Review: Sultan



Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 170 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 06-JUL-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.5 on 5

Sultan is a story of Sultan Ali Khan – a local wrestling champion with the world at his feet as he dreams of representing India at the Olympics. It’s a story of Aarfa – a feisty young girl from the same small town as Sultan with her own set of dreams. When the 2 local wrestling legends lock horns, romance blossoms and their dreams and aspirations become intertwined and aligned. However, the path to glory is a rocky one and one must fall several times before one stands victorious – More often than not, this journey can take a lifetime. Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestlers journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds staked up against him. But when he has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fight for his life match. Sultan must literally fight for his life. Sultan believes he’s got what it takes but this time, it’s going to take everything he’s got.

Overall Review:
Sultan – Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is a love story set up in the backdrop of wrestling, inspires us to fight with our inner demons and emerge victorious. It is  a fictional sports drama but the the way it has been executed it seems real. This movie is not only highly recommended for the Salman fans rather all those who love to watch brilliant mainstream cinema. The film is a cocktail of sportsmanship, drama, romance, patriotism top up with flavor called: Salman Khan. The movie is based on the life of a wrestler and how the biggest opponent of any wrestler is he himself. It portrays the thin line between confidence and arrogance and how this thin line, if crossed, can make a huge difference in anyone’s life. The length plays the spoilsport in the second half. The film could have easily done away with 15-20 odd minutes. Salman Khan is like old wine, getting better and better with the time. Salman Khan continues to be EID Special. “Winners don’t quit and Quitters don’t win”, that is what Sultan believes and makes us believe too. Sultan is a clear-cut winner at box-office as well as in people’s hearts.

Performance & Technical Review:
Salman Khan and Eid has became synonymous in India. Salman’s performance was outstanding and so was Anushka’s. He has immersed himself as soul of Sultan. Anushka as Aarfa has given a very convincing performance. Both Salman and Anushka have picked up Haryanvi accent well. Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma’s chemistry is beautifully painted. Anushka Sharma gets more screen time than any other actress has ever got in a Salman Khan film in recent times. Anant Sharma as Govind is very good, he is effortless in portraying his very much affable character. Kumud Mishra as Barkat and Amit Sadh as Akash Oberoi are also very good. Randeep Hooda as Fateh Singh enters the film as a coach for athletes, and his cameo is a significant part of the film. Randeep, as always, has given a great performance as a tough coach. Farrukh Jaffar as Sultan’s grandmother has a small but very amiable role. Parikshit as Akash’s father is also good. Music by Vishal-Shekhar is very good especially the “Baby Ko Base Pasand Hain” & “Jag Ghoomeya”. Cinematography by Artur Zurawski is good, especially the wrestling scenes. The action was realistic and very well choreographed.

PDF Verdict:
A legacy continues..Prem, Radhe, Chulbul Pandey, Pawan…And now SULTAN. Salman ka Ek Daav Dus Ke Barabar Hai. Sultan is entertaining and touches multiple strings of emotions ranging from love, friendship, ego, grief and determination. Reserve 2016 EID only with Salman. Strongly Recommended.

Ratings: 4.5 on 5
Performance: 5 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5

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