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Movie Review: ‘PINK’ Is The New Black!

This week apart from the sloppy horror fest Raaz Reboot, one also witnessed the release of a small but dark movie by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury – PINK. Produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sarkar, starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Andrea Taring, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra, PINK is a gritty and dark take on crimes done on women in a city like Delhi.

Three girls – Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are staying together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality and are normal working professionals in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert they accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer (Angad Bedi), who is a relative of a powerful politician, and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Haryana. Rajveer is known to Minal through a common friend and therefore they go with the boys. Rajveer and his friends get drunk and try to molest Minal and her two roommates. Minal in the heat of the hour smashes a bottle on Rajveer’s face hurting his eye, leaving him bleeding.

In retaliation, Rajveer and his friends try to vacate the girls from their houses, threaten them over the phone and also abduct Minal and physically assault her. Minal is forced to file a FIR against Rajveer and his friends. Upon realization Rajveer lodges a wrong FIR against the girls, labeling them as prostitutes, using his powerful connections. Minal is charged for ‘Attempt to murder’ and for soliciting, where she could face imprisonment for more than 10 years if convicted.

Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings and has an ailing wife. He is also a neighbor of the three girls and witness their troubles & agrees to represent the girls in the court. The film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys in the court.

Performances in the movie are a highlight. Every actor justifies their respective characters. Among the girls Tapsee Pannu and Kriti Kulhari do a wonderful job. This is the first time that these two actresses have got a meaty role to dig their teeth into. Amitabh Bachchan is in a great phase of his career. The legend is getting some of the best characters in his second innings which would make any actor from his generation envious of him. Angad Bedi is quite effective and so are the actors playing his friends. Dhritiman Chatterjee and Piyush Mishra in the role of a judge and prosecutor  quite remarkably.

The story, screenplay, and dialogues are quite powerful and not only gives the debutant director (in Hindi) Aniruddha a good scope to showcase his skills. The cinematography by Abhik Mukhopadhyay is quite nice and so is the editing by Bodhaditya Banerjee which is quite crisp. The background score is quite gripping however there is no scope for music in this realistic movie.

On the whole, this is a very good movie that everyone should watch at least once.

My Verdict: 4/5

Movie Review: Raaz Reboot A Great Spoof On Horror Movies!

Vikram Bhatt‘s obsession with the supernatural subjects is widely known and after making some really good movies  in this genre viz. Raaz, 1920, Haunted 3D etc., he seems to have run out of ideas. Proof? In the last few years, movies like Raaz 3D, Shaapit, Creature 3D, 1920 London Returns etc. written or directed by him did not offer any novelty. However, I did go to watch Raaz Rebooted with a lot of expectations. One, for the franchise and two, I thought after few setbacks Vikram would have upped the game to bring back the audience’s faith back in him. Alas, I was much disappointed. Anyway, more on that later. Let me start with my review.

Raaz Rebooted tells the story of Rehaan (Gaurav Arora) and Shaina (Kriti Kharbanda) who move back to Romania after Rehaan gets a lucrative job offer. The couple although married seem to have a lot going on between them after they shift to Romania. Although they stay under the same roof but they live in different rooms. Soon Rehaan gets busy with his work and Shaina seems to experience paranormal activities in the house, making her believe that the house is haunted. However, Rehaan dismisses her claims and chooses not to believe her which makes her feel more lonely and distant from him.

One day Shaina runs into her ex Aditya (Emraan Hashmi) who tells her that he is been getting nightmares about what is happening to her at her house. Although, she chooses to not believe him, but when Aditya explains each and every incident in detail which she is privy to, she believes him. Aditya also tells her that he knows the reason behind all these activities and Rehaan is keeping a dark secret with her. To find out if Aditya can help Shaina get rid of the evil spirit and what ‘Raaz’ Rehaan is hiding from her, you need to watch the movie.

