Featuring Karthi in the titular role, Sulthan marks the debut of Rashmika Mandanna in Tamil cinema. Having cemented her place in Kannada and Telugu cinema, Rashmika is going places now. Written and directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan, the musical album is rendered by Vivek-Mervin, and the background score is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Bankrolled by S. R. Prakash Babu and S. R. Prabhu under the Dream Warrior Pictures banner, the cinematography is handled by Sathyan Sooryan and editing is done by Ruben. The movie is releasing simultaneously in Tamil and dubbed in Telugu today. Let us see what is Sulthan all about.
What if Krishna tries to reform 100 Kauravas by taking their side
Vikram alias Sulthan (Karthi) is a Robotics Engineer in Mumbai. His father Sethupathi (Nepolean) is a godfather in Vizag, with his lieutenant Mansoor (Lal) and 100 henchmen living under him for years. After Sethupathi’s demise, Sulthan vows to reform Mansoor and all the 100 henchmen. He falls in love with a village girl named Rukmini (Rashmika Mandanna) when he visits her village and becomes a farmer to win her love. Sulthan confronts a notorious village-head Jayendra (KGF Ram) and a powerful industrialist (Nawab Shah), who plan to snatch away the villagers’ agricultural lands to set up a Rs 10,000 crore iron ore mining company. How Sulthan becomes their savior forms the crux.
Karthi steals the show yet again with his all-round performance
For Karthi, Sulthan has been an icing in the cake. He has mastered the art of delivering versatile performance in scenes that may sound tricky to enact. He rises on every occasion and is especially superb during the interval and climax action episodes. Rashmika impresses in the role of a village girl and fills in the much-needed glamour quotient. All the scenes involving Karthi, Mansoor, and their 100 henchmen came out really well. The baddies played by KGF Ram and Nawab Shah were adequate. Rest of the cast did what was needed in their respective roles.
Strong writing and interesting narrative keep the audience glued
The major takeaway of Sulthan is its strong writing aided by interesting narration. Bakkiyaraj Kannan infuses his narration with an interesting screenplay to make the movie captivating. It has all elements that is needed for a commercial entertainer and scores high in all aspects. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is a major plus and Vivek-Mervin’s album is impressive. All the action episodes are nicely choreographed and Sathyan Sooryan’s camera work is praiseworthy. Ruben’s editing is crisp and production values by Dream Warrior Pictures are great.
WATCH OR NOT:
Sulthan is an interesting tale of mixed emotions that will keep you entertaining throughout. It is a must-watch for fans of Karthi and makes an interesting one-time watch for the rest of the audience.
Director: Bakkiyaraj Kannan
Writer: Bakkiyaraj Kannan
Cast: Karthi, Rashmika Mandanna, Napoleon, Lal, Yogi Babu, Sathish, Hareesh Peradi, Ramachandra Raju, Nawab Shah, Arjai Singampuli, Sendrayan, Sharath Kumar, M. Kamaraj, M.S.Bhaskar.
Background Score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan