Sports based flick hits the sweet spot as a commercial potboiler – Sultan movie review

Reviewed by – Madhukar KR (

Planet movies Rating – 4/5 

Sultan is a 2016 Indian sports-drama film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films banner, the film stars Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in pivotal roles and centers around Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), a wrestler who has problems in his professional and personal life. From a small town wrestler in Haryana, Sultan achieves global fame winning bouts at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the 2011 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul and the 2012 London Olympics.[2]The film released on July 6, 2016.

Bhaijaan Salman Khan has yet again proved that he is the sultan when it comes to giving box office blockbusters. This time yet again Salman has the backing of the biggest production house in Bollywood, YRF after Ek Tha Tiger. From performance perspective Salman Khan has given his career best performance. It shows on the screen that he has worked real hard on his physique of transforming into a wrestler and then again into a 40 something guy who puts on weight and then again redeems himself to get back into shape to fight the biggest battle of life.. Against himself. 

The Hindi accent with a Haryanvi dielect works very well when all the characters of the film mouth the dialogues consistently.

Anushka Sharma has played her role of a woman wrestler with immense grit and commitment. Special mention should be made for Randeep Hooda who plays Salman’s trainer and Anant who plays his close friend. The film works in various perspectives and angles. This is not a run off the mill Salman flick. It’s a sport based film with undertones of a wrestler’s personal life problems and how he redeems himself after being a heart broken man due to certain circumstances in his life. 

However the film still has some clique song and dance which only contribute to the length of the film. Do not be mislead though.. The film screenplay is gripping enough to hold your attention for 2 hrs 51 mins. The film’s background score and camera work is top notch. The plot line is well thought out and brilliantly worked out. The climax consists of a series of wrestling games with interesting twist and turns which will give you goosebumps. The ending of the film is anybody’s guess though.

This is a feast for Salman Khan’s fans or otherwise on the holy festival of Eid. Go rejoice the film in theatres.

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