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10/10
Story may be predictable BUT screenplay and acting will blow your mind!!
sivasankar00730 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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10/10
Great to see Hindi film with meaningful content
me-706-78794629 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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10/10
Brilliant movie. Great acting...
prakash-prajapati30 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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8/10
Another Passionate, Powerful and Gritty Boxing feature after Mary kom
SivakumarBalachandran28 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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10/10
What a Movie..!! Only Sportsmen can feel it
suchitpandya8829 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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10/10
Feedback
dawodsha5 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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9/10
Saala Khadoos - Emotional Sporting Drama with Superb Editing and Well Direction.
sidhartharajak30 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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8/10
A Boxing story with good punches.
siddharthsanal31 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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6/10
A predictable but good boxing drama,lead by outstanding acts by Madhavan and Ritika Singh.
jmoneyjohal29 January 2016
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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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8/10
Saala Khadoos is an excellent movie with superb performances and tight screenplay and story.
kaushalmodi19857 February 2016
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Movie Review: Saala Khadoos Ratings: 3.5/5 Genre: Sports, Drama

In Bollywood many movies are released based on Sports like Cricket, hockey, Foot ball, Boxing. some got success, some got badly failed. In past, movies like Chak de India based on hockey, Mary Kom based on Boxing created success on Box Office. These Friday released Saala Khadoos also based on Boxing. Whether its add to list of Success Sports movies or Failed Sports movies, Lets analyze...

Saala Khadoos is A Story of Adi Tomar (R. Madvan) coach of girls boxing team. Due to politics he is falsely accused of sexual harassment and transfered to Chennai. There he meet to girl named Madhi (Ritika Singh). He noticed her that she can become a good boxer and He meet her to give her training of boxing. but she refuses. Adi makes a deal with Madhi that he pay her 500 Rs per day to take training from him. There's story starts of Madhi to become a boxing Champion.

R. Madhvan has given one of the best performance of his career in lead role. Ritika Singh has given brilliant performance. Mumtaz Sorcar is OK.

Overall, Saala Khadoos is an excellent movie with superb performances and tight screenplay and story. Must go for it.
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6/10
Khadoos deserves kudos
dineshprakash29 January 2016
Director and writer of this film , Sudha Kongara work is very good. Story is inspired by true incidents and is good. Screenplay takes it far ahead in sweet and creative way, which enhances grit and innocence of characters, like when all touch coach feet, lead girl shows attitude and eventually touches in an emotional note, light scene of religion change, holding a characterless head coach by his crotch. Even the Changez Khan example and its incorporation in climax is intelligent one. The way lead girl expresses her love for coach perfectly goes with her character and its sweet. Dialogues are real and interesting. Like Main 'Kachra Ki Peti Nahi, Kachra Ki Beti Hun', Daaru Peete Waqt Lever Fry Khane Se Apna lever Kharab Hone ki bajay Khaya jane Wala leaver Kharab Hota Hai'. These lines look normal but the place it come, make it more impactful. First half looks fresh and gives a real feel. Moves on good pace. Second half is a bit slow and somehow it looses its realistic value. Especially in climax fight, when they used cable for extra sensation but it goes a bit above because film was maintaining its real feel since start. Main highlight of this film is its performance. R. Madhavan is first rate. Ritika Singh as Madhi is just fantastic. Her energy and performance make two songs visual treat, one song is 'Jhalli Patakha' and second one 'Dil Me Hua Ghotala'. Mumtaz Sorcar as Laxmi is very good, especially in confrontation scene with coach in canteen. Naseer as Junior coach is very good. Zakir Hussain as head coach is too good.
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10/10
Watch this film for Madhi and Maddy!
nareshkumar1605-59-4154923 February 2016
Madhavan makes a kick ass comeback, and boy oh boy, he does pack a punch. Fully into character, Maddy, the veteran actor, performs his role with utter ease.

Sorry Maddy, but Madhi(Ritika Singh) totally steals the show. Being a north Indian and playing a role totally foreign to her, it is absolutely astonishing how she pulls it off with absolute perfection. As a fish vendor and a boxer, she fully gets into the role and expresses well. From the cute expressions, the local kuthu dance to the knockout punches, Ritika excels impeccably. She is a dynamite.

The music is fresh and soulful. The screenplay is slick, and clocked at under 2 hours, the movie entertains the audience at all times.

