Saala Khadoos (2016)

Cast –  Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Kaali Venkat, Baljinder Kaur, Mumtaz Sorcar

Writer/Director – Sudha Kongara

Screenplay by – Sudha Kongara, Sunanda Ragunathan, R Madhavan

This movie, which seems more of a cross breed between Mary Kom and Chak De, actually gets its genetic qualities from neither.

It’s not a biopic like Mary Kom… does not have the technicalities of a sports movie… is more on coach-protege angle like Chak De but does not have its engrossing quality or brilliance like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

It sadly falls flat as a mediocre amalgam in spite of some good potential.

The directorial efforts seem more amateurish than anything else.

The main culprit is the predictable lack lustre script which had nothing new to show. It relied heavily on melodrama and emotional angle but somehow failed to rev up either overwhelming emotions or adrenaline.

Forget a sports movie , I think Jo Jeeta Wohi Siqandar’s cycle race was far more nail biting than this movie’s ring bouts. The last one was better though with some inspiration from Chak De.

Performance wise… Madhavan did deliver a power packed performance and played the khadoos to the hilt with a lot of help from free flowing obnoxious language and dialogues.

Ritika Singh did try her level best (maybe a little harder than required) and was good for a kick boxer turned actress.

Zakir Hussain impresses with his repelling negative character. With his menacing looks, the man has always been impressive… even in a zero dialogue role like in Sarkar.

But… just good performances have never been enough to save a dull movie .

It could be a one-time watch with some shining moments here and there.

On a scale of 10, I would rate this 6 .

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