Sultan - A Wrestler's below average melodrama/love story
Pro Take Down, it is a wrestling contest which is a total flop in India. This is how it all begins, media persons are explaining why such sports does not work in India, one surprisingly goes bold and say that India is an IPL country and only cricket can be succesful here(lol). Anyways, so these all media person are waiting outside the premises where a crucial meeting is being held, and this meeting is for a failed sport Pro Take Down Wrestling. Lots of money are at stake.
(Aakash oberoi)The person who brought this game to india, claims full responsiblity for the game's failure and asks board for permission to give him extra 6 months and promises them that "He will not let them down". The board decides to give him a last chance. And now he is worried over the fact that how would he pull down such a big task and there comes an supreme idea from his father with a lecture on Indianness, His father explains him how Incredible India is a country of feelings, how Indians are soil lovers and if He could bring an Indian wrestler to fight agains mighty Foreign wrestlers, he could make this game popular.
To my absolute horror that Akash asks his father "No single person from India could even stand against all those foreign Wrestlers" but father informs him that there is one Indian person (Yes, only one from entire India) who can fight those wrestlers down, and there begins a lame introduction of India's biggest super star Salman Khan "Sultan Ali Khan". When you see salman khan walking down the desi akhada ring, you will realize why he is The Biggest Super Star in India. Sultan Ali Khan starts to pin down all the opponents one by one (In Slow Motion) with his masterful moves. So father's story is starting to make much sense to Aakash and he decides to contact Sultan Ali Khan to convince him to take part in Pro Take Down Wrestling.
Now he goes to Sultan's village and soon finds out that Sultan has a bad things going on for him because of wrestling. Aakash comes to know about Sultan's love interest Aarfa. Aarfa is a wrestler herself and she fights and takes down male wrestlers. He tells Aakash how she inspired sultan to take wrestling for a career, and what goes wrong between those two and because of that Sultan is not at all wanting to get back to wrestling.
So now, the story is "will sultan go for Pro Take Wrestling and win back his Family and fullfil his dream and make country proud?" Find out yourselves by watching the movie.
Now, The movie is too big, editors could have done better job here, There are three songs which could have been cut down as they do nothing but breaks the flow of story, those three songs are "440 Volts", "Sacchi Mucchi" and "Jag Ghoomeya"
The second part which mostly involves Pro Take Down wrestling contest, is not at all filmed well. Salman Fights 4 wrestlers and you frankly have no idea how that competition works, you will just see Sultan fighting and suddenly reaching semi finals and in fact win semi finals with broken ribs. The Story writers did confusing job about introducing the actual format of that contest.
Anushka Sharma does not look at all convincing when in wrestling ring and her expression looks total lame in many scenes, she failes to match a lady wrestler and in normal scenes she does okayish job.
Randeep hooda and his characters introduction looks unconvincing and you have to cop with his screen time. Amit Sadh is okay and passable.
Now coming to Salman Khan as Sultan, This is his career best performance. He is just brillian from the frist frame. Especially post interval portion, he is simply unmatchable. When you see him for half an hour after interval, you realize that no other actor in bollywood could portray this character, this was meant for him. He did supreme job in portraying succesful and egoistic wrestler but it is when you run out of words to describe his powerfull performance as a saddist person who lost his family and now fighting back to gain back all its glory. This is the best of the year so far. Two Thumbs up for him alone.
The movie has lots of ups and downs, ups when it catches your interest and down where it forces you to take a pee pee breaks. The major thing is climax does no justice, it is quick and not filmed the way it looks convincing. Sultan gets hits after hits, goes all blank and suddnly in a flash jumps up from coma and beats opponent down in a minute. That was a big let down for me.
This movie is not at all comparable with any memorable movies based on wrestling or inspirational movies.
The basic message is "Never Give up", and movie succeeds in giving that message but in a silly way.
I am going with 1 star out of 5 for this one.
(This is just what I felt about movie, I cant be biased in my review, and I am very very happy that this is writing records in Box office)
AND PLEASE DO NOT MENTION MY HOUSEFULL 3 RATINGS : THis TWO MOVIES ARE OF DIFFERENT GENERS HENCE NO COMPARISION IS POSSIBLE.