Starring Sudeep in the lead role, Pailwaan has hit the screens. In the S Krishna directorial, Sudeep plays the role of a wrestler who is spotted by Suniel Shetty’s character. He guides and mentors him to compete in a championship. The multi-lingual film is releasing in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.
Alongside Sudeep and Suniel, the film also stars Sushant Singh and Aakanksha Singh.
In a recent interview with indianexpress.com, Sudeep said, “For me, hunger is not important but cinema is very important. I struggled a lot to see the first houseful board of my life. The day I saw that I was very happy. After that, cinema has been with me. I enjoy every part of it, whatever comes my way.”
With many films releasing in multiple languages, Sudeep believes that the Indian audience is now welcoming different kinds of content. He told PTI, “Viewers across the country and globe are welcoming content from different languages. Earlier there used to be a problem of skin and accent but today it is not there. People have grown. There is a difference in their mentality. Now there is no divide of borders.”
Read all the updates about Sudeep starrer Pailwaan.
Sudeep does a lot for the script than the cliche-filled script does for him. In one scene, he chokes back tears as he is unable to respond to the plight of a young girl. The scene is an example of Sudeep’s ability to deliver a realistic performance. All it takes is a filmmaker who can write strong scenes that can bring the actor out of Sudeep. Unfortunately, Pailwaan is not that film.
'A high voltage standard masala entertaining film'
Film trade analyst Rohit Jaiswal wrote on Twitter, "#Pailwan is a high voltage standard masala entertaining film, film wins you at the end, transformation of a wrestler to Boxer part is very emotional, @KicchaSudeep's performance is absolutely fantastic, @SunielVShetty is the Back Bone of the film, 3*/5 GOOD #Pailwaan #pailwaanreview"
'Will be waiting for your feedback'
Pailwaan actor Aakanksha Singh posted on Twitter, "The day is here, will be waiting for your feedback’s and reviews."
'Keen to see if Sudeep can satisfy pan-India audience'
A user @bijupeter tweeted, "#Pailwaan ...keen to see if @KicchaSudeep can bring back the magic of #NaanE and satisfy pan India audience. Hope there is no resemblance to earlier films with similar subjects like #sultan or #Dangal"
Puneeth Rajkumar on Pailwaan
Puneeth Rajkumar took to Twitter and wrote, "Best wishes to the entire team of #Pailwaan"
Pailwaan early reaction
"#Pailwaan is a battle between arrogance and humility. An enjoyable movie for #Sudeep fans N family audience. I see sincere efforts from @Sudeep and team @krisshdop. 1st half is lil slow, 2nd half. Easily Best performance of Kiccha till date #Pailwan #Pehelwaan," journalist Prakash Upadhyaya said via Twitter.
Rishab Shetty on Pailwaan
Rishab Shetty shared on Twitter, "@KicchaSudeep sir ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್-ನ ನೀವು ಹರಸೊದೊಂದೆ ಬಾಕಿ! All best to the entire team of #Pailwaan"
'Pailwaan is all yours now'
Kabir Duhan Singh tweeted, "It’s show time Baby. wait is over. #pailwaan is all yours now. Go Book your tickets and enjoy the show. @KicchaSudeep sir @krisshdop sir @SunielVShetty sir @aakanksha_s30 @iswapnakrishna @ZeeStudios_ Sairam #Gratitude #pailwaan #Bailwaan #Pehlwaan"
Pailwaan in Nepal and Bhutan
According to sources, the Hindi version of Pailwaan has hit over 1000 screens in the north-Indian circuit. It is said to release on about 2,500 screens in India alone. The film will also be released in Nepal and Bhutan.
Sports drama Pailwaan is expected to hit nearly 3,000 screens across the globe. It is the biggest launch for an original Kannada film so far. And, it is also the biggest release for a Sudeep-starrer.
Second time lucky?
Written and directed by cinematographer-turned-director S Krishna, Pailwaan is the director's second collaboration with Sudeep after Hebbuli. The film became a hit at the box office. Their latest film is expected to outdo the success of the actor-director duo's previous outing.
Sudeep is trying to expand his fan following beyond his home state, Karnataka. But, in north India, he is just an actor who appeared in a couple of director Ram Gopal Varma films (Raan, Phoonk 2). However, Sudeep might be secretly hoping that Pailwaan will help him establish himself as a distinct star in other parts of the country.
Sudeep's most ambitious film
It won't be wrong to describe Pailwaan as the most ambitious film in Sudeep's 20+ year film career.
Ganesh on Pailwaan
Ganesh posted on Twitter, "All the best @KicchaSudeep for pailwaan, let it be massive hit sir n bring one more feather 5 ಭಾಷೆಯಲಿ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಗೆಲುವು ಸಾಧಿಸಲಿ @krisshdop"