Saala Khadoos review: You can pretty much predict what’s going to happen next in Madhavan’s film

Saala Khadoos review: Madhavan is revved up much more than is needed. Ritika Singh is full tilt at all times, screwing up her face, her body, anger coursing through her veins.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2016 6:49 pm
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Underdog-to-champion is an all-too familiar sporting film trope. You know, when you see a fiery young girl jousting with her potential coach, that she will come up trumps. The really good films stuff the script with freshness: you know where they are headed and yet you follow the journey with anticipation and pleasure.

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From frame one, ‘Saala Khadoos’ seals the possibility of surprises. Everything is by-the-numbers, and you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen next. That’s what stops the film from rising above the ordinary, despite the fresh faces of the two girls who have leading parts, as well as the more experienced, bulked-up turn from R Madhavan.

Adi Tomar (Madhavan) is a foul-tempered headstrong character who has fallen afoul of the guy who calls the shots in national women’s boxing in New Delhi, an oily, corrupt fellow (Zakir Hussain) who preys upon young female hopefuls. The girl Adi discovers on a punishment posting down South, Madhi (Ritika Singh) is an aggressive spitfire: she helps eke out for her family’s meagre earnings by selling fish, is her older sister Lux’s (Mumtaz Sorcar) support, and is not above throwing a few efficient jabs and punches when she gets riled.

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The setting is somewhere in Chennai. The faces are local and match the milieu. The man-on-the-spot, repping the on-the-spot boxing body is played by Nasser, who is relaxed and fits in well. The grizzled old-timer who watches Adi’s back in the national capital is done by MK Raina, who shows, effortlessly, how less is more.

You can’t say the same for newbie Ritika Singh. She is full tilt at all times, screwing up her face, her body, anger coursing through her veins, never letting up: after a while, you want to tell her to slow it down, to breathe, the part’s not going anywhere. She does manage it in a few places, and it’s in those instances that her smile lights up the proceedings. (Sorcar, as the sister, has a much smaller role, but is more effective). Madhavan too is revved up much more than is needed, managing to break through in a couple of quiet moments.

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The fact that it is about women in a sporting arena– heck, that it is a sports film– should be a thing to celebrate, and you can see that effort has gone into creating authenticity while training-and-fighting-in-the-ring, but ‘Salaa Khadoos’ is far too literally realized to be a really strong film.

Unlike Madhi’s hero Mohammad Ali, it neither floats nor stings. It drones.

Two stars

Watch the audience reaction to Mastizaade and Saala Khadoos

Cast of Saala Khadoos: R Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Zakir Hussain, Nasser, M K Raina
Director: Sudha Kongara

