Starring: Salman Khan (Sultan), Anushka Sharma (Aarfa), Anant Sharma (Govind), Kumud Mishra (Coach Barkat Hussain), Amit Sadh (Akash), Randeep Hooda (Fateh Singh)
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Music: Vishal Shekhar
The festival of Eid is never complete with the sumptuous Biriyani, mesmerizing kebabs, luscious Siwaiya and a block buster entertainer from Bollywood’s Bhaijaan, Salman Khan. Starting his Eid campaign with Wanted, followed by Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg, Kick and last year’s record breaker Bajrangi Bhaijaan , over the years the festival has not only brought a lot of name but also a massive chunk of entertainment to the Indian cinema fans. Stepping into 2016, Salman Khan starrer, Sultan has already put the multiplexes and Bhai fans on red alert.
Produced by the Yash Raj banner, Bollywood’s greatest production house does not seem to not have spared any stone unturned to transform Sultan into the biggest releases on the 70mm screen. Salman Bhai’s new avatar of a Haryanvi wrestler ranges from cute, care free and comic in the beginning to sentimental, serious and zealous towards the end. He tries his best to make you laugh, cry and feel for the role he plays, but there are times when Bhaijaan is unable to pull off another Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The lady of the film, Anushka Sharma makes her mark and changes gears beautifully across the film. From a hard core wrestler to a loving wife, this young lady gives the veteran Khan stiff competition on screen and a heart-warming performance.
The 3 hour entertainer shifts focus time to time from its main actors to the supporting cast , Anant Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda and Kumud Mishra, who make small yet noticeable impacts in this action and emotion packed entertainer. No doubt, Sultan has its heart in the right place and does appeal to the crowd, but the movie gets intensely dull and difficult to sit through at times.
Director Ali Abbas does seems to have learnt a lesson from his earlier movies, Meri Brother Ki Dulhan and Gunday but seems to have forgotten the art of editing. Music by Vishal Shekhar is no good and other than a couple of Salman dance moves and “Baby Ko Bass pasand hai”.
Despite its cons, Sultan is the typical Bhai type entertainer, which will make you whistle your heart out in the end. Wide range of emotions, well timed comedy, a heavy background score and a charging Salman Khan are the highlights of Sultan. Last, but not the least, it’s a movie you can risk investing your time and money on.
My Rating: 2.75/5