Sultan Movie Review

It’s that time of the year again. No, we are not talking about Eid. We’re talking about the day of a Salman Khan movie release. It is the biggest day of the year in Bollywood, and rightly so. Salman is back in the Yash Raj Films camp with their second collaboration together after Ek Tha Tiger (2012). Ali Abbas Zafar, who previously hasn’t worked with any Superstar is in charge of directing duties. Will the Eid and Salman lucky charm make him enter the big league of directors? How will Anushka and Salman’s chemistry fare in the movie? And above all, is Salman Khan able to keep his streak going?

Story: Sultan Ali Khan (Salman) and Arfa (Anushka) are both up and coming wrestlers in Haryana. They both have a lot of potential to bring glory for India. This is when they both strike a love affair, and Sultan’s fortunes reach the sky as he brings India the gold medal. Everything goes hunky dory with Sultan making big strides but then the big twist happens which changes everything in Sultan’s life. What happens to Sultan and Arfa? Sultan does get a chance to redeem himself after many years in a new battlefield but does winning matter or does life matter more? Is Sultan able to get back the life he always dreamed of with his non-chalant eyes? This forms the crux of the underdog sports fairytale.

Sultan Review: The first half of Sultan is replete with character building and building the life of Sultan, and Ali Abbas Zafar is smart enough to show that Sultan reaches the zenith of success before tasting the mud of failure. This way, the redemption is a lot more effective and meaningful. Sultan flows freely through the first half, and after slight hiccups in the second half finally comes into its own. The screenplay manages to capture the local dialect of Haryana but makes it difficult for the rest of India to grasp the words. We wished the characters spoke a bit slower. Ali Abbas Zafar shows his true commercial cinema acumen with Sultan and this could mark his entry into the big league.

The makers did well by hiring a cinematographer like Artur Zurawski, who is a famous Polish cinematographer, to shoot Sultan. He sees things which probably an Indian wouldn’t have seen. Sultan is beautifully shot, both the rustic rural settings and the urban arena settings where most of the action takes place. The editing of Sultan is a bit average as a few scenes which slow down the movie could have been cut. The production design and costume design give it a big movie feel without losing the realism angle. The background score is a bit too loud and overdone.

The music of Sultan has been composed by Vishal Shekhar with songs like Baby ko Bass Pasand Hai and Jag Ghoomeya already making a mark. 440 volt is a nifty peppy song and Sacchi Mucchi is the underrated song in the soundtrack. But the aforementioned Jag Ghoomeya (all versions) and Bulleya leave a lasting impression. A return to form for Vishal Shekhar.

Acting: Salman Khan has been in the form of his life. In Sultan, he shows his dedication and commitment to holding on to the status of the numerous uno actor by delving into the role of Sultan Ali Khan with more grit than we have ever seen before. He tries his level best to mouth the dialogues in his Haryanvi accent but he shines in the fighting scenes. Anushka Sharma is in prime position to replace Deepika and Priyanka in their absence and with Sultan she goes toe to toe with Salman Khan in whatever opportunity she gets. Her wrestling scenes are realistic. Randeep Hooda doesn’t have a big role but he shines as the coach who makes Sultan redeem himself. Without Randeep’s intense bravado Sultan would have fallen flat. Amit Sadh is decent in his role.

Conclusion: SultanĀ is the type of big film which does things a bit differently while keep the commercial aspects of the movie intact. It is a movie that is led all the way through by a charming performance by a lead actor in the form of his life. Sultan is not flawless. There are pacing issues and the accent of the actors may turn off some people, but the underlying goodness eventually shines through. If you are in the mood to spend your money this monsoon, Sultan is one of the best ways to spend it on. Go give it a watch!


  • Salman Khan gives a great performance, so does Anushka
  • The fighting scenes are very well choreographed
  • The cinematography, production design and costume design are all pluses
  • The music is solid, even if it lacks a bonafide chartbuster
  • Ali Abbas Zafar ties the film together beautifully without compromising on the commercial aspects


  • The editor could have chopped off a few scenes which would have brought down the length
  • The story might seem unrealistic to a few
Rating: ★★★★☆


  • No doubt the film will fare well due to Eid Holiday (As normally Salman films do, we are not surprised or not even new for us) but from Monday it will start collapsing very badly… It will not even sustain till next Monday, I bet…

  • Yeah ,i had said 2-3 weeks before that u will give 4 stars to sultan
    music is not at all the positive point of movie(if not negative) and salman’s haryanvi was irritating he does well only in fighting scenes

  • Cam somebody explain this to me?

    1. PRDP released on next day of Diwali (a holiday and one of the best days for business) and registered an occupancy of 75-85%.

    2. Sultana released on a ‘partial’ holiday (so called) and Muslims will supposedly stay away from it as Eid is on July 07. Still it registers 75-85% of occupancy.

    I mean is it practically possible?

    And I’m not comparing the star power of two different stars, but non-actor khan is common in both the movies. So how come such a huge difference?

    Or it is like non-actor khan gives the same opening on holidays, partial holidays and non-holidays. And if that is the case, what had happened to his stardom during Kick, BB, Flop Ho etc?

  • Another eid release another blockbuster Salman is unstoppable right now no one can beat him he is way ahead from his contemporaries. 300 cr on the cards will watch it 5 times throughout the weekend paisa wasool for audience please go & watch it.

  • In Chennai box office, usually, Ameer and SRK films rock.. I think this is the first time, all major multiplexes and bigger screens are screening Salman’s film…It shows Salman has gained more popularity now..

  • FAN IMDB ratings was started from 9.1 and Sultan IMDB ratings started from 5.1 woww

  • People are comparing it with Bajrangi Bhaijaan and calling it even a better performance of Salman…


  • Moments back I came across a funny comment of one of non-actor fan.
    So according to him, July 06 is a ‘partial’ holiday, plus since it’s a pre-Eid day, Muslims will not watch Sultana which eventually should negate the effect of ‘partial’ Holiday and it should be declared as non-holiday.
    Lol, if this moron would have concentrated on mathematics equations so strongly during his academics, he would have reached a better position today rather driving autos on the footpaths of Goregaon East.

  • @indicine
    after watching do you still feel it’s not an out and out commercial movie ?? :P

  • Btw Mohenjo-Daro songs are out and I must say, Rehman has nailed it completely.

    -Sindhu Ma
    -Tu hai

    And the best is, the tune of ‘Lakh Lakh Thora’.
    According to me, best music album of the year (so far).

  • There are actors with fan bases Of a whole
    locality;whole city;whole state;whole country, and then
    there is SALMAN KHAN #sultan #bhai

  • I loved the movie – I would rate 4 star as well . Yet again he had deliver .. all the BLOCKBUSTER.

  • Dont over-estimate Salman Khan, lol. Sultan was a good film, but definitely not a must watch. Good first half followed by a bad second half evens out. Wished that the film would concentrate on wrestling genre more, but it turned out to be 80% love story and 20% wrestling. Going with 2.5/5 stars. Wondering whats wrong with second half condition of films of SRK and Salman this year :P

  • aa gya sultan………….. chhaa gya sultan!!
    ATBB is on the way, going to break all the records! mindblowing

  • 75-80% occupancy in morning from now on it will only increase and in evening and night shows occupancy will be 100%….

    40cr+ is possible now that too on Non Holyday…..

  • I loved the movie – I would rate 4 star as well . Yet again he had deliver .. all the way BLOCKBUSTER.

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