Pros: The débutant's (Ritika) amazing performance, Maddy, Santhosh Narayanan's music and bgm, direction by Sudha Kongara. Cons: Can't really think of anything

Overall, it's a great film, with soulful performances by the lead actors. A must watch!
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6/10
Saala Khadoos reiterates a strong message, which is to keep politics away from the sports field.
binducherungath30 January 2016
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Saala Khadoos, a film by Sudha Kongara, explores the Mentor-Mentee relationship and the background chosen to share the story is that of boxing. This film releases simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil (Irudhi Suttru). It is inspired from many true events existing in the field of sports in our country. Sudha is good at her craft, she infuses realism into the film. The film projects the irregularities happening in the sports council, selecting sports personnel for various competitions on the basis of whims and fancies of influential selectors, selectors' asking for favours from the female sports personnel etc. One thing which I felt was the characters could have been explored much more deeply. In Mary Kom, the background was same i.e. boxing, where the characters and their relationships, be it Mary Kom's relationship with her mentor, or husband or father all was explored deeply. In Chak De, coach Kabir Khan's relationships with his coachee were projected beautifully. Another film Bhag Milkha Bhag had lot of depth. Be it Mary Kom, Chak De or Bhag Milkha Bhag, tragedy and triumphs did spark an emotional deluge which was missing in Saala Khadoos (except the last scene and a few other scenes). In spite of this, the film has its own moments.

The film begins with a scene in the boxing ring and Adi Tomar (R Madhavan) is being pushed out of the stadium. And then the story moves to the flash back – prior to nine months time frame. Adi is shown as an eccentric, arrogant and aggressive boxing coach. He does not shy away from admitting that his wife eloped with a boxer and so he also sleeps with other women. But as far as his profession as boxing is concerned, he is highly ethical and talented and coaches his students very efficiently. His conflict with Dev Khatri (Zakir Hussain) is very much evident, who was at one point of time Adi's coach. The animosity between the two is because, Dev spiked Adi's gloves during a very important match, which costed Adi his boxing career. Later on, when he became the coach of women boxers, his conflicts went on with Dev who had become the main selector. Dev is so shrewd that he doesn't even mind framing Adi in false sexual harassment cases. Adi is no way shown to be just tolerating all injustice towards him. Ultimately he is transferred to Chennai. Adi is shown to be sarcastic, grumpy, irritated when he gets to see the group of female boxers of Chennai. He had already done his research on the boxers and their background. That is where, Madhi (Ritika Singh) enters into the scene along with her sister Laxmi aka Lax (Mumtaz Sorcar). Laxmi is to fight in that local boxing match. In spite of Laxmi fighting well, when the judges declared her opponent as winner, Madhi could not tolerate and she picks up verbal spat as well as physical fight with the judges. Adi, who was unable to see the passion and fire in rest of the boxers, could see lot of fire in Madhi. That is how Adi decides to be a mentor to Madhi.

Madhi is also a very eccentric and outspoken girl, belongs to a poor family, lives in the slums of Chennai and sells fishes to earn living for family. Her sister Laxmi aspires to join the Police department in sports quota and that is her inspiration to be a boxer.

It was not easy for Adi to convince Madhi to take training for boxing, rather he had to pay Rs. 500/ per day to Madhi for training her. There the journey of a mentor-mentee begins, rather an unconventional combination, both being aggressive. There are lot of clashes between the two.

Although the story is predictable, it is interesting to see how the events unfold. How did the relationship between Adi and Madhi shape up? Does the conviction of Adi about Madhi prove right ? How does Laxmi respond to the fact that her sister Madhi is a much better boxer than her? Does Dev sit back idle even after transferring Adi to Chennai or he starts another game? What efforts Dev take to malign the attempt of Adi to train Madhi to be a great boxer ? What happens in the end? Does the love of sport dominate at the end?

Madhavan has definitely portrayed Adi very well. Media reports say that he took special training for this film and also lost / gained weight for his role's sake. He is able to break his chocolate, well- mannered gentleman image, since in this film, he is actually khadoos. His appearance completely justifies his character. Ritika as Madhi has also given a great performance. She is a professional kick boxer and also a mixed martial artist. She demonstrated the combination of sports personnel and an artist. Zakir Hussain as Dev Khatri is indeed good. Nasser as always has slipped into his character of Pandian, junior coach, effortlessly. Mumtaz Sorcar, though has a smaller role, has done well. Rest of the cast has also given good performances.

