A gripping sports drama with some genuinely exceptional performances. Highly recommended.

Sports Dramas are on a rise in Bollywood of late and Sudha Kongara's 'Saala Khadoos' too falls under this category. Ever since the trailer of the film released, there has been a huge buzz and frenzy amongst the audience since the trailer looked impressive. So here we are, finally the film is out and without wasting any more time, let's analyze whether 'Saala Khadoos' will mange to live up to the expectations and anticipations of the audience or will it disappoint.

'Saala Khadoos' tells the story of Adi Tomar (R. Madhavan), a veteran professional boxing coach of the girls boxing team who due to some dirty politics and unmanageable circumstances, gets transfered to Chennai. Adi is now on the lookout for a young and energetic girl who has the passion and the fire inside her which he himself possesses and the one girl who is so strong that she can surpass him too. His search ends soon enough as he comes across an eccentric fisherwoman named Madhi (Ritika Singh) in the slum areas of Chennai. The moment he notices this girl, he almost instantly realises that this indeed is the girl whom he was looking for and decides to train her in boxing so that one day she can represent India in World Championship Boxing Tournament and achieve her dream of becoming a boxer and also make India proud in the process.

Coming to terms with the acting part, R. Madhavan is simply in his elements in the film. He is raw, powerful and carries out each and every aspect of his character with supreme finesse. No doubt the actor has worked really hard to get into the skin of his character and so strong is his grip on his character that he actually looks like a veteran "Khadoos" boxing coach. This is surely one of his finest performances in recent memory and there is nothing left for him to prove that he is one of the best versatile actors that we have in the industry right now. Full marks and kudos to Madhavan. The debutant lead actress of the film Ritika Singh is completely a suprise package! Just like Madhavan, this young actress is full of raw energy, talent and looks stupendously promising in her acting abilities. Ritika has carried out her role exceptionally well and has managed to do full justice to it. She looks quite like a force to be reckoned with. Rest of the supporting cast which includes Nassar, Zakir Hussain, Mumtaz Sorcar and Radha Ravi help in carrying the film forward.

Cinematography of the film is commendable as the action sequences look quite realistic and have been shot very well indeed. The film has been edited well too as the length has been kept to just around two hours and it does not get laggy or stretchy at any point of time and manages to keep the audience hooked to their seats.

Out of the five songs in the soundtrack, there are two which stand out. One being the title track 'Saala Khadoos' which is very ear pleasing and the other one being the melodious track 'Dil Ye Ladaku'. Rest of the tracks aren't bad either and gel well with the film.

All said and done, kudos to the film's director Sudha Kongara as 'Saala Khadoos' is indeed a well made sports drama with exceptional performances especially from the lead starcast, a good and gripping storyline and also good music. It's a film which is inspiring too since it shows how if a person has some dream in his/her life, then how hard he/she has to work and persevere incessantly in order to achieve that dream. And yes, it's so good to watch a talented and versatile actor like R. Madhavan in a hard hitting role after a long time. Book your tickets right away as 'Saala Khadoo's is surely a film worth watching. We are going for a three and a half stars for the film.

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