Like pointed out by me in the start of the review, Vikram Bhatt disappoints the audience’s expectations by making a ‘khichdi’ of all the horror movie plots he has made in the past and also from others and tries to serve as a new movie. The story does not offer anything new. The sequences do not provide anything new, nor does the movie offer any chills or thrills popularly associated with this genre. All the more, one can easily predict how the movie is going to unfold and there is no surprise element. The scenes with the Raven, wall crawling and bent backward pose by the possessed woman or the possessed woman eating insects, eye in the wash basin etc are done to death. The only twist he has given is that no mantra just ‘Mangalsutra’ is the biggest ‘hathyar’ against evil spirits. If Vikram Bhatt had put it across that he is making a spoof of horror movies then I am sure this would have been a great show and tell example

Performances by the lead actors are again a mixed bag. Emraan brings on board his years of acting experience and therefore does not disappoint. Gaurav Arora is promising, although the first sequence of the movie when he and Kriti’s character are shown entering the house, his expression seems to be flat and wooden, however, if you excuse that one scene, you will see a potential powerhouse of a talent in the rest of the movie. Few scenes stand out like the confrontation scene with Emraan Hashmi and the emotional breakdown scene towards the end of the movie, Gaurav stands his ground. A great outing for Gaurav and I am sure in the coming days he will only get better. Kriti Kharbanda in her debut Hindi movie seems to be quite amateur and does a bad job, especially in emotional scenes and her possession scenes. If any other actor would have got an author backed role, she would have made a kill for it, alas, Kriti falls flat on her face. I would rather blame Vikram for not extracting the best out of her, the way he did with Bipasha in the first ‘Raaz’ movie.

The music by Jeet Ganguly and Sangeet-Siddharth Haldipur is quite nice but not as good as the first movie in the series (I am sorry for comparing both movies, as I feel, the first movie was the best in this series and I am glad even the producers Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt has realized that they do not have anything fresh to bring to table, therefore, announcing this to be the last in the series.)

The cinematography by Manoj Soni is superb, the way the snow laden landscapes of Romania are captured is breathtaking. Also, the set designer has done a great job bringing to life some really great pieces of Romanian furniture on screen.

On the whole, the movie is a spoof on horror movies, rather than being a horror fest. Moreover, I would like to give my rating only for the music and performances by Gaurav and Emraan. Sorry, this movie didn’t work for me at all.

My Verdict: 1/5

Movie Review: Baar Baar Dekho – A Total Letdown!

A news like Dharma Productions and Excel Entertainment joining hands is something to celebrate, as both premier production houses are known for some pathbreaking and good movies. However, after watching Baar Baar Dekho, I must admit that even best in the industry can also come up with a bad product. Debutant director Nitya Mehra had everything going in her favor viz. Big stars – Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra, big names/banners – Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani, good songs – Kala Chashma, Nachde Ve Saare, Sau Aasman etc, big budget, picturesque locations and a grand release, alas all gone waste.

The movie tells the story of childhood friends turned sweethearts Diya (Katrina) and Jay (Siddharth) ready to tie the knot. However, on the day of their marriage, it dawns on him that they are different and he chickens out of the marriage. Then comes the time travel part where Jay with every sleep he wakes from finds himself in different time zones and he keeps aging and so does his relationship with Diya which is going for a toss and how he goes back to mend the relationship forms the rest of the story.

There is nothing new in the story or the premise as we have seen many similar ones churned out by Hollywood in the past. Also, if we jog our mind, there were few examples in Hindi movies too, eg: Love Story 2050, Kal Kisne Dekha and Action Replay. The first 30 mins are quite exciting and build up the expectations of the viewers, however, post the first time traveling expedition, the movie nose dives. Nitya Mehra needs to work harder as a director in her future movies as she is not able to leave a stamp with her abilities.

The screenplay, story, and dialogues by Sri Rao, Anuvab Pal, Nitya Mehra and Anvita Dutt is not up to the mark. Katrina and Siddharth do not deliver any noteworthy performances. There are not many surprises from the supporting cast either. The music is good, the editing is very average. The cinematography by Ravi K Chandran is breathtaking.

On the whole, you will not miss too much if you do not watch this movie.

My Verdict: *

Movie Review: Akira – A Gritty Woman Centric Movie!

AR Murugadoss is the first director who gave started the 100 crore club with his debut Hindi movie Ghajini way back in 2008. He continued his successful stint again with Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. In this week’s release, ARM presents a gritty woman-centric movie Akira starring Sonakshi Sinha. Frankly speaking this time again, ARM does not disappoint. Yes, I do agree it is not in the mould of Ghajini or Holiday, however, he brings to life a real life situation that could be faced by anybody.

