Synopsis/Plot : Adi Tomar had a dream to win the boxing gold for India. Instead, he languished in a nightmare for a decade after his gloves were spiked during a match by his own coach, blinding him in the arena and handing the match to his undeserving opponent. Shattered by his loss, Adi turned to a life of cynical self-destruction. Loyal friends somehow bring him back to boxing as the coach of the low-rated Indian women's boxing team. Adi continues to dream - this time for a fiery young woman. Adi spots in her a champion. So begins a partnership between a man who loves his sport and a girl who loves her freedom. It is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a journey towards an impossible dream.
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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 an...(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 anteced...(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
Same old template as in other sports films...nothing really fresh apart from Ritika's performance and some sequences towards the end.We have already seen the similar kind of screenplay and underdog template in films like Chak De India, Vallinam and Lee. Superb story but screenplay is mediocre. (more)
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|No.||Song Title||Lyric Writer||Performer(s)||Listen here|
|1||“DIL YE LADAKU”||Swanand Kirkire||MONALI THAKUR||Listen|
|2||“SAALA KHADOOS”||Swanand Kirkire||VISHAL DADLANI||Listen|
|3||“DHUAAN HAI DHUAAN ZINDAG”||Swanand Kirkire||KALYANI NAIR||Listen|
|4||“JHALLI PATAKHA”||Swanand Kirkire||Sunidhi Chauhan||Listen|
|5||“JAGAA KHUNNAS”||Swanand Kirkire||VISHAL DADLANI,VIJAYNARAIN||Listen|
|6||“Audio Juke Box”||Listen|