Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Saala Khadoos: One of the most powerfully written scripts of 2016

Rajkumar Hirani is a name trusted with visual delights and great story-telling. R Madhavan is one of the most underrated actors of Bollywood who never fails in surprising his viewers by playing different and unusual roles. In this film based on a number of true stories and facts, they joined hands. Saala Khadoos is a tale of passion for sports (boxing) and the country’s pride. Let’s see what Saala Khadoos has in store for its viewers.

Saala Khadoos starts when Adi Tomar (women’s boxing coach) is transferred from Delhi to Chennai because of a forged anonymous sexual harassment complaint received from a boxing student of the academy. After moving to Chennai, Adi spots raw talent in a fisherwoman named Madhi (Ritika Singh). The movie gears up from this point on and shows how a wild, ill-tempered and grumpy girl starts her journey of boxing.

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What happens next is an interesting story of boxing, coach-student relationship, love and politics etcetera.

From action to pack-up, Saala Khadoos is a Madhavan movie. He is believable and acts aptly as the title of the movie. Saala Khadoos, literally! Even his jokes, taunts and emotional out-bursts are in sync with the character he plays; one of Madhavan’s best performances, hands down.

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Ritika Singh is stellar. She delivers a pitch perfect performance, oozes rawness, wildness and unpredictability. Ritika is one actress to look-out for in the future.

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Zakir Hussain (as Dev) is effective and impressive. Nasser is a delight to watch. Mumtaz Sorcar (as Laks) has also given a praiseworthy performance.

The movie has good music; very unconventional but it goes with the theme of the story and the songs are smartly synced in the storytelling to make the needed impact. Jhalli Pataakha by Sunidhi Chauhaan is simply outstanding.

The title track is good and narrates the feel of the character properly.

Dil Ye Ladaku is another song which is not a usual track, but reminds of A R Rahman’s Kya Kare Kya Na Kare from Rangeela (1995).

I would recommend this movie highly to anyone who supports quality movies; this is by far one of the most captivating and powerfully written scripts of 2016.

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I would rate Saala Khadoos a good 3.5 out of 5.

from The Express Tribune Blog

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