Cast: Kichcha Sudeep, Suniel Shetty, Akanksha Singh, Sushant Singh, Kabir Duhan Singh
Director: S Krishna
A sandalwood masala story written and directed by S Krishna is full of action drama and heroism which keeps the audience engaged in the movie.
Movie starts with a young boy defeating 3 boys, Suniel Shetty (Sarkar) sees spark in him and provides him a shelter after knowing that he is an orphan. Sarkar is a celibate and considers this young kid as his son and names him Krishna aka Kichcha. Krishna turns up to be the best wrestler in the village under the training of Sarkar and his only aim is to fulfill his mentor’s dream to be National Champion in Wrestling. The movie is all about how Krishna lives up to the expectations of Sarkar and what happens when he falls in love with Rukmini (Akanksha Singh).
The director has managed to keep the movie real with the shots and the locations which gives the original feel of Gajendragad with Kushtis as it actually happens in the parts of Karnataka. The writer and director S Krishna keeps smooth narration with the element of heroism to a highly predictable storyline. The casting was on point which defines the characters well in the story because there are many actors apart from Suniel Shetty and Kichha Sudeep. We see Sushant Singh as Raja Rana Pratap Varma, Kabir Duhan Singh as Tony and Akanksha Singh as Rukmini.
Kiccha Sudeep steals the show with his moves in every turn of the story. Big achievement for Kichcha could be that he looked like a real wrestler. Our Anna of Bollywood marks a major comeback with this film. It was so pleasing to see Suniel Shetty as Sarkar and the way he played the character is just amazing. Kabir duhan singh had less screen time and he nailed the character of Tony. Akanksha Singh evolved herself very well as Rukmini who is a sweet and decent girl. Sushant Singh was also not less than anyone with his role of Raja Rana.
1st half was engaging while the 2nd was a little stretched. Songs were not needed but made a good presence and the background music kept the audience connected. It is a sandalwood film so there is no comparison of it with the Bollywood films as these films have different standings and loved by most of the people
Cinespeaks Verdict: Pehlwaan is entertainment Masala with good storyline. The movie has 2 audience points – the south audience and the hindi audience. According to south audience this will be a treat to watch and full entertaining, while for the hindi audience this might be a lengthy movie where they predict what will happen next. But definitely for sure a one time watch for every audience also fans of Kichcha and Suniel Shetty should must watch Pehlwaan.
By Rupal Purohit