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Sultan Review

Sultan Review
Banner:
Yash Raj Films
Cast:
Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Urvashi Rautela, Amit Sadh
Direction:
Ali Abbas Zafar
Production:
Aditya Chopra

Sultan

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • Hindi] Comments

Expectations

There was a time when Diwali used to be the prime time for release of big budget films in our film industry. But it was Salman Khan, who ventured into the Eid zone and established a special place for his films at this festive time along with Aamir Khan's films at the time of Christmas. The success of these films also motivated other actors to venture into various festivals, but no one could match up to the consistence of Salman Khan and his films released at the time of Eid.

'Wanted' was the start of this Salman Khan - Eid jodi, which also rejuvenated the stardom of this stylish Khan followed by the mammoth success of films like 'Dabangg', 'Bodyguard', 'Ek Tha Tiger', 'Kick' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. The later one was Salman’s biggest hit till date and thus the expectations were sky high right from the announcement of his next Eid release, 'Sultan'. With a big banner like YRF, a long lost theme of wrestling along with the latest MMA fad and a young star like Anushka Sharma, 'Sultan' seems like a perfect Salman Khan-Eid release.

Story

'Sultan' is a story of young Haryanvi guy Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), who falls in love with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma). Aarfa is a wrestler and aims to win Olympic gold for our country. She rejects Sultan's love as want to focus on her dream. This motivates Sultan also to learn wrestling. He seeks help from Aarfa's father Barkat Hussain (Kumud Mishra) and promises to win the state championship.

After a weak start, Sultan trains himself to become invincible and reaches to the top. It was at that point he loses every happiness of his life and seeks into a dark solace. After many years Sultan is approached by Aakash (Amit Sadh), who wants him to participate into the MMA tournament. Sultan gets himself into proper shape with help of a new trainer (Randeep Hooda) and decides to win back his lost glory.

The 'Glitz' Factor

The story despite of being predictable is still entertaining and engaging. The screenplay narrates the events in proper manner keeping its audience glued to the silver screen. The first half begins with good amount of fun featuring scenes between Salman Khan and Anuskha Sharma. There are few wrestling scenes which are totally energetic. But it's the second half where the real drama begins with Salman feeling ashamed of his body, Randeep Hooda training Salman Khan followed by his participation in the MMA fights.

Dialogues are good and goes well with the flow of the film. Cinematography is decent and gives full justice to the feel of the film. All the fight scenes have been brilliantly shot and choreographed.

Music by Vishal Shekhar is perfect for such a big film. 'Baby Ko Bass' and '440 Volts' will entertain the audience. It's 'Jag Ghoomeya' which is the best of the best song from this album and will stay with you for a long time. 'Sachi Muchi' and 'Tuk Tuk' goes well with the flow of the film. 'Sultan' theme is energetic and gives you goose bumps at various places.

Ali Abbas Zafar is known for making big films which starts well and has average to mediocre second half. Luckily, out here he excels out in the second half of the film and gives his best work till date. He keeps the full movie in his control without making his lead actors go over the top at any point.

Salman Khan carries the whole superstar image but justifies it with his character in the film. He looks great in the first half of the film. Anushka Sharma is the real underdog of this film. She is superb in her small part, especially the dramatic ones. Her romantic track with Salman is cute and enjoyable. Amit Sadhand Kumud Mishra lends good support along with the actor who plays Salman’s best friend. Randeep Hooda in special appearance is exceptionally brilliant.

The 'Non-Glitz' Factor

The biggest negative part in the movie is that everything is shown with total ease. Salman learns wrestling and MMA very easily within a short span. He also excels in these sports and emerges as undefeatable winner.The finale fight should have been more entertaining and energetic. Also, the drama in that part was totally forced. The conviction factor in these important part of the film was very low and was totally impractical.

The movie should have been trimmed down by ten to fifteen minutes, especially in the middle part of the film. The movie could have been much better only if the screenplay in several parts would have been a bit crisp and convincing. The finale part needed bit more masala.

Final 'Glitz'

'Sultan' is anaction filled dramatically decent film with full grandness attached to it. It lacks highly on the conviction factor due to which fails to come even close to Salman's best film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'.

Rating: 3.50 / 5.0

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