Directed by debutant Sudha Prasad, Saala Khadoos is a run of mill story of an underdog who fights against all odds to emerge a winner. Starring R Madhavan and Ritika Singh in pivotal roles, the movie is produced by Rajkumar Hirani.
What may work for the film
The fate of any sport-based film in Bollywood depends hugely on the execution - since they have a rather similar storyline.
Saala Khadoos presents R Madhavan in a never-seen before avatar. Newcomer Ritika Singh impresses in her debut role. The fight and emotional sequences are well shot and may work well to woo the audience.
What may not work for the film
The screenplay is not as taut as it should be. Viewers might fight it difficult to identify with the characters as most of them are too loud and rustic - and sometimes even off-character.
One of the major flaws of the film is the editing - the first half is noticeably abrupt.
Will it do well at the ticket window?
The language and a few loud, action-heavy sequences may keep the family audience away from the theatres.
The film will appeal to a section of the youth, especially in the metros. The word of mouth of the film are bound to be mixed. Reviewers are bound to label the film as being average.
Box Office Prediction:
- Opening Day collections (29 January): Rs 3 crore
- Opening Weekend collections (30-31 January): Rs 11 crore
- Week One collections : Rs 18 crore
The clash between Mastizaade and Saala Khadoos was expected to dent the collections of Airlift. With the sex comedy and the sports drama having gained a lukewarm response so far, the collections may be a blessing in disguise for Airlift - which is currently in its second week.