by P Sinha

 Posted on 08-Jul-2016 11:33 AM

Sultan, like his other films, maintains a laser-like focus on Salman. However unlike his many films in the past, Sultan does have a story. Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) is a happy -go-lucky lad of a small town in Haryana who does not seem to have any ambition for his future. His chance encounter with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma) and subsequent proposal to her for marriage shows Sultan the mirror -he is nothing but a bumpkin who can only dream of marrying an achiever like Aarfa. Ego hurt, Sultan sets out to prove himself, becomes a wrestling champion and even marries Aarfa. But in the journey from a nobody to a wrestling star, he acquires a big ego. His arrogance strains his relationship with Aarfa and is in shambles when their newborn son dies.

Sultan is emotionally shattered, gives up his wrestling career and gains weight. He does, however, want to set up a blood bank in memory of his son and agrees to participate in mixed martial arts competition to make money. The film now veers towards Sultan’s transformation from an out-of-shape ex-wrestler to a champion all over again.

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The film seems to be checking off recent trends in successful cinema – set in a small town and a sport theme. However, it tries to pack everything that Salman’s fans expect including impulsive romance and action. The end product is a mishmash of all genres.


Among the actors, Anushka Sharma as Aarfa is good. Salman is charming even when he is portraying a man drunk on success. He sure needed to have worked on his Haryanvi diction. The way he does it, is sometimes comical. Supporting cast has little screen space.

The film is way too long, at close to three hours. The director has squeezed in multiple fight sequences but after a while they get repetitive. There was an opportunity to go into the complexities of the relationship between Sultan and Aarfa, yet the film focuses only on Sultan. The director probably wanted to juice the megastar’s appeal to the maximum by devoting almost every frame to him.

Compared to many of Salman’s no-brainers, Sultan is a much better film. However, independently, the film is just another star vehicle. Unless you are a die-hard Bhai fan, there is nothing special about this Sultan.

Rating : 3/5

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

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

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