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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Story may be predictable BUT screenplay and acting will blow your mind!!

10/10
Author: Movie Mechanic from India
30 January 2016

Complaint about this movie is that the story is predictable. Yes. Even Airlift movie's story is predictable. And in case of sports based film there's mostly the same story line. "A coach/player will lose and eventually win themselves or make someone win at the end".

It's the screenplay which makes the difference here!!

Screenplay - No-nonsense and straight to the point. It deals with the characters' screen time perfect. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Direction - Narration by the director is really good. Not fast paced. But well paced. Director had brought the things required for the film very well . Be it the acting or the environment.

Acting - Ritika Singh steals the show. There aren't words to describe her performance. Only when watching the film we realize. Madhavan as usual sticks to the character and performed just perfect!! A live example for versatile acting. Other supporting characters contribute their best. Only con is that some unknown faces don't make us feel emotional at times.

Music - Soundtrack of the film as audio doesn't bring much. But when combined with the frames of the film creates magic!! Santhosh Narayanan has given one of his best works.

There are many moments in the film where the wit of the director is highlighted - be it the jokes or the twists or social issue, they have been blended in the picture smooth.

Watch it for Ritika Singh, Madhavan, Sudha, Santhosh Narayanan!!

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant movie. Great acting...

10/10
Author: prakash-prajapati from USA
30 January 2016

Brilliant movie. great active, great direction. Nothing is missing in. Complete love story, sports movie, thriller, comedy, glamor and much more. I would rate it as Madhavan's best active ever. Female character ( Ritika singh) is fabulous. First time i got to know there is such actor in industry. I was forced to search her name after being impressed by her acting. Jalli pataka was awesome, Superb dance. Simple but best choreography. This does not mean all other actors did not well. every single character of this move did best. Very nicely covered pain of non-cricket sports in India. how badly and from which class they are coming. There are many such in India who can bean international champions but not happening, you can see in this move how and why ?.

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

What a Movie..!! Only Sportsmen can feel it

10/10
Author: Suchit Pandya from United States
29 January 2016

Excellent direction, excellent acting, nice screen play. Unexpected reality movie from Bollywood. If you have played any games in the ring or if you truly have experience of sports in India, this is perfect movie for you. It will hold you from start to end. Madhavan and Madhi(Female boxer) have done great job. Hopefully this movie will do good at box office so Bollywood gets inspired to make such movies instead of Melodramas or boring superstar movies like Prem ratan dhan payo etc. Story is completely roaming around boxing. It covers the real face of politics in sports which provides the suspense in the movie. Good fight scenes, good direction and screen play. Must watch in theater.

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Great to see Hindi film with meaningful content

10/10
Author: me-706-787946
29 January 2016

Very refreshing to see Hindi film with meaningful content. Air Lift and now Saala Khadoos. Maddy and Ritika has done a great job and for a small film its amazing to see what they have done that big filmmaker fail to do. wish more of films like these comes out of our bollywood.

The technical details and able to have a realistic fights like what Ritika has done is very believable and sad to know that we have talented people in every field but blocked by these goons politicians. as Maddy said correctly in the film, remove the politics from the sport and you will find champions in every ally of the country. imagine what India can do in Boxing, and other sports, how about Soccor qualified for FIFA?

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Another Passionate, Powerful and Gritty Boxing feature after Mary kom

8/10
Author: SivakumarBalachandran from India
28 January 2016

Irudhi Suttru (Tamil) AKA Saala Khadoos (Hindi) Review:

Sports drama revolving around coach student relationship, corrupted sports committee, Ego clash between players, rise-fall, victory- defeat, romancing coach, different levels of match, featuring aspiring sportsmanship and off course Patriotism these are the essential elements of any sports drama flick. So keeping the same formula but yet producing a refreshing film is a tough task to handle? But Director Sudha Kongara has brilliantly worked on the screenplay to keep this film solid and racy till the end. Take a bow Sudha. Excellent work. Casting: Holds important role for keeping us glued to our seats. Brilliant performances by the leads. Especially Madhavan as Prabhu (Tamil version)/Adi Tomar (Hindi version) has portrayed the role of a ruff, gritty, bitter, hard, raw and muscular coach on his 40s. Wonderful Maddy this would be one of your best performances in your career. The lead lady the boxer who comes to live the dreams of her coach is amazingly believable as an experienced actor Well done Ritika singh. Even without knowing Tamil her lip sync was much better than existing Tamil heroines. Well Supported by some known and unknown faces. Technical: Music, Cinematography and Editing are exactly resonating to the script and has in turn helped to elevate the whole movie experience. Verdict: Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Chakde India now Saala khadoos ! Get in for the ultimate boxing ride of this year and let's feel real sportsmanship and patriotism. So what are you waiting for? hit the theatres near you for real boxing the box- office. Dis satisfaction will be knocked out. By Sivakumar Balachandran

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A Boxing story with good punches.

