Antim Review: It’s Salman Khan Vs Aayush Sharma With Lots of Action and Drama

Antim: The Final Truth, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, is now out in theatres. The action-thriller stars Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma, Mahima Makwana, Jisshu Sengupta, Nikitin Dheer, Mahesh, Upendra Limaye, Sachin Khedekar, Sayaji Shinde, and Sharad Ponkshe. Based on Pravin Tarde’s Marathi film Mulshi Pattern, Mahesh wrote the screenplay along with Abhijeet Deshpande and Siddharth Salvi.

Rabi Basrur gave the background score to Salman Khan’s Antim movie with music by Hitesh Modak. The cinematography is by Karan Rawat, and the film is edited by Bunty Nagi. Produced by SK Films, the duration is 140 minutes.

Antim: The Final Truth Review Contains No Spoilers

Antim Review: Plot, Direction and Screenplay

Antim: The Final Truth focuses on Rahul (Aayush Sharma), son of Sakharam Patil (Sachin Khedekar). Sakharam is a farmer and a former Maharashtra Kesari title winner. However, Sakharam loses his land to a man named Shinde land due to money issues. After Patil loses his watchman job, Rahul warns Shinde that he’ll take back what belongs to his father one day.

Rahul and his family shifted to Pune to start a new living. Sakharam and Rahul work as porters at a large market in Pune. But Rahul is not happy with how their life has turned. One thing leads to another, and he ends up in prison for beating up a corporator. That’s how Rahul becomes Rahulya, the gangster.

On the other hand, there’s Rajveer Singh, a Sikh police officer by Salman Khan. Rajveer talks very calmly but doesn’t shy away from using kicks, punches and bullets when criminals cross their lines. He’s an honest officer who doesn’t care who’s whose son. Rajveer warns Rahulya not to get involved in these criminal activities, but it goes in vain.

From seeing his family suffer when his father lost his farmland to snatching away other farmers’ land for gangster Nanya (Upendra Limaye), Rahul is a completely new person. But walking the wrong path means losing the right people by his side – his family and his lover Manda (played by Mahima Makwana). Will Rahulya realise his mistakes? What will be his fate? We find out everything by the end.

In the first half of Antim, we see Rahul’s transformation to gangster Rahulya. He has no control over his rage, his hands and his guns. He doesn’t shy away from taking wrong steps and has no guilt whatsoever. He aims to become the CM of Maharashtra one day. Rajveer tries his best to warn Rahulya and shows that his story will also end soon. But it does not affect the power-hungry gangster.

There’s lots of action, a lavni song and a birthday song in the first half of Antim. The first twist happens before the interval, leaving you curious to know what will be Rahulya’s next step. Salman Khan’s Rajveer decides to keep watching the drama until things go worse. Mahesh Manjrekar involved many gangsters in the first half, which caused too much mess. The same thing happened in Sooryavanshi’s first half. Due to the addition of too many bad guys, the narrative gets complicated.

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In the second half, the screenplay gets better and holds the grip. The people in focus now are Rahul-Manda, Rahul-Rajveer, and the enemies Rahulya made with growing power. Not just Mulshi Pattern, Antim: The Final Truth reminds you of classic Hindi gangster films like Vaastav. The sequence during Varun Dhawan’s Ganpati song is greatly inspired by Hrithik’s Agneepath.

The last 30 minutes are filled with action-packed sequences, fight scenes and lots of gun violence. As the intensity and cruelty of the gangster grow, Rajveer’s patience turns thin. But the main question arises, is that enough? The original film highlighted the farmers’ plight. That plot becomes secondary in Antim as Sharma and Khan get more focus.

Antim Review: Performances and Music

Mahesh Manjrekar has given both Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma solo action sequences to stand out. It’s good to see Salman Khan taking a break from loud Dabangg cop mode and showing a calm demeanour. Aayush Sharma is a surprise packed in Manjrekar’s action thriller. He brings the right amount of anger, pain and brutality to Rahulya. Not even once he gets overshadowed by Khan in any scene.

Other actors who played their parts well are Mahima Makwana, Mahesh Manjrekar, Sachin Khedekar and Upendra Limaye. However, I wish the makers would’ve given more scenes to Mahima as Manda. She’s quite a strong character which we rarely see in such a male hero based entertainer.

The background score by Ravi Basrur elevates the intensity in scenes when required. The music is decent, and only two songs impressed me – Bhai Ka Birthday and Vighnaharta. The dialogues aren’t as impactful as the scenes or previous Salman movies.

Antim Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Antim isn’t a typical Salman Khan movie we’ve seen for many years. Yes, he’s kicking the bad guys and not getting much hurt in return. But he has taken a backseat for some time to let Aayush Sharma knock it out of the park. The story would’ve been solid had the makers edited some gangsters’ parts and focused more on farmers’ conditions. With some shortcomings, the action-thriller is still watchable.

Undoubtedly, Mulshi Pattern is a brilliant movie. But Antim is still a better action drama compared to another film that’s released this week.

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Antim: The Final Truth Review: Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma's action thriller is intense and packed with good performances.

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