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Saala Khadoos – movie review

An eccentric coach trains his erratic protege to represent the country


Saala Khadoos - movie review

R Madhavan plays a failed, disheartened retired boxer who now, is a coach of women’s boxing for the Indian Boxing Federation. Being true to his profession and the country, this nutty coach has the uncanny ability to spot budding talent.

He comes up with a convincing and extremely realistic performance of a true and honest coach who puts all his efforts, time (and money) in nuturing raw talent.

Being a true boxing coach, he cannot accept anything mediocre in his budding women boxers. Nothing less.

Adi Tomar (R. Madhavan) is a Senior Boxing Coach for Women’s Boxing Federation of India. The federation chief (Zakir Hussain) is a typical babu type who keeps his personal motives and benefits in mind while selection of the women boxer to represent the country.

Adi’s outspoken and blunt behaviour leads to him being transferred to Chennai, where he finds the selected women boxers below average.

During one of the selection bouts, Adi notices Madhi (Ritika Singh). The fisherwoman Madhi, who is present at the boxing match for cheering her sister who has been in training since years, who, if selected by the boxing federation would land up a job with the Police Department.

Corruption and favouritism leads to Madhi’s sister being declined the victory which she should have deserved. Madhi loses her cool and attacks the judges with her punches. In a fit of rage, she goes all out at the highest intensity of her short temperedness.

It is at this point that Adi realises the fire, the frenzy and ferour needed in a boxer were there in front of him in the form of Madhi.

The coach decides to train her, no matter that he needed to pay from his pockets for her daily training.

Saala Khadoos is the story of a finicky coach and a temperamental reluctant young girl who is trained by him to represent the country.

This one is truly one of the best performances from R. Madhavan. The young Ritika Singh doesn’t let him (her coach) down in the boxing ring while winning the hearts of the audience with her superlative performance.

A captivating film that keeps you guessing about the future outcome of this young fisherwoman who was the sole bread winner of her family. It gives us a glimpse of the happening of things in the selection process of sports persons to represent the country.


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R. Madhavan as Adi Tomar
Ritika Singh as Madhi
Mumtaz Sorcar as Luxmi
Nassar as Pandian
M. K. Raina
Zakir Hussain
Directed by Sudha Kongara
Produced by S. Sashikanth, R. Madhavan, Rajkumar Hirani
Written by Sudha Kongara Prasad, Sunanda Raghunathan
Music by Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography Sivakumar Vijayan
Edited by Sathish Suriya
Production Companies – Y NOT Studios, UTV Motion Pictures
Saala Khadoos, movie review

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