R Madhavan and Ritika Singh�s honest performances saves the film from being a complete WASHOUT!
Saala Khadoos lacks punch scenes, nail biting matches (except somewhat for the final match, which is predictable enough) and memorable characters, including the lead ones. It, though, makes up for all these with enough melodrama. Major blame should fall on the average direction, shoddy screenplay and dialogues. Even with the short duration of the film, the editing looks haphazard. A sudden romance feels forced, there are needless songs and surprising lack of twists! Only a song is used to depict Madhi�s ascension to being a National Champion. There are various sports drama cliches like losing to one opponent badly and then winning against the same foe in a do or die match. Also I wonder which sports administration would even keep an aggressive and even violent coach like Adi on payroll, just because he happened to be one of the best boxers around. Come on, the man actually kicks his players, that too in front of everyone!(more)
Source: Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
unable to rise above predictability
The film does interesting experiment in bridging the North-South divide to reach out to a bigger chunk of the audience. And not just by being bilingual. Madi�s mother and grandmother, for instance are obviously North Indian, Gujarati or Marwari perhaps. You keep wanting to know more of their antecedents. But it�s a thread that�s left hanging loose.Saala Khadoos is unable to rise above the predictability and time-worn clich�s of an average sports movies. One hopes the Tamil version would have come together better. (more)
Source: NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu
From frame one, Madhavan's film seals the possibility of surprises.
Madhavan is revved up much more than is needed. Ritika Singh is full tilt at all times, screwing up her face, her body, anger coursing through her veins, never letting up: after a while, you want to tell her to slow it down. (more)
Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
It has enough heart. It�s the heat that is missing.
Moreover, the overly obtrusive background score and the songs that are frequently bunged in to heighten emotion are rather distracting. Saala Khadoos, for all the storm that it seeks to whip up in the ring and outside it, does not string together enough points to be declared an outright winner.(more)
Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies
Madhavan and Ritika punch their way out of mediocrity
Saala Khadoos works because of the performances by its cast. Maybe the scene would have been a bit different had Omung Kumar's Mary Kom not been released just a year-and-a-half ago. Watch Saala Khadoos for its lead actors.(more)
Source: Ananya Bhattacharya , India Today
Coach Madhavan, brazen Ritika Singh make the best boxing duo!
The favourite part in the movie- it's the lead actors who give the real knockouts! Be it R Madhavan's beefed-up, macho coach avatar, he makes us believe he can play the entire opposite of the mellow, henpecked hubby in 'Tanu Weds Manu' series. (more)
Source: Pallavi Patra , Zee News