Saala Khadoos Critics Review & Star Rating
Star Rating:- 3.5/5
Irudhi Suttru, titled Saala Khadoos in Hindi, is an upcoming Indian Tamil-Hindi sportsdrama film written and directed by Sudha Kongara. Simultaneously shot in Tamil and Hindi, the film features R. Madhavan in the leading role as a boxing coach, with newcomer Ritika Singh as an aspiring boxer. Both versions are produced by S. Sashikanth forY NOT Studios and UTV Motion Pictures, while C. V. Kumar’s Thirukumaran Entertainment co-produces the Tamil version and Madhavan’s Tricolour Films with Rajkumar Hirani present the Hindi version respectively. Featuring music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, the film has cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan and editing by Sathish Suriya.
According to the Critics, ‘Saala Khadoos’ is about an unlikely boxing queen, who’s rustic and uncouth outside the ring, but flexes power and skill worthy of a champion when the gloves are on. It’s a discovery that drives disgraced coach Adi into finding purpose in his life. Much like the aviator-donning coach in ‘Chak De India’, here too the man wants his student to win him the sporting glory that had once eluded him. The journey to the top is laden with twists and tricks. There are scheming officials, scams, sexual harassments, rivalry and the (staple) romance. Issues that we’ve been exposed to before. Some genuine, some forced.
“Take the politics out of boxing,” roars Adi, stressing a crisis that’s rampant in the sporting circle. Yet, Sudha doesn’t dig into the muck. We hope that would mean more drama in the boxing ring, but there’s none. It’s all reduced to a song. The camera work is far superior to what we’ve witnessed in ‘Mary Kom’, no doubt, but it’s not backed by great material. Even partly positioning the story in Chennai, with no dialogues in Tamil barring some stray words, English misspellings and massive posters of Tamil actors Dhanush and Rajnikanth, damages the soul of the movie. Surely using subtitles would’ve added flavour and punch to Madhi’s world. Her mother’s non-Tamil lineage isn’t reason enough to tell the story in one tongue.
Despite the flaws, it’s the performances that redeem the movie. R Madhavan’s imposing as the bulky coach, who, despite his eccentricities and downfalls, never lets his passion die. He’s matched brilliantly by Ritika Singh, who captures Madhi’s fractured world with striking strokes. However, Adi and Madhi never emerge heroes, and that’s a failing on the writing. While ‘Saala Khadoos’ has some powerful moments, it’s not a knockout!