8/10
Author: Siddharth Sanal from India
31 January 2016

Iruthi Sutru(Saala Khadoos) Whenever we come across a film directed by a woman (which is few and far between), we tend to have preconceived notions that it would either be a mouthpiece for their gender's domination or a soft mushy romance story. However with 'Irudhi Suttru' Sudha Kongara takes the viewer completely by surprise with her sports drama riding on a love story told in a raw manner which makes for a pleasurable and emotionally moving viewing experience. It isn't just Million Dollar Baby.It's also a story about sibling rivalry. We see a lot of red in boxing dramas, but here we also see bits of Grey.In some situation we feel goosebumps. Screenplay was awesome.All characters performed well.Surely it will be the another milestone for Madhavan.Worth watchable.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

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10/10
Author: Dawodsha Annel from Singapore
5 February 2016

Me and My Father watch this Movie and it was Excellent and actor Madhavan was acting like a real boxing coach and the actress Ritika Singh was acting like real boxer in the movie. My father was a former boxer he was very impressed by seeing the acting of Madhavan and everyone in this film. I hope this film must get national award after long time this is the first boxing film that impressed me and my father. All the actors in the film played their role very well. After seeing the film rocky this the first boxing film impressed me and my father. It is the best Motivational Film. I hope there is second part for this film. Thank You.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Saala Khadoos - Emotional Sporting Drama with Superb Editing and Well Direction.

9/10
Author: sidhartha from kolkata
30 January 2016

SCREENPLAY- The movie consists of very powerful plot and old wine in a new bottle with some unexpected twists which can lead the movie into a new level.

DIALOGUES - Dialogues of the movie is very much fresh and impactful. But the best one was

"Kaun Kehta Hai Ki Hindustanion Main Dumb Nahi Hai, Sports Main Se Politics Hatake Dekho, Gali Gali Mein Champions Milenge."

followed by

"Madhi: I Love You Master. Adi Tomar : Main Tere Baap Ki Umar Ka Hoon. Madhi: Bahot Saare Aate Hainmeri Baap Ki Umar Ke, Un Sabh Ko Jaake I LOVE YOU Nahin Bolti. Life Mein First Time Kisi Ko I LOVE YOU Bola Hai.Main Nahi Darr Rahi, Tu Kyun Darr Raha Hai. Tune Toh Kitno Ko Bola Hoga"

MUSIC - Music is done by the new face in tamil industry Santhosh Narayanan who haven't done justice to the songs but the songs are relevant to the situation.

ACTING - R. Madhavan is the "One Man Army" in the movie who took this script into the next level and not even a single time he has disappointed his fans in this movie. The debutante Ritika Singh is awesome with her role in the movie, the real life boxer looks very pretty and very comfortable with Madhavan but the real focus is Madhavan who is just incredible.

DRAWBACKS -

Drawback of this movie is the story, which is not a fresh one as the audience have already experienced the flavor of this type of movies before in Chak De,Mary Kom and like previous ones also in this movie the importance is given only to the coach & player.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A predictable but good boxing drama,lead by outstanding acts by Madhavan and Ritika Singh.

6/10
Author: Jasrick Johal from Vancouver, BC
29 January 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sports film are a niche genre in India, and when we talk about boxing, then there is only a few films ever made on the sport. In recent times Mary Kom was a boxing film that made the cash registers ring, however I wasn't a huge fan of the film(while most of India was going gaga for the film). However with this weeks release Saala Khadoos, I can't say the same. Thats because Sale Khadoos is an endearing, heartwarming , and inspirational film. The film even promotes women boxing. Coming from the Raj Kumar Hirani stable (he produced it) one can also see the great social message a film like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai gave in a film like Saala Khadoos, this Bi-Lingual (Hindi and Tamil) film is destined to win the hearts of its audience, but to a certain extent. While the former films mentioned were classics, Saala Khadoos is far from being in that league, as things such as predictability, being over melo dramatic bog the film down. However when watching the leads Madhavan and Ritika Singh perform one feels goosebumps from there awe inspiring acts. But more on that later.

