Sultan - Movie Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan (@apotofvestiges)

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Sultan, Movie Poster, starring Salman Khan, Yash Raj Films, Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar
Sultan (2016) By Ali Abbas Zafar

Sultan is a 2016 Indian sports-drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films banner, Sultan stars Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in pivotal roles with the former essaying a wrestler, Sultan Ali Khan, who rises from a small town and achieves global fame by winning the Wrestling World Championship. Sultan is a story of the wrestler’s rise and fall and his professional comeback years later as an MMA fighter. The movie co-stars Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, Parikshit Sahni, Anant Vidhaat Sharma, and MMA fighter Tyron Woodley.

Watch My 2-Minute Video Review of Sultan (In Hindi) 

Our Rating: 6.5
IMDb Ratings: 7.4
Genre: Action Drama | Romance 
Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 170 min
Color: Color
Salman Khan as Wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan
Salman Khan as Wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan
Sultan begins on a rather slow note as the plot takes time to build up. We are introduced to a simpleton named Sultan Ali Khan who hails from the Rewari district of the Indian state of Haryana. Sultan runs a small cable TV company. Thanks to his athletic build, he happens to be the fastest kite runner in the neighborhood. During one of his running attempts, he bumps into a girl named Aarfa who is a state wrestling champion. In an endeavor to win her over, Sultan starts training as a professional wrestler and soon wins the State Championship. He follows it up with the World Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal. At the height of his professional career, Sultan experiences a tragic loss which makes him give up wrestling. After spending almost a decade in oblivion, Sultan gets his chance at redemption in form of Pro Takedown—India’s first mixed martial arts professional league featuring fighters from across the globe. But Sultan is too old and too overweight to compete with some of the deadliest fighters on the planet. Will Sultan's professional comeback be short-lived? Or, will he finally succeed in redeeming himself? Well, to give you a hint, the movie is closer to the Rocky series than it is to Raging Bull.
Anushka Sharma as Aarfa in Sultan
Anushka Sharma as Aarfa in Sultan
Sultan exactly proves to be what one expects from a Salman Khan movie. Yes, you guessed it right! It is an Eid special; a complete family entertainer that will make you laugh and cry, should you choose to suspend your disbelief. The first half is slightly dull but just has enough color to keep one engaged. Come the second half, the movie shapes up really well and more than makes up for the languid first half. The movie's flow here also feels a lot more natural than it does in the first half. 
Anushka Sharma as Aarfa in Sultan, Wresting a man, State champion
A Still from Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan
Salman Khan proves yet again why he is India's greatest entertainer today. Sultan is the furthest he has pushed himself in recent years. The results are quite obvious. He plays Sultan Ali Khan with the unbridled innocence of a child. The innocence he is able to exude on the silver screen is one of Salman's greatest charms. Anushka Sharma gets more screen time than any other actress has ever got in a Salman Khan film in recent times. And, to her credit, she does succeed in making her presence felt. The leads are well backed up by the supporting cast with Randeep Hooda and Anant Vidhaat Sharma delivering memorable performances. 
Salman Khan as Wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan
A Still from Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan
Overall, Sultan is an out and out family entertainer that would enthrall the average viewer with its themes of love, sacrifice, success, failure, guilt and redemption. And, as Ali Abbas Zafar promised, Sultan does succeed in presenting a new face of Muslim protagonists for whom Indian identity is above any other identity. Certainly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. And who better than Salman Khan to set this new trend? Sultan is flooded with product placements which can prove to be annoying. The makers appear desperate to make the most out of a Salman Khan film. But who can blame them? Sultan, for the most part, teleports us to a world of romanticism and escapism but realism seldom goes well with the Indian audiences. The fighting sequences in the movie are brilliantly choreographed. Also, the set decoration is absolutely commendable. Some of the aerial shots of Old Delhi with the famous Jama Masjid in the backdrop are breathtaking to watch. The high level of predictability and lack of plausibility of Sultan’s plot may disappoint the sophisticated audiences, but the rest will savor it without any reservations. Salman Khan continues to be on a roll. Another grand box-office opening is on the cards for him.

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  1. Rajeev MoothedathJuly 6, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Liked the movie.Salman surprised with some good acting....Overall enjoyable fare.

  2. Well, I guess, it's a mutual feeling... for I too was pleasantly surprised by it! :-)

  3. Eid Mubaaraq to you and your family!

  4. Thanks Amit bhai... Eid Mubarak to you too! :-)

  5. Great production values, music and dialogues only add on to how
    awesome this movie is. Special mention to the dialogue writer of the
    movie who have given incredible one-liners for the actor. His delivery
    and diction have been bang on, especially when he says that he likes
    Shah Rukh very much during a dialogue sequence. The fight sequence post
    interval touches unknown chords in one’s body and has left the audience
    with an edge of the seat experience.

    Marko Zaror, the villain from Undisputable-3 is the fighter in the
    final Pro Take Down match and his acting too gives you goosebumps. And
    what could one say about an Aditya Chopra film?! The production values
    are beyond expectations. You can see the complete Salman Khan Movie Sultan Review at

  6. Where I can watch this movie???

  7. It has just hit the theaters... probably you will have to wait till the DVDs are out.


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