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Sultan is one movie repeated twice – once before the interval and once after. Both are equally predictable and melodramatic.Read more
The good news is that the film is not your standard Salman Khan film that asks you to leave your brain behind. The not-so-good news is that it is still a predictable, melodramatic affair. The bad news is that the plot repeats itself twice over.
It seems like telling it once didn't take it to optimum runtime, so the writers decided to say it all over again. In turn, this one ended up being almost 3 hours long. With nothing new to tell it is interesting that the second half is more engaging than the first. It could have to do with a fresh set of action choreography in terms of the wrestling matches.
Despite being a sports film, at its heart Sultan is romantic. But it is very conscious about being romantic. So, a boy woos a girl - twice. Each time, the boy is willing to go to any extent to win her love but of course he is too macho to accept it. Instead he calls it a fight with himself. eyeroll That and dialogue you would find in any coach-prodigy film like, “I see myself in you.” make Sultan even more predictable.
The only surprises then, can come from individual situations or performances. Individual situations try hard to seem progressive in the form of the lead lady giving a lecture on a woman's rightful place in this new age. Unfortunately, it cannot hold its own for too long and falls prey to putting the man on a pedestal despite his faults. So be it. Anyway, so is it in real life. With a pinch of salt, we can applaud a Salman Khan film to be close to reality.
It also nods its head to reality by acknowledging that it is rife with melodrama. That still doesn't make the melodrama any more tolerable. Interestingly though, the performances do their best in keeping the melodrama at bay. There are no histrionics and minimal hamming from lead actors Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. Supporting acts by one and all are pretty good too. Though each one of them slips in their accent and it looks particularly unnatural coming from Anushka Sharma.
Even so, Sultan doesn't get boring. The music is engaging, the visuals are crisp and fight sequences from the second half arrest your attention while they last. They take the edge off the flat plot, yet not a whole lot.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Even though she doesn't have the physique of a wrestler, her spirited performance makes you believe in her tough but emotional character. Salman Khan's best efforts have gone in the physical traits of his role. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, FirstPost : ...The male lead’s immaturity is believable, but it is disappointing to see the lack of inventiveness employed in writing the early stages of the Sultan-Aarfa romance:... full review
Thumbs up, by Shilpa , Reuters : ...Randeep Hooda, in a brief role as a fighting coach is the perfect foil to Khan’s often sardonic demeanour, and Anant Sharma shines as Govind, Sultan’s sidekick and long-time friend.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Salman gives a fighting performance, his character graph moving plausibly from a cheery, everyday "loojer" to a determined athlete, an arrogant star, a crushed, depressed, lonely guy. ... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ... We've said this before about filmmaking - Show, Don't Tell. The very crux of creative work is to communicate an emotion or an idea by means of subtle craft. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post : ...Zafar — who is also credited with story, screenplay, and dialogues — makes it very clear that he isn’t interested in subtleties... full review
ursgoodbadboy: watchd #Sultan.Epic.Now My Fav movie of All time. @aliabbaszafar bro U nailed it.personally I liked it way more than #BB.Go watch it pls.5/5
udayreddy14: I watched #Sultan movie... No word's to express ... Just say one word Hat's off to @BeingSalmanKhan
tejaiconoclast: Sultan is an ammaazzingg Bhai show.Bhai rockss bigg time.aatt!!
SukeshMishra13: Saw Sultan with family. Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Salman was superb so as Anushka
rokul88: Sultan is a brilliantly made film. Take a bow @BeingSalmanKhan for this out of the world performance !
ranausama1626: Believe Me Sultan is Awesome Movie Watch In Cinemas And Give 5/4 Star
preetsbatra: There are 3 kinds of movie: 1) GOOD 2) BAD 3) Salman Khan's Movie which is par excellence #SULTAN @BeingSalmanKhan , simply loved it ! ❤️
poonamdhillon: Congrats @BeingSalmanKhan @SultanTheMovie .Cant imagine any other actor being Sultan.Entertainment,Emotion,Excitement&Moral @aliabbaszafar
nixyyyyyy: #Sultan has been watched. Drama packed to perfection. Sallu, the only actor who'd get a thundering crowd response in Chennai after Rajini
Nav4Prince: However it was a pure delight to watch @BeingSalmanKhan on screen...he killed it♥Those dialogues..that comic timing
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MAbbas_k: Awesome movie #Sultan
KohliMyJaan: Time to watch sultan again
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JonaSallu: OMG! I am like SO happy that A came and said that #Sultan is such a great movie. Mr.Perfectionist’s opinion means SO much to me.
isaifrehman: #Sultan is a Must watch.
IncZack: Just saw #Sultan was hella LIT! Salman Khan is eternal bae, absolutely amazing, KING!!!!
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CAPKChauhan: Awesome Sultan...
bin_samak: the best movie ever done by salman khan is #Sultan #SultanKiEidi
BeingJasmeen: Salman Khan did SULTAN so perfect. His naughty attitude made me laugh
beingcool19: That 5sec Scene where Salman has to survive the first round. At that time i was just praying plz plz hold on. Thats the connection. #Sultan
BebosBaby: #Sultan is actually good
Atul_psingh: This time, he isn't #ChulbulPandey or #Bodygaurd or #Prem or #Radhe. This one is brand new. He is #Sultan. #bhaikimovie @SalmanKhan_
Atiq160Test: Sultan was a top class movie by @BeingSalmanKhan . Really enjoyed it. #Different Story #ClassActing
AkshitaAgrawa14: Saw sultan yesterday! An award winning performance from salman khan
ahmedjibran7: Story is good but still a typical salman movie.Salman could have acted a little better.Anushka is awesome in every frame. #Sultan
YouDontKnowWho_: Lmao any other actor and Sultan would have bombed. Shit is like Brothers reloaded. So cheesy.
travelport123: #Sultan totaly crap movie....a big boring and slow movie..worst acting by salman...stay away such a pakoww movie..
SharathVS: 2) Never book tickets in the centre of the row. Because you won't be able to run for your life while you see a movie. #Sultan
RahulNotAGandhi: Just saw #Sultan . Let's just say it's Salman's best movie in recent times. It is also by far the worst movie to come out in 2016.
ASK_Sherwani: #Sultan boringg sii haii..!! very much predictable...
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