Movie Review – Sultan
Yash Raj Films and Director, Ali Abbas Zafar churns out more of a romantic story drama amidst a sports drama. Though the story is a bit clichéd, the audiences are surely going to enjoy it for its commercial quotient. The crux of the story is Sultan’s battle with himself – physically and mentally against all odds to be worthy enough to win back his self regard and to stand tall in his own and his wife’s eyes.
Salman Khan as Sultan Ali Khan, a wrestler from Haryana just aces it. After a prolonged time, I could see Salman Khan actually playing a role with sheer impeccability. He is definitely a delight to watch in this film for his fans. Anushka Sharma as Aarfa, Haryana’s famous female wrestler delivers a brilliant performance with a lively Haryanvi accent. She is an inspiration to Sultan to go ahead and live their dreams.It’s great to see a female character having a significant role in a male oriented film and she has done so with perfection. Another standout being Anant Sharma, who plays Govind – Sultan’s best friend and desires a special mention. He performs with such coherence and ease. Amit Sadh as owner of a pro-wrestling league, Randeep Hooda as Sultan’s brooding coach and Kumud Mishra as Aarfa’s father make their presence felt. They prove to be a good supporting cast.
The director has kept the narrative style simple though stereotypical and extremely entertaining and it relies completely on the star’s vigour. Though an impactful drama, the screenplay of the film falls flat at times. It needs to be crisp at parts and dialogues seem to be a bit overly dramatic. Yet, it successfully engages the audience keeping them ensnared in its true emotions. The camerawork by Artur Zurawski is skillful especially while capturing the wrestling scenes in clear cut visuals. The music by Vishal Sekhar is apparent but few songs strike the chord especially tracks like ‘Bulleya’ sung by our very own Angarag Papon Mahanta and romantic melody “Jag Ghoomeya” by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
The film has a patriotic sentimental element into and out of wrestling as its Desi mud sport apart from cricket which makes it a heart-stopping sports drama is highly appreciable and the audience has its say. Sultan is a complete package of Paisa Wasool Masala oriented film with a different flavour of rightfulness, affinity and nationalism. The film posses every genre of emotions interwoven with hue of joy and woe, and driven with subtle precision and pace. Watch it to enliven the boldness and the spirit of positivity within oneself.