Saala Khadoos is a movie about the witty relationship between a boxer and coach. The film shines over the struggle of becoming a champion in a tough sport like boxing and focuses on the stereotypes of the sports system in India, even adding an unnecessary romance to pad up the screenplay.
Madhavan who play a role of boxing coach who is perpetually on a short fuse and is transferred to Chennai after a tiff with an Evil Sports Official (a sexual predator who ruins his star pupil’s career, takes bribes from players, and does not have a good bone in his body)
There are several storylines to be tapped here – the complicated relationship between Madhi and her sister, also a boxer. Or the compulsion of playing a sport that is a ticket to a better life. The film would have worked even as a rags-to-riches story about an unlikely champion.
Madhavan is shaggy-haired, unkempt and never really convincing as a despot with a heart of gold. Real-life boxer Ritika Singh is understandably good in the boxing scenes and awkward when it comes to emoting. Both are restricted by the uneven screenplay, which doesn’t allow either character to flourish.
Much like its title character, who often flares up for no reason, “Saala Khadoos” is a lot of hot air and not much else.