Ajay Devgan does out another memorable performance. Once Upon a time we saw him as gangster Malik in Company and he manages to play Sultan with equal élan. He continues to evolve with every performance. He just speaks through his expressions. As a gangster from the 1970s Devgan brings on the table a clenched self-mocking immorality. He stands outside the character even while internalizing the performance. He glides through the role so effortlessly that you feel he was custom-made for the character. Though he has played bad boy before, he still brings a fresh raw intensity to his performance.
Kangana has looked and performed her best in this film. Costume designers Rushi Sharma and Manoshi Nath make Kangana Ranaut look stunning and desirable. She looks gorgeous as the ethereal yesteryear actress Rehana. Overall she is good as the hoity-toity yet approachable film star.
Emran Hashmi as Devgan's uncontrollable protégée gets the look and body language right. He makes you want to like him in every frame. For once, he gets above his lover boy image. In fact much above all his earlier acts, giving a remarkable performance as the aggressive mafia man wanting to take over the city. The rebellious and arrogant streak that he brings in his character is simply brilliant. On the whole with a look veering towards the flashy hippy, he is cavalier and cold in his portrayal, and pairs well with Devgan.
Prachi Desai is natural and beautiful, both, in her act and appearance. She is subtly attractive, especially when she does a Bobby.
Randeep Hooda impresses in his extended special appearance as the commanding cop and the imposing base effect that he brings to his voice adds depth to his character.
The chemistry between Devgan and Ranaut is unbelievable. Also the fresh chemistry between Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi is a major highlight of the film.
3.25 / 5