Jul 6 2016

Sultan- Movie Review


Sultan poster‘Khoon mein teri mitti, mitti mein tera khoon. Upar allah, neeche dharti, beech mein tera junoon…Aye Sultan!’

Just when you thought Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s got to be his best performance till date, Salman Khan gives us Sultan. And what a film it is!

Plot in short– Sultan (Salman Khan), a young man without an aim in life falls in love with a wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) who wants her husband to be a strong, dedicated wrestler too, just like her father. To win her heart and some respect, he works hard and becomes a world class wrestler. After a few years of being married and having great wrestling careers, Sultan’s arrogance goes up with his popularity while Anushka must leave wrestling to start a family. Things go awfully wrong and Sultan loses Aarfa and his purpose in life. A few years later, he gets an opportunity to wrestle again, only at a deadlier level. Will he risk it all to bring his old life back?

The Good– Salman Khan! Man! Every Eid he’s just been giving us brilliant films! Sultan too, without a doubt falls into that category. I’m not saying this just cause I’m a huge fan of his but seriously, he’s just doing better films and his performances are so much more real. This is probably the first time he’s done a role as inspiring as this and his hard work clearly shows; whether it’s his Haryanvi accent or the way he expresses himself when he looks at his fat belly in the mirror or the way he wrestles. Anushka Sharma plays a simple girl and totally rocks the look. She’s also so sincere in her performance that you can’t help but love her. Ali Abbas Zafar, whose directed movies like Gunday and Mere Brother ki Dulhan has outdone himself in Sultan. The screenplay is gripping and interesting, the film is well shot, the fight sequences are decent, and the music by Vishal and Shekhar is great. I can’t really tell which one’s my favourite song cause they’re all so good. I love the choreography in the songs. Especially that ‘bum step’ from ‘Baby ko bas pasand hai’. I could watch Salman do that step a million times and never get sick of it! The background score too is fantastic! The supporting cast plays an equally important part in making sure there’s never a dull moment. The actor who plays Salman’s best friend- (Anant Sharma) is one to watch out for! Great talent! Randeep Hooda has a small role but a great screen presence and performance. Amit Sadh is there in bits and parts and is good.

The Not-so-good– Except for the length of the movie which is two hours and 50 minutes (lots of Salman time which is not a bad thing for fans like me), there’s really not that much I can point out that would make this film any less awesome.

Verdict– Sultan is a must watch! Don’t ask why. Just go watch it and then come back and thank me.

Rating– 4/5



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Feb 14 2014

Gunday- Movie Review


Gunday-Movie-PosterFor Gunday I wasn’t expecting any theatre to be housefull; that too a show at 1:30 pm. But you know what?  I was wrong! I had to watch it in a theatre that stinks of pee (Central Plaza) ‘cause that was the closest theatre and the next show wasn’t too far away. Anyway, getting down to my review.

Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) both Bangladeshi refugees escape from Bangladesh as Gun Couriers. In Calcutta they take up a job at a small restaurant where they get thrown out from. They decide to make money to survive by stealing coal from trains and selling it. As time goes by, they become greater and more successful at smuggling coal and soon become the most popular ‘Gunday’ in Calcutta. A tough cop (Irrfan Khan) is all set to catch both of them and put them behind bars for all the criminal evidence he has against them. Will their ‘gundagiri’ be successful?

Director Ali Abbas Zafar definitely knows how to make his actors give their finest performance. If you see the story, it’s a typical Bollywood film from the 70s or 80s where revenge and blind love are the basics. The screenplay is alright and the background score really adds pace to the film which seems a bit slow at times. I wish the twists weren’t so predictable. I could guess every single one! The dialogue delivery though is superb! The action scenes are decently choreographed.

The styling is good. Both the actors have killer bodies that you can’t help stare at! The setting could have been better for sure. It all feels too polished and fresh for the 70s, 80s and 90s. The cinematography is great but then, all of Yash Raj’s films have the best cinematographers and use the best equipment to get the most splendid results.

When we speak of performances, there’s no denying that Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor are fantastic actors! They’re smooth, expressive and say their dialogues with style. While Ranveer Singh has his body to score lots of points, Arjun Kapoor impresses with the way he plays a grey shade to his character. Their chemistry is free flowing and entertaining and the best part is that both complement each other. Priyanka Chopra doesn’t have a major role but it is still significant and has done a good job. She looks as scintillating as ever! Irrfan Khan by default makes his presence felt in a large way. He is an actor of another level. Just too good!

The music by Sohail Sen is not exceptional and not that bad either. ‘Tune maari entry’ is my favourite. The other songs are alright. The visuals are beautiful in the song with Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh.

On the whole, Gunday is a one time watch. Masala entertainer with superb performances!

Rating– 3/5



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