Pailwaan Movie Review: Sudeep shines in this passable action flick


Run-time: 166 minutes

Certification: U/A

Language: Kannada

Release Date: September 12, 2019

Banner:  RRR Motion Picture Productions

Direction: S. Krishna

Cast:  Sudeep, Suniel Shetty, Akankasha Singh, Sushant Singh and Others

What’s the movie about?

Sarkar (Suniel Shetty), a Wrestling Coach finds an orphan named Krishna (Sudeep) fighting in street for money to feed his friends. Impressed with the boy’s helping nature, Sarkar welcomes Krishna to his home and asks him to fulfill his wish by taking up wrestling so that he could compete in National Wrestling Championship . How Pailwaan Krishna accomplishes his goals forms the crux of the story.

What Works?

Undoubtedly, performance of Sudeep as Pailwaan Krishna aka Kichcha holds the film together. His portrayal of Wrestler/Boxer and Father shows the maturity level of the actor. The physical transformation of Sudeep for this role is commendable. Apart from the Sudeep, Sharath Lohitashwa shines in the supporting role as Boxing Coach. VFX done by Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies is reasonable.

Second half of the film is much better than the first and it manages to hold your attention. Emotional quotient and boxing scenes in the second half of the film is one of the major highlights, thanks to the cinematographer turned director Krishna. Last portions involving boxing tournament is fantastic and have been shot well by cinematographer Karunkara A. Action scenes have been choreographed well, especially involving boxing sequences in the latter half.

What Doesn’t?

Screenplay in the first half is tiring as the focus gets shifted on the cliched romance between Sudeep and Akanksha. The plot gets diluted here and continues to be the same till interval. Editing by Ruben could have been better, as the running time is unnecessarily lengthy. Song Sequences doesn’t add any value to the film and have ended up dragging the narration further. Background Score and Music by Arjun Janya is mediocre at best , only few scores in background makes an impact. There are few over the top sequences/illogical scenes as well which doesn’t go unnoticed.

Performances from the rest of the cast is average and none of the characters manages to catch our attention. Lead actress Akanksha Singh’s characterization is weak and is limited to song sequences and additional scenes here and there. Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty’s Kannada debut is dull and he finds it hard to hold on to the emotion throughout the film . Sushant Singh and Kabir Singh too fails to strike well as they have limited scope in the film.

Verdict: Overall, Pailwaan is a mundane journey of a wrestler turned boxer who makes it through obstacles. Even though story and premise reminds us of Salman Khan starrer Sultan, director’s treatment to the story in the second half and Sudeep’s performance saves the film and makes it a moderately enjoyable action flick.

Rating:  3/5

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