Saala Khadoos reiterates a strong message, which is to keep politics away from the sports field. It is also an unconventional take on mentor-mentee relationship. The last scene is indeed a knockout scene.
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7/10
A Commendable Effort!
namashi_15 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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8/10
Sexy Movie Bawa
aniruddhmalhotra31 January 2016
A big fan of Madhavan... Loved this one....

Touching Emotional Scenes...

Anger of Madhavan & Ritika raises testosterone levels...

Story isn't unusual but screenplay and direction is cool...

Good Bollywood sports Movie after a long wait....

Songs are melodious...

Sudha Kongara launched herself strongly in bollywood as a director...

Fight scenes can be done more energetically and some boring scenes could be edited well.

Overall I would say that after a long period bollywood gets a good sports movie...
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8/10
Saala Khadoos: keeping the sport above the dramma.
Pabitrabadhuk31 January 2016
There are flaws, there are desperate over acting, but despite all the drawbacks Saala Khadoos comes out as a landmark in sports movie in Bollywood. I don't know why time and again boxing has been a popular choice among filmmakers. Boxing has been featured in more movies than even cricket. Now, that's remarkable considering the status of the sport in India. Surely there is something in boxing; the grit, the killer instinct that makes viewers sit on the edge of their seats. The director has done the first right thing in selecting Ritika singh in the lead, she is actually a mixed martial artist, has represented India in 2009 Asian indoor games. She has executed a the role of a perfect angry young girl. And then there is good old Madhavan, who fits in his role as boxing coach like lock and key. I have felt some of the songs could have been removed, the erratic behavior of Madhi's elder sister is also sometimes undecipherable. But at the end of the day the movie wins because it has not made a mockery of the sport, it has showed true grit, true passion, true boxing. Yes, Saala Khadoos wins.
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5/10
A shallow outcome of a potential material
shirifrnz23 December 2016
In these kind of sports movies you already know the story, so the predictability doesn't bother me that much. I watch them for the journey, for the efforts of the characters, and for their magnetism to pull me into cheering for them. This movie lacked in all these aspects.

The story is nothing new, same old journey of an underdog player and a coach that has problems with the system. This should have been the weakest link of the movie. Everything else had to be better than this 'done a lot of times' story for this movie to be good, but that's not the case.

The screenplay, dialogues, direction, editing, songs, background score and acting, everything seemed forced. It all wanted you to feel that the makers of the movie mean business. That they are making a realistic movie about the problems and harassment faced by women athletes in our sports system. But it failed to evoke those emotions. Every character seemed to be doing things just because the script demanded it. No one seemed to care to connect with the audience. Every scene was just there to make you spoon feed the emotions, be it comedy, drama, or action. The movie lacked a natural flow. It felt as if it was treading a path that was constructed for it.

The - not giving a rat's a** about anything other than one player who seems to be bursting of talent - attitude of Madhavan's character was too unreal. Everyone else too seemed to be acting their parts out rather than being the character.

The portrayal of how things work in a women's sport in India was clichéd. It didn't make you feel for the poor girls at all. The connection that should've been there by the end of the movie with the player and the coach was not there at all.

All in all, it seemed to be a shallow attempt at a story that has been done a lot of times but still has the potential to make your heart feel and cheer for the characters. Pathetic screenplay, poor acting, empty dialogues, shoddy editing, soulless movie.

The worst part is that it's rated a 7.7 on IMDb. And that it is in the top 125 Indian movies on the site.

I'd like to believe Indian cinema is better than that.
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10/10
Best movie in recent times
drgerryjiju5 June 2016
I did hear good reviews about this movie but didn't expect it to be really so soulful and engaging. the screenplay and acting were really faultless and so was the casting of this movie. it's a lot better than other high budgeted movies of late. especially Ritika Singh with such a energetic acting stole the show. Madhavan also seen in a very good role since 3 idiots. I recommend this a must watch as it has a lot of soul. a real applause to the director, editor and screenplay. I hope this team comes up with similar soul based movies in the future. I don't have any problem with other directors or actors but honestly its better than the Mary KOM movie and I feel Mary KOM movie should have had the same intensity as Mrs. Mary KOM is a very respectable personality and her movie should have been with the same intensity. this is an example as to how important director, screenplay and editing plays a big role.
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7/10
Politics and Sports shouldn't be mixed
Pramitheus30 May 2016
This was one of the movies which was on my watch-list and I am quite happy that a movie on such an important topic has been made. Two very strong messages are in this movie. One, is towards women whose lives have been stereotyped into the ground. This movie is in a way, an inspiration for women who really want to pursue boxing as a profession. Two, is how politics and rivalry blinds people from seeing the good of the nation. This has been a recurring problem in the world of sports, where political agendas has come in the way of sports in many forms.

