Sultan is going to break every record possible at the box-office, but is it worth it?
I went to this movie, early morning show, sacrificing my sleep, because, SULTAN!
But unfortunately, this is a cliché movie. Take out the book of clichés and take out every possible clichéd thing in a sports movie. Sultan is a movie made with clichés.
The story is about a wrestler Sultan and how he rises to fame, falls from the fame, and again, rises to fame! In the process he loses his family, fights with himself, rises to fame, gets the heroine back, they live happily ever after, the end!
While watching this movie, the second half’s MMA fights to be precise, did remind of Akshay Kumar Starrer “Brothers”. Though I could have compared this movie with the original “Warrior”, the drama surrounding to the MMA fights kind of reminds me of “Brothers”, which was a disappointing tale as well.
Then this movie reminded me of ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘The Wrestler’.
Movie runs for a length of 170 minutes and it does drag in many portions of movie. I had a family seated next to me and the person went like “Bore ho raha hai na?” (It is getting boring right?)
The main thing this movie lacks is the connect with the audience. I wasn’t connected at all. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a great example on how Salman can have a connect with the audience and make you feel for his character but unfortunately, the lousy screenplay doesn’t help the cause here. There is a scene where Salman cries looking at his state, but the emotions don’t get across to you, which is a major disappointment.
The songs slows down the movies already tedious pace. People where walking out of songs to go to washroom, buy popcorn and stuff.
I’ll come to positive things about this movie and that’s is hands down, Salman Khan!
Salman Khan as Sultan has given a knockout performance. You see more of Sultan and less of Salman in this movie which is a huge compliment!
Anushka Sharma as Aarfa has given an amazing performance. She gets her emotions right and plays the role of her character perfectly. But, sadly, the script and the screenplay just doesn’t connect you with her character.
Amit Sadh is not a brother of Salman Khan in this movie. He plays the role of a owner of the MMA tournament which is facing a huge loss as there is no audience for this League. He has a brief screen time but is quite charming. Loved him in ‘Kai Po Che’, loved him here.
I would like to talk about Salman’s sidekick and his Bestfriend in this movie. Unfortunately I don’t know his name, nor is he listed anywhere in the cast list. (Checked IMDB, Wikipedia, no luck). He brings on some comic relief and has played his part fabulously!
Randeep Hooda has a guest appearance as a coach and as always, he shines in a small role, though, his character doesn’t has the depth.
The wrestling scenes and the MMA fight scenes are just about decent. The clichéd story telling spoils the fight scenes. Only if there was less of drama and more of fight sequences, I would’ve enjoyed it a lot better.
Director Ali Abbas Zaffar fails in getting the emotions through to you. It is written by him and the screenplay as well belong to him. It is such a disappointing thing when someone writes and directs a movie and it falls short. I mean, you have the vision on what you want to do, you have a superstar like Salman in the movie, but still the movie falls flat.
Overall, iam disappointed by this movie. Firstly, Fan disappointed me, now, Sultan disappoints.
As I said earlier this movie will break the records but definitely its not worth it. If you get a chance to choose between Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan, go for Bajarangi Bhaijaan, though different Genres, it is much more entertaining than this one.
I rate this movie a “C+”
Maybe my review might divide opinions but its my point of view. If you liked it, I respect that, if you didn’t, welcome to the party!