Sultan Movie Review

Sultan brings Salman Khan's charm to the fore, rendering a crowd-pleaser, that ticks all the right boxes 

Brain-o-meter Rating: 7/10

Salman Khan, unlike the other Khans, does not seem to be bothered by critics of any kind. Yet, his selection of films in recent times showcase his strong choices that have a blend of the head and heart, and focuses on his strengths and charisma rather than real acting potential. And with Sultan, Ali Abbas Zafar carves a potboiler that leverages Salman's machismo to the hilt, without pandering to too many contrivances.

But for me, Sultan is a better Salman Khan vehicles because of its supporting cast and able sure-handed direction from Ali Abbas Zafar. Anushka Sharma is one of the highlights here, suitably Haryanvi in her speech, and a wrestler in attitude too. She makes a great pair with Salman and shines memorably in many of the scenes.

Anant Vidhaat is a scene-stealer as Sultan's friend Govind who issues spitfire dialogue delivery and is the lead's best friend. After short stints in Gunday and Mardaani, Anant managed to bag this meaty role which he relishes with complete gusto. Amit Sadh has grown as an actor and it shows in his portrayal of the fighting club owner. Kumud Mishra and Randeep Hooda essay their role with gravitas, rising above their flimsy characters who are one-note at best.

The music may not be chartbusting like previous Salman films but they are just about decent. 440 Volt, Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai, and Jag Ghoomeya are hummable at best. The cinematography is good enough for the fight scenes although I found it a bit jarring that Salman resorts to one classical move - the Dhobi Pacchad - thrice in the movie at pivotal fight scenes, making his portrayal as an ace wrestler or MMA champion non-realistic. Barring a few clunky scenes, the overall movie is a fine watch by any standards. Just do not expect something extraordinary here.