Salaar Movie Review

Cast: Prabhas, Shruti Haasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jagapathi Babu, Eshwari Rao and others

Director: Prashant Neel

Producers: Hombale Films

Prabhas, who soared to nationwide fame with ‘Baahubali,’ faced disappointment with subsequent movies like ‘Saaho,’ ‘Radhe Shyam,’ and ‘Aadipurush,’ which struggled at the box office. This downturn in his career raised concerns about its trajectory. The anticipation surrounding ‘Salaar,’ directed by Prashant Neel of ‘KGF’ renown, was high. However, the initial trailer left much to be desired, casting doubt on the film. Fortunately, the second trailer redeemed expectations, generating significant hype for the movie. Amid numerous delays, the film has finally premiered today. Let’s see if ‘Salaar’ can offer Prabhas a much-needed career boost.


In 1947, Khansaara, a dystopian city, grapples with a bitter conflict within its Royal Family. Seeking peace, three factions agree to a truce. Raja Mannar (portrayed by Jagapathibabu) aims to crown his son Varadaraja Mannar (Pruthviraj Sukumaran), but his advisors plot against Varadaraja. Deva (Prabhas), Varadaraja’s childhood friend, vows unwavering support. Jumping to 2017, Deva finds himself protecting Aadya (played by Shruti Hassan), unraveling the mystery behind this responsibility. The movie uncovers why Deva is safeguarding Aadya and delves into the resolution of the 1947 feud in Khansaara city, interweaving the complex ties between the past and present.


Prabhas delivers a remarkable performance, making a striking entry. His magnetic presence, especially with his cutouts, sparks immense enthusiasm among fans, akin to the expectations following “Radhe Shyam.” His presence brings about a sense of tranquility wherever he appears. The reasons behind Prabhas becoming an adversary to Prithviraj remain intriguing. Prashanth Neel extracts powerful performances from both Prabhas and Prithviraj.

The background score by Ravi Basrur is fantastic, and the fight sequences in the movie tell their own compelling stories. The diversity in action scenes presented by Ambarivu stands out. The fights feel more realistic compared to the grandeur seen in “Baahubali.” Eshwari Rao, Jagapati Babu, Shriya Reddy, Anchor Jhansi, and others deliver commendable performances.


The lack of clarity in Shruti Haasan’s character causes some confusion, particularly in the first part, which feels a bit dull. However, the second part seems promising for her character development.


“Salaar” appears to be a treat for Prabhas fans and Telugu audiences, offered by Prashanth Neel. For those familiar with Neel’s previous works, it might feel a bit weighty, but the collaboration with Prabhas brings a fresh energy. The synergy between Prashanth Neel and Prabhas creates undeniable magic in the movie.