Based on Tamil movie Mouna Guru, Akira starts with the voice introduction of Akira Sharma (Sonakshi Sinha) by Sub-Inspector of Police Rabia (Konkona Sen Sharma). The movie goes back in time when Akira is a kid living with her parents in Jodhpur. One day she witnesses an acid attack while returning from school and she testifies against the culprit. This tragic incident encourages her deaf and mute father (Atul Kulkarni) to enroll her for the martial arts classes. The guys against whom she had testified catches her one day to teach her a lesson and in the ambush accidently she throws acid on one of them. As a result, she is sent to a remand home for three years.

Once she is out of the remand home, her brother urges her and their mother to go with him to Mumbai. Reluctantly she leaves for Mumbai and gets enrolled in a college.

There is a parallel story happening in the interim wherein corrupt ACP Rane (Anurag Kashyap) and his three trusted aides come across a car accident victim. When they try to help the victim, one of his aides find a bag filled with notes. Finding it as an opportunity to get rich instantly, they kill the victim. Unknowingly, Akira gets involved in the case and finds herself locked in a mental asylum. What happens to her is the rest of the story.

This is Sonakshi’s best performance till date. She lives the character of Akira and convincingly plays the part of an action lady. The way she fights, her body language, dialogue delivery, facial expressions, everything shows how diligently she worked hard to play this role. Anurag Kashyap as ACP Rane is too good. He delivers his part in the villainous role and is a sheer delight to watch. Konkona Sen Sharma in a brief role of Inspector Rabia is quite delightful. However, the part where she plays a heavily pregnant lady does not do any justice to the entire plot. It looks like a forced fit. In the supporting cast, Raai Laxmi, Amit Sadh, Smita Jayakar, Atul Kulkarni and the guy you played the transvestite have done justice to their parts.

Director AR Murugadoss does a fine job. I will not call it as his finest product, however, he does deliver a decent product. Story by Santha Kumar and screenplay by Santha Kumar & AR Murugadoss is good, although they have taken a lot of cinematic liberties, but no complaints there. However, the climax could have been better. Being an action movie, the fight sequences are good but very few. Dialogues are average and music by Vishal-Shekar is plain okay. If you look at it, there is no scope for music in this action packed movie. Background score by John Stewart Eduri is mind-blowing. Editing could have been crisper.

On the whole, I would say Akira delivers and with word of mouth publicity this small budget woman-centric movie should appeal to it’s target audience.

My Verdict: ***

Movie Review: A Flying Jatt – Flies Aimlessly!

Indian superheroes apart from Krishh have not struck a chord with the audiences’ hearts and this could be attributed to the fact that the content was never that great. This week again we have a superhero movie releasing from the stables of Balaji, directed by Remo D’souza who has a 100% track record when it comes to movie success ratio. A Flying Jatt starring Tiger Shroff, Nathan Jones and Jacqueline Fernandez, lives up to the audience’s expectations or not, let’s check out.

The story revolves around industrialist Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) eyeing Aman’s (Tiger Shroff’s) family land which is opposed by Bebe (Amrita Singh) – Aman’s mother. Aman is a total ‘Fattu’ who is intimidated by anything and everything in life including his martial arts students. Would Aman be able to fight Malhotra and the deadly Raka (Nathan Jones) – Malhotra’s henchman forms the crux of the story. The entire movie showcases the misadventures of a fumbling and bumbling superhero in the first half and preachy environmental documentary in the second half.

The story has nothing new to offer, you can see a lot of comparisons with few other superhero movies and also ‘Malegaon Ka Superhero’ where the antagonist drew his power from filth. The screenplay and dialogues are pathetic. Performances of Amrita Singh and Tiger Shroff stand out. Jacqueline Fernandes is wasted. Nathan Jones does look ferocious and scary. Kay Kay Menon does not get justice as an actor.

Remo D’souza who impressed everyone with movies like the ABCD series and Faltu, falls flat with A Flying Jatt. The thought of Swach Bharat Abhiyan getting translated into a movie is great but the execution is bad. Music by Sachin-Jigar is average apart from ‘Beat Pe Booty’.

On the whole, the movie fails to rise high and might find some acceptance with the kids.

