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'Pailwaan' review: Sudeep's sports drama delivers the punch

SandalwoodThe second half is what makes the movie a must-watch. Aravind ShwethaIn India, sports is often treated as a hobby. No matter how good you are at it, you are allowed to pursue it only after you prove yourself in academics. Underprivileged children are often left out and their dreams are crushed by poverty and hunger. Pailwaan speaks for all the unfortunates who are pushed out of the race. Sudeep-Krishna’s second film after Hebbuli, Pailwaan is a clear winner, except for the pardonable sluggish first half. Sarkaar (Suniel Shetty), a wrestler, has quit practice to find a suitable candidate who can represent the country at the national level wrestling championship. His trained eye spots an orphan, an angry young boy fighting on the streets. Soon, he adopts him and trains him. The boy grows up to be Pailwaan Kicchha aka Krishna (Sudeep) who is well-known in his village for his bravery and game tactics.

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