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Saala Khadoos

Out Of Theatre
29 Jan, 2016 1 hr 49 mins U/A
R. Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Nassar, Radha Ravi, Zakir Hussain, Kaali Venkat

The film had great potential but it plays safe by taking the familiar route of the underdog becoming the champion.


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Story: Adi Tomar (Madhavan) is bitter because his dream to win the boxing gold for India was thwarted by his devious coach Dev Khatri (Zakir) who spiked his gloves during an all-important match. So when he spots talent in a Chennai fisher-woman Madhi(Ritika Singh) he wants to see his dream fulfilled through his ward.

Review: Like Mary Kom, Saala Khadoos is a heartfelt attempt at putting the spotlight on India’s women boxers. As it follows the life of siblings, Laxmi (Mumtaz Sorcar) and Madhi, (both trained boxers) brought up in poverty, but with their sights set on boxing, the film sheds light on many issues. Namely, the lack of sporting infrastructure and the corrupt selectors who subject the women athletes to sexual humiliation are raw nerves it touches on. A line by a power-drunk coach to a promising pupil, that goes— 'If you wish to rise in life, you have to go down first (pun intended)' is discomforting.

The film had great potential but it plays safe by taking the familiar route of the underdog becoming the champion. You know from the time when Adi picks up a wild child off the street and she over dramatically resists, that he will pursue her to follow his dream. Director Sudha Kongara also deftly weaves in an attraction between the amateur boxer and her khadoos coach, a man almost double her age.

Both Adi and Madhi are rebels. But their fights ( especially the ones outside the boxing ring) appear forced and out of sync. But then again, the film keeps you engaged till the proud-India bout in the climax because of the convincing performances. Madhavan is good as the cynical coach who wants nothing more than to earn his stripes. Ritika is raw yet manages a knockout performance. Nasser, Mumtaz and Zakir lend good support.

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Avg Users’ Rating 3.4/5 ( 305 users )
P Reddy
just ok
Dweej vedas
Gr8 movie .. as Rio olyampic proves, this movie shows the true state of sports in India and the challenges faced by our athletes. Marathon runner Jaisah received no water for 42 kms even when 81 staff went Rio. All stood at finish line vouching water was to be provided by Rio staff - ridiculous thinking. From now on only have trained athletes as staff to such world events.<br/>A nation of 1.2 billion people, we won no gold 1 silver 1 bronze medals all by indian WOMEN<br/>Madhavan is intense.
Nice movie, really liked Madhavan''s acting.
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