the speed of the film.

At the end of the day, however, Sultan is a Salman Khan film. Probably every flaw is worthy of being overseen thanks to the sheer aura of the man. The Salman who makes people stand up and scream and shout his name right in the middle of an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) sequence.

Every time Salman faces an opponent inside the ring, you want to shout ‘Sultan’ out loud. Every time he tries wooing Aarfa in his awkward ‘gaawar’ ways, you can’t help but feel for the guy.

Watch Sultan for Salman Khan. Not sure if anyone would watch the film for anything else any which way.

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