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: Sultanย 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!

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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: ★★★★☆
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125 Comments

  • A 4 star rating by indicine. This means the film is not in league of Bajrangi Bhaijaan & PK.

    Classics are usually given average ratings by Indicine ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • No kissing scene. No intimate scene. No heavy duty love dialogues…. The romance in #sultan is so real. And Beautifu

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    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
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    After reading the review I can conclude indicine have not really liked the movie. Throughout the week, they kept on using words like “Euphoria”, “Mass histeria” etc, but such flashy words are absent from the review. Even for non-actor’s performance they have given a plain conclusion without stressing much on other aspects .
    Since 4* is their well defined criteria, they stick to that but their reviews is written in such a way as it deserves only 3*.
    Nevertheless, Sultana has joined the epic league of Oscar winning craps like Kick, Bodyguard, Ready, PRDP and many more…!

  • I just watched sultan fdfs and salman makes sultan work , its his real life persona which is why the character looks real and believable.

    Lets see how india reacts to sultan , i personally loved it , 1st half was simply awesome and family audience will love it
    Second half too was equally good , its like a commercial and a better version of brothers , wwe fans will love those batista bombs and suplex moves , butbi dnt know how family audience would percieve it

    But Now salman is in great form , after bajrangi bhaijaan , i think salman has again outdone himself , this was a way more challenging role – physical transformation , haryanvi accent emotional expressions everything looks perfect and anushka too is equally good infact in some scenes she shines more than salman

    We all know sultan for sure will thrash opening records, lets see can it break bajrangi bhaijaan record or pk record

    All set and done i just dnt want salman to do those crazy bodyguards and readys aur even dabang 3

  • Why these directors and producers don’t understand how much damage the length of film can do?
    Same thing happened with PRDP. But still it should easily cross 250 cr.
    But if it was even 70 % of BB then 320 cr. was a cake walk for a film.
    Though I have not watched the film but talking on the basis of some early twitter reviews and review of Indicine and Bollyarena.

  • Oh no 4 stars, it means this film is as bad as Happy New year, Dilwale, PRDP, Dhoom 3,etc.
    If it would have got 3.5 stars. Then this movie would be an epic like Bajrangi bhai, Bajirao mastani, Bhaag milkha bhaag, pk.
    The best is 3 idiots which got 3stars from indicine. 3stars>3.5stars>4stars on indicine..

  • great to see 4 star and one more thing indicine in Pakistan craze was never seen before oh man what a movie

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    Without Randeepโ€™s intense bravado Sultan would have fallen flat. Amit Sadh is decent in his role.
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    So Randeep of Sultana is Nawaz of BB. Both served the same purpose – compensated the limited acting skills of non-actor Khan.

  • First half is very good.Second half is letdown.Acting of salman is not good but not even bad haryanvi accent could have been leval of kangana in (TWMR) aur Randeep Hunda.i personally feel Anushka and Randeep’s acting better than Salman whaever lenght of role they get.Fighting scence only plus point for salman acting.Story look like combination of Chak de India and Marry Com.20 odd min could have been edit.

  • day wise breakup

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  • Shocker: Indicine rating a khan’s film 4stars.you are really biased and unreliable when it comes to review of big films.affter giving 4stars to dilwale,prem ratan,hny and kick.and now sultan

  • SULTAN craze in Overseas….

    “In Pakistan, Sultan was competing against a regional film and 4 Hollywood releases (including Ice Age). However, Sultan has beaten all the films by a huge margin. Our correspondent in Pakistan has reported that Sultan all shows have gone houseful in all over Pakistan. The demand for Sultan at the ticket counter is too damn high but they have to be disappointed as there is a shortage of tickets. The disappointed audience opted for other films then.

    Sultan tickets are being sold in black at some theaters. This is unbelievable as such craze has never been in Pakistan. There is a big holiday of Eid in Pakistan so the business has got a huge boost. The film is surely going to challenge highest opening day ever.

    In UAE, the scenario is not much different. The opening was 75-80% on the morning shows which will be considered as a bumper. Normally here the film picks up its pace from afternoon.”

  • Ha ha ha another 4* for khan films.. Great going INDICINE.. Keep it up.. Ridiculous review, absolutely a biased one..

  • Watched 1st day 1st show and really mesmerised by the performance. Worth watch and real value for money for movie goers. Will watch it again with family

  • a perfect commercial film with little MELODRAMA.. those who have seen will understand my sentence very well! the truth was eyes were wet at times and mouth dry.. bit EMOTIONAL

  • a perfect commercial film with little MELODRAMA.. those who have seen will understand my sentence very well! the truth was eyes were wet at times and mouth dry.. bit EMOTIONAL… BULLEYA๐Ÿ‘Œ still ringing in ears

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