Review : Saala Khadoos (R. Madhavan)
Release date : Jan 29, 2016
bollywood3.com Rating : 3/5
Director : Sudha kongara Prasad
Producer : Rajkumar Hirani
Music Director : Santhosh Narayanan
Starring : R. madhwan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar
Madhavan is back after a long gap with his hard hitting sports drama Sala Khadoos. The much awaited film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Adi(Madhavan) is an aggressive women’s boxing coach who does not mince his words. One fine day, he is surrounded by a huge controversy of sexual harassment and gets transferred to Chennai. There, he is assigned the job of tracing some raw boxing talent.
One fine day, Adi comes across a fisher woman named Madhie( Rithika Singh) who has a hidden talent of boxing. He some how manages to convince her and starts coaching her. This is also the time when Madhie’s sister who is also an upcoming boxer plots against Madhie.
Some untoward incidents happen and Madhie is thrown out of an important match. This upsets Adi big time and he kicks Madhie out of his life. Rest of the story is as to how Madhie regains her lost glory and wins the confidence of her coach back.
Undoubtedly, both Madhavan and Rithika are the heart and soul of the film. Madhavan means business and goes about his role with a lot of heart. The way he has bulked up and carried away his character role is quite interesting. The way Maddy showcases his frustrations in important scenes speaks volumes about his acting.
Ritika Singh is a huge find. The talented actress brings life into the character of Madhi and performs to the best of her capabilities. All her combination scenes with Madhavan and the chemistry they share is pretty good. Nasser Hussain is impeccable as the villainous coach and brings the house down on fire.
One of the biggest drawback of Sala Khadoos is that it has a huge hangover of SRK’s Chak De India. Right from the sports premise to the non supportive players, you are bound to remember that flick time and again.
The so called matches that are showcased lack the necessary punch and emotions. They are hurried on to us and that makes things a bit unbearable at times. Other than Maddy and Ritika, rest of the supporting cast are below average.
There are several logics which go missing in the film. Also, the romance that is showcased between Maddy and Ritika looks forced and hurried on to us.
Music of the film is just about ok and so was the background score. Camera work is pretty good as it nicely showcases the boxing atmosphere and rural areas of Chennai. Screenplay is pretty good as the film has decent narration and is made straight from the heart.
Coming to the director Sudha, she has done a decent job with the film. Her casting is spot on and the way she has extracted performances from the lead pair is just splendid. Had she made the boxing matches a bit more interesting and avoided the romance between the coach and Madhie, things would have been even better.
On the whole, Sala Khadhoos is a honest approach towards attempting realistic cinema. Interesting premise and some stellar performances by Madhavan and Ritika are major plus points. If you ignore the Chak De effect in the movie and go with the flow of the film, you can easily watch this film for its hard hitting drama.
bollywood3.com Rating : 3/5
Reviewed by Avad M