SALMAN Khan is back in action with his much awaited Antim, which was released in cinemas on 26th of November. But it’s not him who’s doing the bhaigiri this time, rather it’s his brother in law Aayush Sharma who delivers a performance as the local goon so stellar that he shines even when he is sharing the frame with the megastar.
Despite the flaws, Mahesh Manjrekar’s Antim is a masala entertainer good enough as a one-time-watch.
This movie is a remake of the 2018 Marathi Film Mulshi Pattern. Unlike most Salman Khan starrers, this movie doesn’t revolve around him. The storyline revolves around poor farmers losing their lands to influential forces with the help of local goons.
Aayush Sharma plays Rahuliya, a farmer’s son who will remind you a lot of Sanjay Dutt’s character in Vaastav with his black ensembles and gold chains.
The actor also manages to impress in the scenes where his Rahuliya has to challenge Salman’s character and both indulge in an impromptu shirtless fight.
What comes as a surprise to me is that after a very long time, Salman Khan isn’t the center of the show.
Salman’s character is very different from the cops he has played in Wanted and Dabangg. He takes a break from being his ‘bhai-self’ and delivers a subtle performance with powerful lines.
Debutant Mahima Makwana, who plays Aayush Sharma’s love interest Manda, stands out even with a few lines. Director Mahesh Manjrekar plays Mahima’s father and just like the original film, aces his character of a drunkard father.
The music by Hitesh Modak and Ravi Basrur includes high octane songs like Koi Toh Aayega and Bhai ka birthday hai, which infuse the right amount of energy. We also see Varun Dhawan in a song towards the climax dancing on the Ganesh Aarti while the bad guys fight in the background like a typical Bollywood flick.
The second half of the film could have been cut shorter and made crispier to keep audiences hooked.
Antim will undoubtedly be a game changer for Aayush Sharma’s career who delivers a remarkable performance in his very 2nd film.
If you’re looking for an action-packed weekend watch, catch Antim in theatres near you.