Sultan : Movie Review

(Sultan Movie Review Spoilers Ahead!!!)

Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Produced by: Yash Raj Films

Salman Khan has always ensured big hits on Eid ever since he struck gold with Wanted in 2009. This year too, his latest Eid offering ‘Sultan’ expectedly opened to fantastic box office collections. It’s enjoying a great run at the box-office. Sultan has also done superb business in the international markets.

Salman is one of the few stars to guarantee a great opening on an All-India Basis. This has been reinforced with his latest release. It has been on a record breaking spree. It is one of the biggest openers of 2016 and also his biggest opener at the box office till date. It’s already breaking several records.

Salman’s fandom is a strange phenomenon in India. Despite what he goes through and what he does, his fans are always with him and supportive of him. Only a few actors are blessed with this kind of fandom.

While doing the rounds of promotional interviews for ‘Sultan’, Salman Khan compared the exhaustion of his physical training to a raped woman. This analogy of his received several criticism from the media, social activists, feminists, fellow actors etc. But his fans stood by him and defended him. Those speaking against him were trolled by Salman’s fans. This is the kind of power he holds over his fans with his persona.

Salman Khan

It is a romantic action drama with a sports backdrop (wrestling). Both the leads are wrestlers.

Salman’s films are not usually known to be critically acclaimed. But ‘Sultan’ is an exception. Most of the critics review suggests that the film is worth a watch.

From the trailer, the movie seems very predictable. Like every sports film, this is the story of the underdog. To reach great heights, the underdog has to slog and his path is strewn with various thorns/ obstacles. Sultan, too treads a predictable path until it reaches the climax.

Both the leads have been praised for their performances. Anushka Sharma has been called the soul of the fil. Tushar Joshi of says, “Performances are top notch with both Anushka and Salman complimenting each other.”

One of the characteristic of a Salman Khan movie is that he is shown to be invincible, almost like a gravity defying superhero. A welcome change in this movie, he is shown to be human, someone who is vulnerable and scared of failure. He portrays his character’s various moods well: a cheery guy to a determined person to someone arrogant to depressed, lonely guy. He has some very sensible dialogues. For a change it’s good to see Salman Khan mouthing sensible dialogues instead of the “dialogbaazi” we have always expected from him.



Anushka Sharma impresses in the movie. For once we have women’s emancipation for what it is.  “In a welcome change for Bollywood, (Anushka) Sharma actually talks about women emancipation in a language that isn’t confined to “Ghar me maa behan nahi hai kya?”, says Rohit Vats of Hindusthan Times.

The trouble with the movie is its length. The movie has a run time of nearly three hours. After some time it tends to get repetitive.

Sultan has all the right ingredients of a ‘masala’ pot-boiler. Though the film is very predictable, it is fun to watch and has its moments. “This is an out and out commercial film that has its moments of outstretched realities. For those who enjoy drama, this is the perfect weekend watch!” says Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi.c

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