CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 38 Min
Release Date: 02-04-2021
Banner: Dream Warrior Pictures
Cast: Karthi, Rashmika Mandanna, Napoleon, Lal, KGF Ram, Nawab Shah, Yogi Babu, and others
Music: Vivek Mervin
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Editing: Antony L. Ruben
Producer: SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu
Written and Directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan
Sulthan (Karthi) is a robotic engineer who wants to lead a happy life settled in Mumbai. His father is a don and has many people to look after. How Sulthan is dragged into the murky world of crime and fights as a rebel along with his men to save a village is the basic story of the film.
Karthi is superb in his role as Sulthan. It starts as any regular guy and is soon transformed into an action hero. The actor brings the change and inner turmoil to the fore well. Karthi is excellent in the emotional as well as action scenes, like always.
Rashmika Mandanna is a bundle of energy and immense screen presence. She lights up the screen whenever given a chance—her scenes with the hero form crucial entertainment in the action-heavy film.
Lal is excellent in the supporting role. It is a strong pillar beside the hero, and someone like Lal brings it the required depth with his experience.
KGF fame Ram and Nawab Shah play the antagonist. They are terrific during their introduction. The rest of the actors are neatly cast and adequate in their roles.
Gets Slow In Second Half
Bakkiyaraju Kannan of Remo fame directs Sulthan. It is a mass subject with a familiar story. It is the treatment where the director shines and leaves his mark.
The film’s opening neatly establishes the two worlds of the hero and the heroine without their presence. Once we move into the story, both the spaces, come together in an exciting sequence. They give ample scope to keep the masses hooked.
The first half builds the hero character excellently to reach a peak at the interval point. The pre-interval and interval sequences are superbly executed, bringing out the mass content to everyone’s satisfaction. It raises the expectation in the second half.
The beginning of the second half brings us the farmer angle to the fore. The rowdies doing farming and the message about the same are neatly conveyed with entertainment and without boredom.
The villain track could have been better developed, though. Instead, the interval struggle among the rowdies to come to terms with accepting the new leader is better executed. It offers the much-required emotional drama through the character of Lal.
The ending with the hero single-handedly taking on the goons is a feast for the mass audience. The rousing background score takes things to a whole new level. It makes one come out satisfied after the end.
The music by Vivek-Mervin is decent. A couple of songs are placed well and sounds good, though. The background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is sensational. It elevates the mass scenes to the next level. Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography is fantastic. The night shots are excellently captured. The editing by Ruben is slick and sharp.
The producers SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu are known for quality content and grand entertainment. Sulthan is another worthy addition to their repertoire under the Dreamwarrior Pictures banner. It is made with rich production values and also has a neat message to the masses.
Bottom line: Impressive Mass Entertainer