Salaar” has been a much-anticipated film, especially for fans of Prabhas, and it seems to deliver on several fronts while falling short on others.

The film is anchored by the strong performances of its lead actors. Prabhas, known for his commanding screen presence, shines in his role, particularly in the first half of the film where his style and presence are highlighted.

Prithviraj Sukumaran, playing Prabhas’s friend, also delivers a substantial performance. However, other characters like Shruti Haasan’s and Eeswari Rao’s roles have been noted as less impactful.

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Director Prashanth Neel’s distinctive style, recognized from his “KGF” films, is evident in “Salaar”. The movie features high-octane action sequences and heroism-elevation scenes, which are a treat for action movie lovers.

The cinematography, editing, and visual effects are reminiscent of the style seen in “KGF”, with the action stunts being a particular highlight.

The film’s narrative weaves in elements from various influences, including “Game of Thrones”, and begins with a gripping narration in the first half.

However, the second half of the movie has been described as underwhelming and confusing, with a lack of effective emotional feel. The storyline involving the city of “Khansaar”, ruled by a mafia gang, adds to the complexity.

One of the criticisms of “Salaar” is the lack of effective emotional drive, especially when compared to the mother-son sentiment in the “KGF” movies.

The bond between friends and the mother-son relationship in “Salaar” are noted to lack this quality. Interestingly, the romantic subplot between Prabhas and Shruti Haasan is almost non-existent, which is unusual for a mainstream action film.

Overall, “Salaar” appears to be a visual spectacle with its grand action scenes and charismatic performances, particularly appealing to fans of Prabhas and those who enjoy action films. However, it might not completely satisfy viewers looking for a more emotionally driven storyline or cohesive narrative, especially in the second half of the film.