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Saala Khadoos Movie Review: Madhavan's Knockout Performance Held Back By Poor Screenplay

By Priyanka


Saala Khadoos has a lot going for it! The movie stars Madhavan in the lead role who has transformed himself for the role in this movie, it is backed by Rajkumar Hirani and the movie belongs to sport genre!

Chak De India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom impressed us so much that we expect the same from Saala Khadoos, Even Brothers which was all about mixed martial arts was an entertaining movie!

taran adarsh @taran_adarsh

taran adarsh @taran_adarsh

2016 has started with a bang. Last week #Airlift. This Friday #SaalaKhadoos. What. A. Film. Engaging. Inspiring. Deserves an ovation...

Raj Kundra ‏@TheRajKundra

Raj Kundra ‏@TheRajKundra

Bro @ActorMadhavan all the best for #SaalaKhadoos I loved the movie it's a blockbuster in the making!! Time for a knock out!! @ritika_offl

Sunidhi Chauhan ‏@SunidhiChauhan5

Sunidhi Chauhan ‏@SunidhiChauhan5

Saw #SaalaKhadoos last night.. What a simple and beautifully inspiring film.. Ritika is Fire and Mr. @ActorMadhavan , you are AMAZING!

itimes ‏@itimestweets

itimes ‏@itimestweets

Live #SaalaKhadoos review: You can't help but fall for the rugged good looks of @ActorMadhavan. Maddy is back! @RajkumarHirani @utvfilms

The Poetry Of Life ‏@roymbaabs

The Poetry Of Life ‏@roymbaabs

#SaalaKhadoos Very nice 1st half! Lovely acting by @ActorMadhavan and the new girl is pretty good too!

Noyon Jyoti Parasara ‏@NoyonSENSE

Noyon Jyoti Parasara ‏@NoyonSENSE

Watched #SaalaKhadoos last night. Saw the mad side of R Madhavan after ages. Take my word. Watch the film.

This film was shot in both Hindi and Tamil simulaneously and features Madhavan in the leading role as a boxing coach and Ritika Singh who is a real life Indian mixed martial artist as the aspiring boxer. So will Madhavan's film deliver the same success or will it sink? Read to find out

Cast: Madhavan, Ritika Singh

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Saala Khadoos Plot:

Saala Khadoos starts off on a great note! Much similar to the plot of Chak De India, we have a disgraced coach Adi Tomar (Madhavan), so that leaves us with no surprise. The story revolves aroung how he makes a discovery in Madhi (Ritika Singh), an aspiring boxer which gives him a purpose in life.

There is of course are back stories of these two characters which fail to fulfil its prupose! The movie also shows the various scams, sexual harassment and involvment of politics in sports. These topics have been dabbled in other sport genere filsm as well but the fact that we are over informed about each scene before it even happens kills what little curiousity we have.

Before every scene, an announcement of sorts is made by the maker which spoils the follow up scene. Writer-director Sudha Kongara Prasad is the only let down in this film. Her story, screenplay and direction is what pulls down this movie from achieving major success like Airlift, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Chak De India.

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Rajkumar Hirani has co-produced the movie along with Madhavan, so we expected the director who has given brilliant films to Bollywood to have corrected the flaws before releasing the movie.

He too made PK which was so similar to Oh My God but the film managed to present itself in such a different and entertaining manner that every body went gag over PK. Director of Saala Khadoos should learn a thing or two from her producer or the latter should have interferred, then the movie would have been far better than it is now!

Coming to the performances, Madhavan is such overwhelming. He literally puts all his blod and sweat into playing this role to perfection but all his hardwork goes to waste when he has been given the same support through the screenplay.

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Every frame and every scene that Madhavan appears, he impresses you but somehow his flawless performance gets held back by the shoddy writing. Ritika Singh who is a real life mixed martial artist too has done a fab job at acting in this film. The duo's interaction and chemistry in the movie is so good but sorry to be saying this for the hundreth time, the director ruins it all.

The cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan deserves a special mention. His camera work is far superior to what we have seen in Mary Kom or any of the other movies.

As we go on praising each and every factor in this movie, the performances, the camera work, we still can't forget the one back backdrop, lack of good material. One thing to be said here is, Saala Khadoos may let you down, thanks to the flimsy work by the director but it doesn't mean the movie is no good.

It just doesn't end up going to the level of Chak De India or other good sport movie is all. Had the director paid attention to the tiny flaws of poor narrative, poor writing and poor screenplay, Saala Khadoos would have soared higher than any sport genre movie as the lead actors, Madhavan and Ritika emerge as heroes in this otherwise heartless story.


The film may lack a little emotion but it can surely be watched for the sport genre and Madhavan's knockout performance and on any given day, this film is 100 times better than Mastizaade which even Sunny Leone could not save.

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