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Sultan Review: Classic underdog story, horribly wrong


Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma & Randeep Hooda.


Director: Abbas Ali Zafar


Run time: 2 hours & 50 minutes.

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Have you ever been to a Being Human store? Have you picked up a tee shirt believing the money actually goes for charity? If the answer is in the affirmative, then trust me you have done you’re bit already. Sultan is nothing but branding of his concept, better known as Being Human. Likewise his store, this film too has a wide range of collection, sorry films all merged into one. This one was supposed to be his Rocky. But unfortunately, here the director is Abbas Ali Zafar.


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It is a classic underdog story, gone horribly wrong. The greatest sports films of all times, underplay their emotions, here though the director and the actors hammer it down on the audience. Arafa (Anushka) is a female wrestler brought up in a male dominated environment. Her father treats her as the male child of the family. So much for women empowerment showcased in the film. Sultan is a localite who has good body but has had tried wrestling seriously. Both of them fall in love, but the girl lays down one condition for marriage. Sultan wins every silver ware available for his ladylove and then his life turns upside down. How an overweight, middle-aged wrestler comes back from the brink and reinstates his lost glory defines Sultan.


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The tragedy with Bollywood is, any actor that has base in his voice is considered a fine actor. I am sorry but this needs to stop. We stereotype characters, and actors now stereotype their roles. At the cost of sounding rude but Randeep Hooda needs to shape up or just ship out. For the past few weeks, he has been in the news for all the wrongs reasons, this film will shatter box office records, but Salman in bajrangi was way better. The only actor that really stands out is Anushka but unfortunately has a poorly etched role.


Behind the scenes:

If Anurag Kashyap was accused of being funded by the Aam Aadmi Party during Udta Punjab. This one is blatantly ‘desh badh raha hai’ promotions. Unfortunately the makers here aren’t smart enough and have played to the gallery. So you have female foeticides as an issue, gender bias as an issue, and think of anyone plaguing our country and they haven’t missed it. At two hours and fifty minutes, this film is a mish mash of five different films that ensures the spirit of Sultan is lost. This Eid be prepared to see yet another bhai film. It could have been so much more but Sultan on a whole disappoints.



This was billed as a sports film. Salman was supposed to be India’s answer to Rocky Balboa. Alas! That did not happen. Instead even the layers we are masters at went missing one hour into the film. Had they worked a little more on the layer of romance between Arafa and Sultan this film would have been a savior. Unfortunately this one has become an exceedingly long public service announcement in the garb of a film.


Editor’s Take:

Last heard Tarzan has released too this Friday. Going by the quality of films coming from the west, you know which shows you should be booking this weekend.



2 out of 5 stars. (I  am being generous, because it is Eid Mubarak).


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