The story here is an underdog story. A coach with tremendous talent has been transferred to Chennai where boxing is not so prevalent due to rivalry with the Head of the Staff. A rowdy girl who is born to box is noticed by the coach and he wants to coach this girl in order to bring back women's boxing and to redeem his image in the world of boxing.

The most stand-out performance is given by Ritika Singh as Madi. She is rowdy, arrogant, angry and also lovable at the same time. She completely immersed herself in this role and produces a character which will be remembered for a long time. Madhavan as the angry, frustrated coach is also pretty solid. I have seen Madhavan do very normal roles but this was out of the blue. Often when an actor comes out of his comfort zone the character falls flat but not in this case. Mumtaz Sorcar as Lux follows a very dark path but as this is Hindi cinema, she redeems herself at the end. The only person who couldn't come out of the stereotypical portrayal of the villain is Zakir Hussain. He doesn't do anything special and doesn't even try to under-act. He does the dialogues like the villains from the 8o's. For me he was the weakest part of the movie.

In terms of direction, I really liked the cinematography. The silent moments. But then it was shattered with the narration. Bollywood is still afraid to NOT explain things. This movie is pretty simple so it is predictable what will happen so the narration and pace should be crisp so that we can feel the punches. The fighting scenes are very bland. After watching movies like Rocky and Creed and SouthPaw, a little more is expected from a boxing scene. The songs are fine. The over-use of dialogue pretty much slows down the movie. It is time Bollywood stops underestimating the audience.

All in all it is a fresh movie. A change in the current lot of movies that are coming. A must watch
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8/10
Superb
sidmech7 March 2016
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A boxing coach (Madhavan),disgusted by the politics in boxing association gets transferred to Chennai where he encounters a bold but determined rookie(Ritika Singh) who he coaches to make her win the boxing championship.Performances by Madhavan,Nasser Radha Ravi,Ritika Singh,Kali Venkat are apt to the script.Sudha Kongara Prasad the director has put her heart and soul to make the movie very interesting to watch.Editing and cinematography is top notch and music by Santosh Narayanan adds good feel to the movie.Regular storyline,predictable scenes are a bit of a drag but overall the performances lift the ambiance of the movie.A good one time watch particularly for the acting of Madhavan and Ritika Singh.
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9/10
Irudhi Suttru (U/A) TAMIL -------- my Rating: ★★★★½ WELL MADE
yunusitboss29 February 2016
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Irudhi Suttru (U/A) TAMIL -------- my Rating: ★★★★½ WELL MADE

STRENGTHS:- * Songs and Background score touched your soul (Usure Narambuley) * Madhavan and Ritika's realistic performance * Supporting cast: Nasar and Radha ravi rocks.... * Story Screenplay dialogues and direction * Editing: perfectly chopped....

WEAKNESSES:- * Pre interval block gets draggy....

FINAL VERDICT:- * Overall.. it is a perfect game to be well delivered with lots of sentiment behind. Ritika delivers a natural performance as she is a boxer in real life. Cameraman captures some beautiful scenarios in all songs.. Comedy scenes by Kali makes you laugh. At the end, the movie shows when the boxing was recognized in India?. I highly recommend this movie and support feminism in Tamil cinema...

The story of a former boxer who quits boxing following a fallout with the authorities over the underlying politics but goes on to coach a fisherwoman to fulfill his dream through her. Director: Sudha Kongara Writers: Sudha Kongara (script), Sudha Kongara Stars: Madhavan, Nasser, Radha Ravi | See full cast & crew »
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7/10
Movie on a sport
devashishrairikar17 February 2016
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'Saala Khadoos' is inspired from many lady boxers who had won titles of boxing. Director Sudha Kongara comes with a story of a boxer of S.Mani,a daughter of a drunkard fisherman.Her Sister learns boxing and she learns from him and her role model 'Mohammed Ali', The Great.