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First Published on: January 29, 2016 10:20 am
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    Mukesh Lakhta
    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    Shubhra Gupta stop writing films reviews, you are really a pathetic taste for cinema. You gave 2 stars for this very good movie, go and see the IMDB ratings. I will never tust your review.this movie is a very good work of arp.
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      Balamurugan
      Feb 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm
      Worst review
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        Jamil A
        Jan 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm
        Thoroughly enjo the movie in Michigan .Stupid review for a great movie..
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          Karthik
          Jan 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm
          Stupid and biased review from Hindustan times and Indian express... Pl go and watch superb movie
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            Kuldeep Kaur
            Jan 31, 2016 at 3:48 am
            View the movie n change the review
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              Yasir Mustafa
              Jul 17, 2016 at 9:49 am
              ' Khadoos' is a superb film...Period !lt;br/gt;The acting is amazing of the new comer along with Madhavan, who gave his best in this movie. The drama, the acting, the struggle and the final output...all made it a superbly crafted movie. It can be surely called the best movie coming out on 2016. I immediately downloaded it after the first watch becoz this is a film you really want to keep in your best collection.
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                AR
                Jan 31, 2016 at 5:43 am
                Looks like there is some concerted effort going on to bring this one down! Baradwaj Rangan, a credible critic, has given thumps up and a nice review in The Hindu. Predictable? Chak de wasnt?
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                  Aniruddha Gargya
                  Jun 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                  The writer obviously is inspired by a raw translation of the old proverb "money what know ginger's taste". The essence of the movie is to highlight the various struggles and phases that a family, a girl and a un-compromising coach would go through.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I fail to understand if a movie is able to "literally realize" the plot and at the same time keep the entertainment clean why the heck would you call it weak. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Perhaps "Mastizaade" was on the mind of the critique and he found no "masti" in this film or perhaps the only "effective" performance in this evaluation was the National head coach during one of the "literally realize" harment scenes.
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                    Anoop
                    Jan 31, 2016 at 3:17 am
                    It is a very good Movie. A Very Bad Review. Look at the movie. It is made very well and is excellent performance all around. Indian Express seriously needs to review the reviewer.
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                      Saurabh Kumar
                      Jan 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                      Very nice movie. Bad review by reviewer
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                        MA
                        Jan 31, 2016 at 4:44 am
                        Nice movie, but very bad review. Reviewer should find another job instead of ruining someone's hardwork.
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                          Balaji
                          Feb 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm
                          Probably the writer was a pervert who would have preferred sunny leonne as a boxer
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                            Bhavika Kaswala
                            Sep 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                            Shubhra Gupta please stop writting now
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                              Bhavika Kaswala
                              Sep 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm
                              hahahahahahahaha
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                                davidluiz
                                Jul 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                OMG..Ritika Singh, the lead actor in Khadoos has done so much of over-acting that it compelled me to stop watching the movie in between!!lt;br/gt;bas screen playlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;edits improper-The movie has so much of slow-motion edits and that too unnecessarily. lt;br/gt;plots boring-No interesting and meaningful plots and they do not connect to each other.lt;br/gt;jokes poor-Unnecessary scenes that try to make audience laugh but in vein.lt;br/gt;acting very very very weak except Madhavan.lt;br/gt;Detailing is very much missing and incidents are quite impractical and filmed in a childish manner!lt;br/gt;Very very unprofessional, immature direction, honestly.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In short, there are so many things missing in the film that I am missing so many points to discuss over here!
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                                  dinesh
                                  Feb 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm
                                  Ony 2 ratings!!! Very worst review ever for such a milestone in Indian cinema. You guys will give good review for mastizaade.... Unhappy with your reviews... Here onwards I'll stop watching reviews here!!
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                                    Divya
                                    Jan 31, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                                    What a stupid review. I watched the movie and it is amazing. Stunning Screen play. Every element is perfectly rendered. Music is outstanding. This movie deserves a 4 star review. Didn't expect such a poor review from Indian Express. Appreciate such a well crafted movie.
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                                      Tait
                                      Jan 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm
                                      Age of intolerance! Another negative review! is this because its from the director of PK ? revenging RajKumar Hirani for his PK before Amir's Dangal arrive. These paid review writers couldn't really pause the SRK-Kajol in Dilwale wave nor It will work with Hirani's masterpiece ' Khadoos'. I find this movie much better than Airlift. It is in the leagues of "Chak de" not the Airlift. 4.5/5
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                                        indrani gogoi
                                        Jan 30, 2016 at 3:59 am
                                        Stupid review by Indian express. Do the movies have to pay to write good abt them ??
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                                          Saleem
                                          Mar 12, 2016 at 9:17 am
                                          Clearly the writer has a grudge with the makers of this fantastic movie. The snob should be sacked from hos critic job. This is one of the best movies I have seen in decades. I have repeatedly seen the opening scene in the committee room, the scene in the fish market where the coach meets Madhi, the scene coach lashes Madhi in the ring for lowering the guard, the scene when Madhi declares her love, the scene when Madhi smashes the bike in fron of the sports good shop, coach's pleading with Dev to let Madhi fight. The list goes on an on. I watched these scenes a million times until my home people thought I am going off my rocker, which is not totally incorrect. I do am going crazy over this phenomenal film. Think of Ritika's performance and never forget she is a newcomer to acting. If I have the clout I would proclaim this the best film of 2016. And be known I am a 60 year old man who have seen every thing there is to see in films.
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                                            Aparna
                                            Feb 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                                            It's a superb fantastic and mind blowing film im also a boxer but I fail in my career but I got Inspiration from this film i just love it i wish that i can also get a coach like him i will give❇🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 star for this film
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