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Average Rating - 5.2/10
Total Reviews - 13
Yes - 5
No - 4
Neutral - 4

Critic Reviews- (Ratings Out of 10)

  • Emirates 24/7 | Review By -Sneha May Francis
Despite the flaws, it’s the performances that redeem the movie. R Madhavan’s imposing as the bulky coach, who, despite his eccentricities and downfalls, never lets his passion die. He’s matched brilliantly by Ritika Singh, who captures Madhi’s fractured world with striking strokes. However, Adi and Madhi never emerge heroes, and that’s a failing on the writing.While ‘Saala Khadoos’ has some powerful moments, it’s not a knockout!
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  • CNN IBN | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-6/10
Saala Khadoos, written and directed by Sudha Kongara Prasad, fails to rise above the timeworn clichés of the genre, but nevertheless succeeds in creating a credible world and, thanks to affecting performances from its principal players, gives us characters that we can care about. Saala Khadoos sticks to familiar ground as far as a sports film goes, although the climatic bout is genuinely thrilling. Amidst all the faux sentimentality, we still get a protagonist that we can’t help rooting for.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Meena Iyer Rating-6/10
Both Adi and Madhi are rebels. But their fights ( especially the ones outside the boxing ring) appear forced and out of sync. But then again, the film keeps you engaged till the proud-India bout in the climax because of the convincing performances. Madhavan is good as the cynical coach who wants nothing more than to earn his stripes. Ritika is raw yet manages a knockout performance. Nasser, Mumtaz and Zakir lend good support.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4/10
The fact that it is about women in a sporting arena– heck, that it is a sports film– should be a thing to celebrate, and you can see that effort has gone into creating authenticity while training-and-fighting-in-the-ring, but ‘Salaa Khadoos’ is far too literally realized to be a really strong film. Unlike Madhi’s hero Mohammad Ali, it neither floats nor stings. It drones.Two stars
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  • India Today | Review By -Ananya Bhattacharya Rating-6/10
Sudha Kongara's story and direction is commendable, but the abundance of songs feels tedious and harms the pace of the story. In the first half an hour, for example, there are about three odd songs. Within the boxing ring, Saala Khadoos seems so much like Mary Kom that there's a distinct sense of deja vu. Kongara tries to keep her story real, but there is an abundance of over-emotional sequences.
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  • Zee News | Review By -Pallavi Patra Rating-5/10
Music, screenplay are both okay – but the narration runs bare at times. So, coming to the conclusion, are you wondering if the khadoos managed to pull a smile in the end? Well, he did and with such a powerful climax! This sports drama will stay with you if you can embrace it for its lead performance. To put it more aptly, the leads definitely pack a punch!
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-4/10
Like a minute into its first scene -- a young boxer crumbles to her opponent’s severe battering, a disheveled tracksuit-clad man storms in last minute hoping to make essential eye contact from the side-lines before the screen blurs to announce ‘nine months ago’ -- and Saala Khadoos is already all too familiar.That would be still all right if the movie could produce a spirit that stirs and soars in equal measure.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-5/10
Why does Saala Khadoos fail to land the knockout punch in spite of getting a few of its hooks and upper cuts right? For one, despite the many promising situations that it rustles up along the way, there is little room in the well-intentioned yet rough-hewn drama for genuine surprises.Moreover, the overly obtrusive background score and the songs that are frequently bunged in to heighten emotion are rather distracting.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-6/10
Madhavan is excellent as a disgruntled failure and he displays raw passion when grunting and swearing from the ringside. Unfortunately, much of it doesn't seem to work as the film, scene after scene, falls into a predictable rut and a ho-hum climax doesn't salvage the matter either. You walk out of the film feeling tad disheartened instead of that triumphant feeling that you expect from a movie belonging to this genre.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-5/10
The problem with this film is that it does not rise above the cliches that it thrives on. Be it the nature of politics and the revelation of hardships that women boxers go through, their representation in the story is too amateurish. The plot lacks any novelty and after a point, the focus shifts from boxing and there is much more melodrama. In spite of having an interesting character detail like Madhi being a fisher woman whose mother is a North Indian married to a South Indian, they fail to create a good background.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Sushmitha Murthy Rating-4/10
The boxing scenes, thanks to Ritika's off screen role pack a few hard punches and a few well-timed dialogues lift the story from time to time. Blame it on the other glorious attempts at sports films that have spoiled us or a lack of soul in this one, there are too many déjà vu moments in the film. It explains itself when in the end, the screen reads, ‘This film is inspired by many true stories’. That’s what we thought.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH News Network Rating-8/10
A special word of mention to R. Madhavan and Raju Hirani for having backed a film like SAALA KHADOOS as producers. On the whole, SAALA KHADOOS is an euphoric and electrifying film with amazing performances from the lead cast. It is definitely engaging, and inspiring. It truly deserves an ovation and is worth your time and money. SAALA KHADOOS delivers a solid punch. Winner!
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-4/10
The beauty of Saala Khadoos is that it’s building to a finale that you can see from light years: a grand international match with a badass Russian boxer who, we all know, will be biting the dust by the end of it. You see, the writers have done such a fine job that it doesn’t shock the viewers at all. Madhavan has prepared so well for his role of a coach, like he has grown his hair and looks like the Hindi comic character called Billu. He looks so dashing, like a model, displaying Hilfiger tees in every frame that his character could have been called Tommy instead of Adi.
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R. Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Mumtaz Sorcar, Nassar, Radha Ravi, Zakir Hussain, Kaali Venkat, Baljinder Kaur, Sanjana Mohan
Sudha K Prasad
Sudha K Prasad
Sudha K Prasad, Sunandha Raghunathan
Amitabh Kumar
Sivakumar Vijayan
Santhosh Narayanan
produced by: 
CV Kumar, R Madhavan, Rajkumar Hirani, S Sashikanth
Hindi, Tamil
Drama, Sports
run time: 
109 minutes
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