The film starts in Delhi where Adi Tomar(R.Madhavan), a boxing coach was been called of by the association head Dev, a rude,egoistic coach who had won many boxing titles. He charged Adi with sexual harassment case and got transferred to Chennai.He met S.Madhi,sister of Lux, an amateur boxer.He trains her and gives her money everyday because he saw a spark in her while she had a fight with the association. The twist in the film leads to sudden change to the viewers.

Ritika Singh(S.Mahdi) who made her debut in this film acted very well,her dance steps and acting felt like a 'perfect débutant'.She herself is a boxer in a real life. Madhavan is nice as he is.He played a tough coach in the film.He trains her so hard to make her a champion.

Producer Raju Hirani and Director Sudha Kongara came with a short simple story of a boxer. Cinematography was nice and dialog in the film will make you laugh. Acting was nice and up to the mark and no actors did overacting. It is a nice film and its excellent for Madhavan fans and boxing lovers. It is like meeting two rebels in a ring.

Overall the film is nice and completed it in a time, it didn't stretched, the film is focused on the plot and during climax, i bet you will hold your breath. It gave a nice feelings to me after I walked outside the cinema
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7/10
A Short & Sweet Film!
maulin52 February 2016
A short and sweet film directed by Sudha Kongara. Rajkumar Hirani's second venture as a producer in this year. R. Madhvan is a leading actor, as well as the co producer, too. And some additional dialogues have been written by both of them. Story is of a girl from Chennai. How she met with boxing coach and what made her to learn the game, are all you find in the first half. There is also a little bit of a love factor, which will not bother you at all. Some songs and funny moments are there, too. Post interval, the effects of politics on the game and the associated people and some fights have been placed. End is obviously predictable, but the manner is good. Even because of no unnecessary scenes and with only around 100 minutes running length, the film is more interesting and engaging than Mary Kom, as per my experience. Madhavan has acted very well. Looks like a perfect Khadoos coach. Ritika Singh has delivered a good performance, she looks cute as an innocent girl in most of the scenes. Nasser and Zakir Hussain are as usual good. Music is good. Lyrics by Swanand Kirkire is superb. I'm gonna download the whole album. Swanand has done a cameo, too. We can say that a nice one time watch movie for this film. It's not a must watch. But, it'll not bore you! Give a chance to this low budget film, as no other good movie is releasing this week.
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7/10
A good feel good movie with a fresh face
dr-sucharitaray31 January 2016
Its a good movie about boxing. Madhavan sadly would probably not pull crowds of a North Indian audience. But it's freshly made, has a reasonably good story going, and good acting by Madhavan, Nasser and the fresh kid off the block. I was told by a friend the difficulty Madahavan and Co had to face to get the moolah flowing. Its a tragedy because mindless blockbusters garner crores for a senseless plot whereas honest attempts get shooed down to the dustbin. I would like people to see such cinema to at least promote more story tellers, craftsmen and technicians to make such cinema.

I could identify the character of the girl ( may seem overacting by some) had I not seen the carbon copy of the character hailing even from the same city !!! Hence it was okay to me. Music should have been better.

Wont go into critical analysis of the movie. There are several. However overall I was happy with the attempt. I wish to see more movies about normal ordinary human beings in India. In landscapes which I can relate to. And I wish people believed and funded such beautiful stories. So what if the story is clichéd ? Makes for a fantastic emotional salve anytime.

Good attempt. Could have been better. But still bewildered if the hair style of Madhavan was meant to hide his immense cute appeal?
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10/10
Saala Khadoos/ Irudhi Suttru is a must watch
ThisIsJammy30 January 2016
I actually saw the Tamil version of the film (Irudhi Suttru) but i wonder why there is no separate page for it. Hence writing my views in this one.

The best film of 2015. Everyone from Santhosh Narayanan to Sudha(Director) to the all the actors and supporting actors clicked as a team. Kudos to Sudha for understanding the intensity of the story and succeeded in making a boxer into an actress rather than doing the vice versa.

The only con i found in the film is there is not much scope for the supporting actors and they looked blank. The film focused too much on the lead. With power packed supporting actors and the running time only 1 hours 52 Min's some extra scenes could have been added. Other than that Saala Khadoos/ Irudhi Suttru is a must watch.
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