My Verdict: *

Movie Review: Mohenjo Daro – Strictly Avoid It!

Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and newbie Pooja Hegde is the next big release of the week. Ashutosh Gowarikar has come up with few nice movies in the past including Oscar-nominated Lagaan, and has a knack for historical presentations viz. Jodha Akbar and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se etc.

Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) is an indigo farmer who always fantasizes about going to Mohenjo Daro which is always opposed by his uncle and aunt. Somehow he convinces his guardians and goes to Mohenjo Daro which gives him a feel of familiarity. After experiencing the ill-treatment given to farmers by Maham (Kabir Bedi) the head of Mohenjo Daro and his equally cruel son Moonja (Arunoday Singh), Sarman decides to leave the town. However, a chance encounter with Chaani (Pooja Hegde) the daughter of the head priest of Mohenjo Daro promised in marriage with Moonja, changes his mind. Will Sarman take on Mooja and Maham to win his love? Also, what connection does he have to Mohenjo Daro is what lies ahead.

The story has a lot of similarities with the play Mohenjo Daro written by Akashaditya Lama (who has been screaming his throat dry with the plagiarism charges on Ashutosh Gowarikar). The screenplay is a big letdown. There are many dejavu moments borrowed from other movies from Bahubali to DDLJ. The dialogues are nothing to write about. The VFX is bad. The editing by Sandeep Francis is average, a lot could have been trimmed in the second half which goes on forever.

Performances are pretty average. Hrithik is in his usual self while Pooja Hegde shows some promise. Kabir Bedi gives an okay performance while Arunoday Singh is bad. In the supporting cast Manish Chaudhary as Chaani’s father does a good job while Suhasini Mulay, Nitesh Bharadwaj and Kishori Shahane are effective.

Music by A R Rahman is strictly average, infact, I would say this is one of his poor compositions except Tu Hai which is quite hummable.  The background score is again average. Cinematography by C K Muraleedharan is above average. The costumes by Neeta Lulla is quite exotic and good to look at.

On the whole, this could be one movie that can be easily avoided.

My Verdict: *

Movie Review: Rustom – Akshay Saves The Day!

The Independence Day weekend brings today two big budget movies viz. Mohenjo Daro and Rustom starring Akshay Kumar, Ileana Dcuz, and Esha Gupta. 2016 can be ideally called the year of Biopics with so many of them releasing back to back and Rustom again is inspired by the famous Nanavati case the led to the end of the jury system in India.

The movie takes you back in 1950’s Bombay (not Mumbai) when judicial decisions were taken by jury members. Rustom Parvi (Akshay Kumar) serves in the Naval force and lives a happily married life with his wife Cynthia Parvi (Ileana D’cruz). The myth of a happy married life ends when one day Rustom comes back home from sea, earlier than expected and finds out that his much-in-love wife has not returned home for past 2 days. He comes across few letters that tell a story of an illicit relationship between his wife Cynthia and a filthy rich businessman Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). Unable to bear his wife’s treachery he in a moment of passion kills Vikram and hands himself over to the police and then pleads not guilty. When Vikram’s well-connected sister Preeti Makhija (Esha Gupta) comes to know of her brother’s death, she vows to take revenge and uses everything in her power to put Rustom behind the bars. What happens to Rustom? Would he end up in jail or will he go scot free? Is there more to what lies in front of the eyes? To know that one needs to see the movie.

Although there are few movies made in the past based on the Nanavati case viz. Yeh Raaste Hai Pyar Ke and Achanak, director Tinu Suresh Desai does a decent job, however, the screenplay by Vipul K. Rawal lets him down. The dialogues are okay, however, there are few scenes in the courtroom that evoke laughter.  The editing by Sree Narayan Singh could have been crispier as the movie lags in few places. Songs by Arko, Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari and Raghav Sachar are decent, however, the background music is quite loud and irritating.

When it comes to performance, Akshay Kumar is at his best. He gets into the character of Rustom Parvi with ease. He emotes well, romances well and Rustom will again be a great performance in his overfilled hat. Ileana D’cruz is good, however, not great. Esha Gupta is a disappointment, the lady needs to emote more than pout. Arjan Bajwa is good in a small role. In supporting cast, Sachin Khedekar, Usha Nadkarni, Kumud Mishra and Pawan Malhotra live up to their parts.

