Things just seem to be going from bad to worse. It's flop after flop, but Mithun's
films come to torture with unfailing regularity. A miracle for him, but a disaster
for unsuspecting viewers. Though this dig might seem in bad humor, one hopes that
the sandalwood smuggler goes through with his dare. It is not just the histrionics
of this star but also the total absurdity of his films that bring out such dark
emotions. Till the day that he decides to stop, we have no choice but to suffer
this cinematic terror.
Ayesha (Shaina) is a pretty little garage owner who attracts her customers by
dressing up in teeny-weeny skirts and tops, and, sure enough, does some whopping
business. Then, one fine day, she is threatened by the local goons, and is pressurized
to sell her land. And lo, on the scene appears the savior (Kabira) in disguise
and with a kid on his shoulder, and gives the ruffians a belting to be remembered.
He also happens to be a mechanic, and is hired to protect and serve not only the
business but also Ayesha's romantic fantasies.
Then the question round begins. Who actually is Kabira? Is the kid his? Why is
the underworld so scared of him? And why is the film called Sultan?
All is answered in a monotonous filmi style; Kabira is actually Inspector Abhimanyu
who goes against the wishes of his Godfather Sultan (Dharmendra), an ex-cop who,
disillusioned by the system, becomes a self-styled don who helps the down-trodden.
But the forces of evil, headed by Roop Shankar (Mukesh Rishi) and brothers, destroy
Abhimanyu's family, and Sultan sacrifices his life trying to save them. This time
it is Abhimanyu's turn to be disillusioned by the law, and he adopts Sultan's
kid and takes his place as the don. When the kid asks him to give up his violent
life, he becomes Kabira. Confused? Not a problem, everyone is and will be. Once
Kabira's true identity is revealed, it is time for the final conflict, and Kabira,
a.k.a. Sultan a.k.a. Abhimanyu, conquers all evil.
The music is by Bappi Lahari - need we say more? - and the direction of T L V
Prasad leaves a lot not to be desired - like the memories that now need to fade
away from my scarred psyche (a sincere desire if I had any). Mithun is loud, repetitive
and boring, and the same goes for the rest of the cast. This one is strictly for
die-hard Mithun fans.