Antim: The Final Truth | Movie Review

Aayush Shrama may be the main star of the film, and he does get a few exposed scenes, but lets be clear: Salman Khan delivers all of the major lines.

First report following the viewing of ‘Antim: The Final Truth’? My eardrums have broken. Even by background music standards, this one blows them out of the water. Can you go through a masala film without needing to explain that no ears were hurt while watching it? Remind me to bring earplugs the next time.

Meanwhile, here we are, for the millionth time, watching a film pay lip respect to the problems of poor farmers, land-grabbers, greedy netas, and other terrible individuals. The film, based on the Marathi film ‘Mulshi Pattern,’ leverages that superstructure to allow Aayush Sharma an opportunity to shed his lover-boy image, solidified in the 2018 ‘Loveyatri,’ and to give Salman Khan’s fans a chance to re-unite with their dabangg idol.

People two goals are met with fervour and zest, for from the outset, the school dropout Rahul/Rahulya (Aayush Sharma) is glaring and flaming up at those who have grabbed his arrow-straight father’s (Sachin Khedekar) ‘zameen.’ Sardar Rajveer Singh (Salman Khan) fills in the blanks by donning a turban, replacing his cherished azure bracelet with a ‘kadaa,’ and doing what he does best: baring his ‘faulaadi’ chest, throwing one-liners, and crushing the enemies.

Everything else is filler in this Pune-based actioner with Marathi inflections and accents. Sachin Khedekar as the patient father who would rather die than do anything dishonest; Upendra Limaye as the shady character who takes Rahulya under his wing; and Jisshu Sengupta as a neighbourhood hood. Even Rahulya’s love-interest (Mahima Makwana), who portrays a girl administering cutting chai, is a minor character, with only a dance, a roll in the hay, and a handful of speaking scenes.

Sharma appears to be capable of becoming a character if he stops playing a kind. He may be the titular star, and he does manage to sneak in a bare-chested scene or two, but make no mistake: the major lines are all Salman’s. Tu hoga Pune ka Bhai hoon, adds the latter, par main Hindustan ka Bhai hoon.

Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma, Mahima Makwana, Jisshu Sengupta, Sachin Khedekar, Upendra Limaye, Nikitin Dheer, and Mahesh Majrekar star in Antim The Final Truth.

Mahesh Manjrekar is the director of the film Antim The Final Truth.

One and a half stars for Antim The Final Truth.

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