Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Writer: Ali Abbas Zafar
Claps: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Direction, Fight sequences, Mithi Mein Tera Khoon song which keeps playing throughout the film (Damn it, I just can't get it out of my mind!)
Slaps: If you ain't into melodramatic stuff then some scenes may put you off, the long narrative
What's New: A Salman Khan who doesn't care a damn about showing his bulging tummy. It's quite refreshing to see him playing his age.
Popcorn Refill: Save the popcorn for the interval please!
Plot: Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) is a happy-go-lucky cable running guy who is yet to discover the ambition of his life. A chance meeting with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) leaves him all besotted with her. But the 'chhori' turns out to be Haryana's famous woman wrestler who is just too hard to impress. 'Sultan' tries every trick in the book to woo her until Aarfa breaks his heart and ends up insulting him.
After some self-assessment and a motivational talk with his father, the man sets on a journey to rise from the 'mitti' and become a world famous wrestler to stand tall in his own eyes. Like a true hero, he goes on to create milestones in the world of wrestling, bagging Olympic medals for India and even wins back his lady love in the process. Sultan and Aarfa get married. But 'Wrestling is not just a sport. It's about fighting what lies within'. The man is yet to learn this lesson but sadly, in a hard way! Will Sultan ever get a chance to restore his lost glory after losing one of life's crucial bout?
Performances: No doubt, Salman Khan has the meatiest role. He is the film's 'jaan'. After 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' and now with 'Sultan' the man proves yet again why he is such a mass hysteria. As Sultan Ali Khan he is a complete knockout whose punches of every emotion hits you straight in the heart. He is not your typical 'Salman Khan'. He is bashed by his opponents in the ring, his arrogance strikes him really hard in life, he is rebuked for being 'unfit'. But at every single moment you find yourself rooting for him.
'Bhai' in a film! What's the heroine got to do there? Well, Anushka Sharma is here to prove you wrong. It's not easy to stand out when you are cast opposite someone like Salman. But the lady as Aarfa makes most out of her screen time! She is sharp-mouthed, doesn't mince her words but at the same time won't think twice before sacrificing her dreams for her man. She gets every emotion right and leaves you in awe.
Amit Sadh fits seamlessly in his role and delivers a good act. Randeep Hooda as Salman Khan's coach is a delight to watch. His swag and attitude is bang on and he is here to give girls one more reason to crush on him!
Direction: After the 'forgetable' 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' and 'Gunday' Ali Abbas Zafar has indeed come a long way with his latest outing. He has made sure that the film has all the popular ingredients that the audience wants to see in a film. The icing on the cake- Salman Khan! This time Ali doesn't go wrong with his calculations. He has given 'Bhai-fans' every reason to rejoice. However along with this he even touches upon subjects like gender equality and patriarchy in the society. Unfortunately there are chances that the lessons will get drowned amidst the Salman-mania.
On the flip-side the film's run-time of 170 minutes is a bit tedious. While the first half is entertaining and engaging, post interval 'Sultan' ventures into the intense zone and runs a bit high on emotions and fight sequences. It's here where the narrative goes predictable and you know what's coming next.
'Sultan' has some well choreographed action fights and we are totally loving those 'dhobi pacchad' moves. Apart from the 'Sultan' song, 'Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai' and 'Jag Ghoomiya' none of the tracks stay with you and that comes as a tad disappointing!