Sultan ( 2016) Movie Review by Anuj Naik


Sultan ( 2016) Movie Review

When Yashraj Films and Salman Khan come together it has to spell magic at box office. The production house has chosen a Sports themed story (written by Aditya Chopra) and the execution is quite a winner. “Sultan” chronicles the rise, fall and eventual victorious rise like a phoenix of an Indian Wrestler. [ Read: Sorry Salman Khan says Arijit Singh – #Sultan Controversy ]

Sultan ( 2016) Movie Review

Directed by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda, Parikshit Sahni, Kumud Mishra, Anant Vidhaat, Meiyang Chang, Shibani Dandekar.

Set in Haryana, the movie centers around an ageing former Wrestler Sultan ( Salman Khan) who is leading the life of a recluse as a result of a personal tragedy that sabotaged a flourishing career in wrestling. A budding entrepreneur convinces Sultan to step back into the ring after a long hiatus. How Sultan fights all odds including his own personal fears and emerges victorious forms the basic plot of the second half of this action saga. [ Read: The Virgins – Short Film Review


The director who has a not so successful past record ( Gunday and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) impresses with his directorial finesse. Whether it’s the emotional sequences or the mind boggling action scenes he’s scored a conventional winner here. What doesn’t work in his favour is a running time of hold your breath 170 minutes ! There were a lot of scenes that could have been easily cropped to make it more crisp and compact.

Vishal and Shekhar’s music has a forgettable feel to it. The only notable song is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s soulful rendition of Jag Ghoomeya that flows like a cool breeze. Baby ko Bass pasand hai is notable for Farah Khan’s inimitable style of choreography. [ Read: Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016) Movie Review]

Salman Khan undoubtedly carries the entire movie on his strong and firm shoulders overshadowing everyone else. Action scenes are his forte but he surprises with his sensitive portrayal in the poignant scenes  [ There are two scenes in a Hospital in the first and second half wherein he performs at his best]. He almost reminds of his bravura act of Tere Naam [2003]. Anushka Sharma has limited screen presence and acts well. Randeep Hooda’s cameo as a Coach just doesn’t work out and the otherwise brilliant actor disappoints. It is Amit Sadh who manages to hold his own in-spite of Khan’s overpowering presence, Sadh is excellent in his restrained and sophisticated act. Kumud Mishra and Anant Vidhaat play their respective roles sincerely.

Sports Theme films are uncommon in Bollywood and the few that have impressed include Aamir Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander [1992] and the highly underrated Hip Hip Hurray  [1984]. Yashraj have managed to blend Romance, Action, comedy and  Sports into a tasteful mixture that spells entertainment. [ Read: Veerappan Movie Review]

The unending running time may put off a few viewers but the overflow of emotions, adrenaline rushing fight sequences and predictable yet endearing and satisfying climax will be a visual treat for die hard “Bhai” fans.

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