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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Jul 25 2014

Kick- Movie Review


kick movie posterI have been down with a viral flu and resting at home since the past 4 days! I must have seen atleast 6-7 movies on TV because that’s how bored I was! Luckily Kick released and I got to go watch my Salman Khan on big screen! I was really looking forward to watching Kick after Jai Ho. Another film in Salman Khan’s 100 crore club? Ummm maybe!

Plot in Short– Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) is a 40 yr old unemployed genius who doesn’t dedicate himself to one place of work simply because it doesn’t give him the ‘kick’. His relationship with Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) doesn’t last because she wants to be with someone more stable in his career. After parting ways, he begins to take life seriously and now has a purpose- to make lots of money by stealing from the rich only on festival days, mind you; and help the children who need medical treatment (Being Human/ Robinhood?) by hiding under a mask and calling himself ‘Devil’ while Jacqueline decides to forget him, continue working as a psychiatrist and get married to a cop (Randeep Hooda) who is chasing Salman. Sigh!

The Good– Salman Khan is the number one reason to watch Kick. He’s not got many applause-worthy dialogues and neither is his performance exceptional in this one but with the French beard he takes all the ‘Hot’ points. Jacqueline Fernandez only had one expression throughout and she really tried but all she could do was look pretty. Randeep Hooda was actually the best where acting is concerned. Apart from that, to be honest, I can’t find too many reasons. The first half is very different from the second half. I personally thought the second half made more sense and had some substance as opposed to the first half. The chase sequences were well done. Also, the cinematography in general is very good. Kudos to Ayananka Bose and Alexander Witt. The music by Himesh Reshammiya is not bad at all. I like the songs ‘Yaar na miley’ and ‘Jhumme ke raat’. The styling is good.

The Not-so-Good– So besides the good things, the not-so-good list is quite long. Starting with debutant director Sajid Nadiadwala’s work as a director, the story, the screenplay, the editing, and the ‘Hangover’ song. Bleh! I was pretty disappointed because the message was good but the execution not-so-good. It reminded me films like Dhoom, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jai Ho, etc. I wish it was more original.

Verdict– Unfortunately not a Paisa Vasool film. You can watch it for ‘Kicks’ if you’re a Salman Khan fan and you looooove him like me. He gets half a mark for being Salman Khan in an otherwise flop film.

Rating– 2/5

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