The anticipation of the biggest Eid blockbuster comes to an end as 'Sultan', the intense sports drama finally releases. The film revolves around Sultan Ali Khan, a wrestler from a small town in Haryana. Sultan achieves global fame winning bouts at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the 2011 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul and the 2012 London Olympics. It is a story of wrestling obstacles in personal life or professional life and coming out as a winner with a few ignorable bruises.
Salman Khan renders a believable performance as a wrestler with an impressive physique; his confounding efforts are evident, while Anushka Sharma has done justice to her pivotal role. She plays a Haryanvi wrestler with élan and the audience will look forward to her screen appearances. Another actor who empowers the film with his subtle yet effective performance Randeep Hooda, who plays Salman's coach in the film. Amit Sadh is brilliant as well and the rest of the cast is just perfect.
On the whole, Sultan is a good Bollywood entertainer with some commercial ingredients as producer Aditya Chopra has written an exciting screenplay. Director- writer Ali Abbas Zafar has rendered a heart wrenching story with so much passion and grit. The first half of the movie is exciting, well paced and motivating but in the second half the narrative slips into a melodrama.
On the technical front, the film has superior production elements being produced on a staggering budget under the Yash Raj Films banner. Vishal-Shekhar's music and background score, Artur Zurawski's cinematography, choreography of wrestling scenes and punch dialogues make it a good entertaining experience.
Zafar, who has already entertained us with films like 'Gunday', 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' and 'Badmash Company' makes a decent film keeping in mind Salman's flamboyance and his strengths.
That said, yes the film has its own set of flaws but nothing that can't be neglected. It's not exceptionally well made, but not bad either. For Salman Khan's diehard fans, it's a perfect family watch on a gloomy rainy day, go for it and for those who are not his fans, which is a rarity, you can wait for it to premier on TV.