On the whole, the script is weak but performances are great. Go for Rustom if you are a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan.

My Verdict: *** (extra star for Akshay)

Movie Review: Dishoom – Lacks A Solid Punch!

After delivering a mediocre Desi Boyz, David Dhawan‘s son and Varun Dhawan‘s elder brother Rohit Dhawan makes a comeback of sorts with this week’s solo release – Dishoom. Starring John Abraham and Varun Dhawan in the lead and ably supported by Akshaye Khanna, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rahul Dev and whole lot of cameo making stars, Dishoom reminds you of many cop-buddy movies starting from Main Khiladi Tu Anari to Dhoom series. Does this high on octane movie with beautiful visuals packs a punch or not, let’s find out.

36 hours before an India-Pakistan cricket match in the Middle East, India’s star batsman Viraj (Saqib Saleem) gets kidnapped. The kidnappers demand Rs.400 crore for the release of Viraj or else they would kill him. India’s external affairs minister entrusts the brooding, chain-smoking top-cop Kabir (John Abraham) along with Junaid (Varun) who has a rare distinction of never solving any case, to solve the case and bring back the national hero before the news spreads and creates riots.

While on the journey of solving the case, Kabir and Junaid come across many suspicious characters that includes the heroine of the movie Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez), Wagah (Akshaye Khanna) and Altaf (Rahul Dev). Does Kabir and Junaid find out the real person behind the kidnapping and save Viraj is all what the movie is all about.

The plot is a done to death one and we have seen many cop-buddy movies in the past (as mentioned above) where one character is brooding and strict while the other one is a bumbling buffoon. However, here Varun takes the cake and the bakery with his charming performance and innocence. Varun is proving himself to be a bankable and versatile actor with movies ranging from Badlapur to Humpty Sharma to Dishoom. It’s a sheer pleasure to see him perform on screen. John on the other end does not show much promise as an actor. However, he is exceptionally good with the action scenes. Jacqueline Fernandez has pretty nothing much to do. Akshaye Khanna in a negative role after a 5 year sabbatical shows promise and makes me feel that he is one actor who has never got his due. The rest of the supporting cast from Nargis Fakhri to Vijay Raaz to Rahul Dev and yes we do have a special cameo by Akshay Kumar here, does a great job.

Rohit proves himself to be a massy director however, he fails to have control on the script. The script by him and Tushar Hiranandani is pure average however some of the punchline does evoke laughter. The first half is bearable but the second half needed some trimming to make it more crisper and tight. Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is extremely breathtaking. The action sequences are well executed and music by Pritam is catchy especially the title track, Sau Tarah Ke and Parineeti’s first item song Janeman Aah.

On the whole it is a massy movie however, it still lacks a solid punch.

My Verdict: **1/2

Movie Review: Great Grand Masti – Typically Boring!

A decade ago Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria – once upon a time big shot director-producer duo came up with a fun movie Masti which did reasonably well at the Box Office. Like all other director-producers who after hitting a rock bottom take shelter under their hit movies, trying to make them franchises (I would term it milking cows). The duo came up with Grand Masti a sex-comedy which had the same characters and situations with a new set of heroines which became a HUGE hit. Now three years later an overconfident Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria in a joint production with Ekta Kapoor‘s production house has released a very substandard movie – Great Grand Masti!

Like the earlier two movies, the premise starts off with the three characters Meet (Vivek) Amar (Riteish) and Prem (Aftab) who are living in a sexless marriage with their wives Sapna (Pooja Banerjee), Nisha (Shraddha Das) and Rekha (Mishti). To break their mundane life and to have some Masti, the trio goes to Doodhwadi to sell an ancestral bungalow owned by Amar. There they encounter the beautiful enchantress Shabari / Ragini (Urvashi Rautela), a ghost waiting to get her fill of love and sex. Shabari traps them in the haunted haveli until the trio fulfills her wish. To add to the mayhem their wives and their extended families end up in the haveli. What happens next has to be seen on the screen.

First thing first, the story by Tushar Hiranandani and screenplay by Madhur Sharma and Akash Kaushik is very basic and does not add much to the franchise. Apart from the fact that like in the first part where the guys were crazy for one girl the same is repeated here but it does not evoke the emotions of Masti nor the crass comedy of Grand Masti. The dialogues are not great to evoke laughter nor does the sequences that are supposed to be funny make you laugh.

