Sultan (2016)

Cast – Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra

Writer/Director – Ali Abbas Zafar

Is a goodies bag… full of typical Bollywood paraphernalia – romance, melodrama, sport, humour, underdog fighting his way up and… Salman.

It’s the story of an aimless small-town simpleton turning world famous wrestler who shuns everything because of a personal tragedy and then again fights back to stardom.

Like all other Salman starrers, this one too has all trappings for Salman fans .. plenty of him… but for a change, a different Salman. In a major part, he’s thick, he’s tired, he’s brooding, he’s beaten and his level best serious too. This is a welcome change from his typical Salman-ism.

Considering that serious emoting is not his forte, I think we can safely concede that it’s a welcome and admirable effort on his part.

And the support cast put in an appreciable performance too. Three actors worth mentioning are Kumud Mishra, Amit Sadh and Anant Sharma. Randeep Hooda is good in his extended guest appearance.

The script, though, I feel has nothing new to offer and pretty mediocre. The Salman Anushka chemistry is very average. There are many unconvincing parts too. In fact the story sags pretty much during their romance bit. It’s the wrestling/lights part and its related melodrama which keeps it going.

The dialogues are not too great but keep the humour quotient.

Towards the end, the fighting rink keeps your adrenaline up and tugs emotionally too.

The film might not be great or overwhelming but is definitely engaging and entertaining.

It’s a wholesome family entertainment and a good watch for the week.

Score 7 on 10.

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