Story wise Adi Tomar had a dream to win the boxing gold for India. Instead, he languished in a nightmare for a decade after his gloves were spiked during a match by his own coach, blinding him in the arena and handing the match to his undeserving opponent. Shattered by his loss, Adi turned to a life of cynical self-destruction. Loyal friends somehow bring him back to boxing as the coach of the low-rated Indian women's boxing team. Adi continues to dream - this time for a fiery young woman. Adi spots in her a champion. So begins a partnership between a man who loves his sport and a girl who loves her freedom. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a journey towards an impossible dream.

Acting wise Madhavan gives his career best act as the crazy, angry boxing coach. One can feel his pain and anguish in the film, Maddy has lived the role, and this can be seen in the climax scene when he is fighting his way into the arena, and coaching Madhi from far away. When he says "Merri Muhammad Ali", its a tear jerking, great cinematic moment. Ritika Singh performance is a revelation, her raw energy makes her act so believable.She is a talent to lookout for, and she has the best debut awards already locked for next years awards. Nassar is good, and Zakir Hussain plays the clichéd villain but is still menacing.

Saala Khadoos is everything a sports film should be the story is endearing, one feels for the characters, its inspirational because its a story of an underdog, its heartwarming because the girl is from a poor family, and the film has great social message of promoting women in boxing. The film even goes into the nitty gritty and talks about boxing and the politics, the sexual exploitation that come with the game. The director Sudha Kongara Prasad must be applauded for making a detailed, good movie on boxing in India, one can see the great effort. Even the films runtime at 1hr 50 min is perfect as the film never lags, its very fast paced and right to the point, however the film still has its negatives. Saala Khadoos is a very predictable film,from when the film starts till the end you knows going to happen, especially if you have seen the trailer. The film also is way too melo dramatic, and at any given moment someone is yelling, crying, and even falling in love. There is no normalcy at times.The whole love track was also not needed.Maybe the director tried to commercialize the film, which is not a good idea for a realistic boxing film. And for a film about a underdog in sports, the film has no novelty, the story gives a deja vu film because a story like this has been seen many times on screen.However all minuses withstanding, what makes one forget any negatives are the films leads chemistry which is absolutely lethal. The coach and boxer, act like fish to water together, together on screen the are just so entertaining to watch together. There bickering, and battering is hilarious, Like they said in the film one is mental, and one is full of anger lets see what happens.Amazing happens. The films action scenes are also to be applauded because they are very realistic, and well choreographed especially the climax action sequence which is a goosebumps inducing fight. Technical aspect wise the production values, the way the film is shot is all very average. The films music is good with the title track being the best.

Overall Saala Khadoos is a good watch, and what makes the film a above average watch is Madhavan's and Ritika Singh's performance together they light the screen on fire. Its a honest attempt at highlighting and presenting a good story that should be told.

3.25/5* or 6.5/10

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Commendable Effort!

7/10
Author: nama chakravorty from India
5 June 2016

'Saala Khadoos' is A Commendable Effort by Writer-Director Sudha Kongara, which also tunes in strong performances. Its a familiar setting no doubt, but the narrative is interesting & also genuine.

'Saala Khadoos' is The story of a former boxer (R. Madhavan) who quits boxing following a fallout with the authorities over the underlying politics but goes on to coach a fisher-woman (Ritika Singh) to fulfill his dream through her.

'Saala Khadoos' is a yet another story of an Underdog's triumph, despite all the hurdles & struggles. Its fun to watch the Arrogant Khadoos Coach train an equally Fiery Student. Sunanda Raghunathan & Kongara's Screenplay isn't innovative as such, but its well-written & well-paced. Even the dialogue, are real. Kongara's Direction is commendable. Cinematography is fine. Editing is crisp. Santhosh Narayanan's Score is first-class.

Performance-Wise: R. Madhavan is terrific. He enacts his part with utmost honesty & conviction. Ritika Singh is brilliant. She makes a smashing debut, matching up to the mighty Madhavan at all times. Nassar is flawless, as always. Mumtaz Sorcar excels. Zakir Hussain is perfect as the antagonist.

On the whole, 'Saala Khadoos' is worth watching.

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