Performances of the lead actors fall flat as there is no meat in their characters to put up a great act. The new actresses are below average and does not show any spark through their performances. Urvashi Rautela had a bigger and better role but she falls flat in her antics. Usha Nadkarni and Sanjay Mishra as Antakshari Baba does a good job. Cameos by Shreyas Talpade and Sonali Raut is plain okay.

Music was a highlight of Masti but here barring two songs Resham Ka and the title song, none of the songs are worth listening to even though they have a long line up of music directors viz. Sanjeev-Darshan, Sharib-Toshi and Superbia. Cinematography by Nigam Bomzan is strictly average and the editing by Sanjay Sankla could have been crispier.

Overall, this is a movie that does not offer much to the masses nor the classes. My advice skip it!

My Verdict: *

Movie Review: ‘Sultan’ has BLOCKBUSTER written all over it!

No EID is EID without a Salman Khan blockbuster releasing every year. This year YRF and Ali Abbas Zafar bring in the much-anticipated Salman Khan  movie of the year – Sultan. Set against the backdrop of wrestling this Salman-Anushka starrer is actually a love story.

The movie begins with Akash Oberoi (Amit Sadh) who is one of the stakeholders in Pro-Take Down (which is one of its kind MMA wrestling tournament) trying to save it’s existence. His father Parikshit Sahni advises him to get Sultan (Salman Khan) who was once the world champion in wrestling, on board to change his fate. Inspired by the story told to him by his father, Akash reaches the village where Sultan leads a non-existent life. After Sultan refuses Akash’s offer to wrestle in Pro-Take Down tournament, he goes searching for the reason that made a world champion leave his glory and game forever.

The movie then moves into a flashback revealing Sultan and Aarfa’s love story. Sultan Ali Khan, who was once an aimless man dabbling with cable TV business, finds his passion for wrestling when he falls head over heels in love with the fierce and independent wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma), daughter of a famous wrestling coach who teaches the sport in an authentic and rustic Indian akhada. Their love story turns into marriage after Sultan turns into a passionate wrestler who gears up to take down the world with his unique moves and starts winning championships. As pride takes over the mind of a talented Sultan, a loss of his loved one reduces his fame to ashes. In an attempt to regain his lost love and respect in the eyes of Aarfa, Sultan once again takes up a challenge – he joins Aakash to fight against the world champions of Mixed Martial Arts and is ready to go to any lengths to regain everything he has lost.

Ali Abbas Zafar after two failed attempts – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Gunday, comes up trumps with Sultan. The script in it’s whole is an entertaining one and has all the ingredients to make it a huge hit among the audience. Although, let me clarify here that it is not a very unique or never-done-before plot but still it is a sheer pleasure to watch this love story set in the background of wrestling. The dialogues are wonderful, the screenplay is flawless although the editor could have trimmed down few scenes in the second half to make it more pacier. The first half is absolutely filmy and entertaining while the second half is more dedicated towards the rise of a fallen hero showing more of wrestling matches and training.

Performances by every actor are top notch. Salman Khan shows why he is at the top of his game. He gets into the character of Sultan as if the character was just made for him. You forget he is the superstar we all like to idolize instead you will see the character taking over the frames like his earlier release Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Anushka has given a very strong performance. She looks, acts, talks like a Haryanvi wrestler. Amit Sadh is a pleasure to see on the screen. He should be given more meaty roles and movies so that a talent like him can be nurtured and not lost to anonymity. Randeep Hooda is powerful but wasted in a cameo. The actor who has played Sultan’s friend Govind (Anand) is awesome. He is another actor to look out for. Kumud Mishra as Sultan’s coach and Aarfa’s father is quite impactful.

Music by Vishal-Shekhar is quite nice especially Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai, Jag Ghumeya and the title track. Background score by Julias Packiam is nice and goes with the theme of the movie. Cinematography by Artur Zurawski is excellent while action choreography by Larnell Stovall is praiseworthy.

On the whole, Sultan is definitely a movie to watch out for as it has BLOCKBUSTER written all over it!

My Verdict: ****