CAST & CREW
‘ Sultan’ is a romantic sports drama based on the life of Haryanvi fictional sports star who tries his best to win the battle within and be worthy of participation in the Olympics.
Plot: The movie begins with a disheartened Sultan ( Salman Khan), who stands defeated by life and is leading a simple life. He refuses the offer of taking part in a private freestyle wrestling league and working with them. The reason for this refusal reveals the real story behind Sultan’s disheartened approach to life. Eight years back, to win the love of a local wrestler, Aarfa, Sultan had joined and perfected his game of wrestling. He wins his love, and both climb the ladder of success to become nationally acclaimed wrestlers representing India internationally.
Eventually, Sultan goes on to become the Olympic gold medallist from India while the ambitious Aarfa loses her infant son at home. As fate would have it, the conceited Sultan and the depressed and angry Aarfa part ways and since then Sultan has let rust get on his iron will and power of wrestling. When offered money to accomplish his dream to establish a blood bank in his village, Sultan joins the wrestling league. There under the expert training by coach Fateh Singh (Randeep Hooda), Sultan regains his skill and charm and wins back Aarfa. During a crucial fight, Sultan is fatally injured and advised not to wrestle, but he should overcome the pain, win the fight within, whether he wins and emerges a champion or not is what all eager fans of “ Bhai” have to look forward to.
Analysis: ‘Sultan’ had already created a huge buzz before its release and all audience was eagerly waiting for the release of the movie. Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Sultan’ exceeds all expectations and wins the heart of all fans of Salman Khan. The story of Sultan Ali Khan, who dreams to make it big in life and Aarfa, the cute, bubbly female wrestler who aims at changing the rules of the society and earning her name in the world of wrestling manages to make the way straight to the hearts of the audience.
The locales of Haryana, the Haryanvi accent and the hard to act sincere fighting sequences all make- up for an entertaining movie. Though the movie is long and confusing at some ends but still, after all, it is a Salman Khan film, and obviously, the general rules of like and dislike do not apply to it. The heart- wrenching story which hits the note of emotions is a success at the box office as was earlier anticipated.
Star Performances: Salman Khan is definitely one of the most talented and profusely loved Bollywood star of all times. He delivers the most realistic and authentic performance as the wrestler Sultan. All parts of Sultan’s character, the rough and tough wrestler, the simple, sombre man, the romantic, the child- like person all are perfectly portrayed by Salman “Bhai”. He goes out of his comfort zone and delivers a brilliant performance making him all the more lovable.
Anushka Sharma is the quintessential Haryanvi female who has decided to follow her dreams, pursue her aim and raise a voice against the patriarchal system in Haryana. She portrays the character of the wrestler with great ease and finesse. Anant Vidhath stands out in his performance as that of Sultan’s friend Govind, who sticks with him through thick and thin as a source of constant support.
What’s There: The visuals are a pleasure to watch. The Haryanvi field, as well as the wrestling grounds, all are displayed in the most realistic manner. There are moral lessons too apart from the entertainment part of the movie. The film incorporates the values of forgiveness, perseverance, and inner strength. The empowerment of women is also touched upon in the script. The songs written by Irshad Kamil are a great treat for the senses.
Verdict: ‘Sultan’, as expected, is a blockbuster and a must watch. The actors deliver brilliant work, and the entire team puts up a great show with sincere effort. For the festival of Eid, the movie is loads of fun and “Ghana” “Bhai” charm.
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