Salaar: Cease Fire – Part 1, the much-awaited action thriller starring Pan-India star Prabhas, is set for a worldwide theatrical release on December 22, 2023. Helmed by ace director Prashanth Neel, who gave the blockbuster KGF franchise, expectations are sky-high from this movie. Salaar will be release in two parts, with the first part titled as Salaar: Cease Fire – Part 1. With the release date fast approaching, hype and excitement levels among the fans have reached a feverish pitch. share your review in ibomma comment sections.
|Salaar: Cease Fire Part 1
|December 22, 2023
|Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Hassan, Jagapathi Babu, Easwari Rao
Salaar Storyline and Premise
Salaar: Cease Fire – Part 1 is set in the fictional world of Khansaar, the tale of two childhood friends Deva and Varadaraj Mannar who turn into bitter rivals. Their story spanning friendship, loyalty, betrayal and revenge forms the crux of this high-intensity action thriller. Due to the grand scale and ambition of the story, director Prashanth Neel has envisioned it as a two-part film.
The first part Salaar: Cease Fire focuses on establishing the characters of Deva aka Salaar, played by Prabhas and Varadaraj Mannar, essayed by Prithviraj Sukumaran. It builds up their backstory and the world of Khansaar where their rivalry takes shape. Fans can expect high-octane action sequences, gripping drama and a cliffhanger climax, setting things up perfectly for the second part.
With previews and premieres lined up, initial reactions for Salaar: Cease Fire – Part 1 have started trickling in. According to noted film critic Vishwajit Patil, “#Salaar Censored Review: Superb first half and a decent second half with a good climax. Hero entry before 20 minutes. Lead for sequel. Blockbuster on cards.” He has praised the performances, action choreography and scale, labeling it a sure-shot blockbuster.
Another reviewer commended the fantastic visuals, thumping background score by Ravi Basrur and Prabhas’s menacing screen presence. The cliffhanger climax has apparently left fans craving for more. So the early verdicts indicate Salaar: Cease Fire to be anedge-of-the-seat entertainer tailor-made for the masses.
USA Premieres Create Record
In USA alone, the advance ticket sales for Salaar: Cease Fire Part 1 premieres have crossed $1.7 million, creating a new record. More than 50,000 tickets were sold for premiere shows on December 21 across the country, proof of the massive buzz. Despite some issues between multiplex chains and producers in India, the hype for Prabhas’s film remains unaffected globally.
In India too, a leading ticket portal recorded sales of 33,000 tickets in a single hour, numbers usually seen for the biggest superstars’ films like Rajinikanth or Salman Khan. The pan-India craze for Salaar stems from the faith in director Prashanth Neel to deliver a worthy follow-up to KGF’s success.
Prabhas Leading An Ensemble Cast
Salaar Cease Fire Part 1 brings together a stellar ensemble cast featuring some of the biggest names in Indian cinema. Apart from Prabhas playing the titular role of Salaar aka Deva, Malayalam superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran has an author-backed role as his friend-turned-rival Varadaraj Mannar. The lovely Shruti Haasan plays Aadya, the female lead opposite Prabhas.
Veteran actors like Jagapathi Babu, Easwari Rao, Tinnu Anand, Brahmaji along with south cinema regulars like Saptagiri, Madhu Guruswamy form the supporting cast. Each character seems well-etched judging by the trailers and sneak peeks. Overall, Salaar: Cease Fire boasts of a dream ensemble, the kind rarely seen outside multi-starrer projects.
Ambitious Scale and Visual Spectacle
Right from the start, Salaar was conceptualize as a visually grand spectacle by writer-director Prashanth Neel. Produced by Hombale Films on a budget upwards of ₹250 crores, no expenses have been spared. The film promises extravagant action set-pieces filmed across exotic foreign locales along with grand production design showcasing the fictional world of Khansaar.
Going by the trailers and song visuals, DOP Bhuvan Gowda has done a fabulous job, capturing stunning landscapes and framing the action to perfection. Prabhas’s rugged machismo stands out in each frame even amidst the visual grandeur. For fans who expect larger-than-life cinema, Salaar: Cease Fire is surely a treat waiting to unfold on the big screen.
Soulful Music Album
Another highlight of Salaar is its music album compose by maestro Ravi Basrur. From the hard-hitting title track “Salaar” to the soulful “Aey Janta Gaana” song filmed on Prabhas, each track packs a punch. Singer Vineeth Sreenivasan has rendered “Aey Janta Gaana” about the enigmatic character of Salaar aka Deva. The song gives a glimpse into his rebellious and revolutionary side. Ravi Basrur’s background score will surely amplify the tension and adrenaline rush during the action scenes.
Prabhas – Prashanth Neel Combo
One of the major expectations out of Salaar is to see Pan-India superstar Prabhas collaborating with ace director Prashanth Neel, known for his storytelling craft and directing chops. After back-to-back flops like Radhe Shyam and Adipurush, Prabhas’s career needed a revival, that too in his favourite action genre.
And Prashanth is the ideal man for providing that revival push post the monstrous KGF success. During his interactions with the media, the maverick director has mentioned how Salaar will showcase Prabhas in a never-seen-before intense and rugged avatar. Fans are eager to see the Baahubali star unleashing his machismo through Prashanth Neel’s powerful vision.
What Makes Salaar Special?
Though the popular consensus labels it as an action extravaganza similar to KGF, Salaar: Cease Fire has its own unique appeal for several reasons:
1. Prabhas in beast mode: After experimenting with subtle roles, Prabhas makes a thunderous comeback to hardcore mass action territory. His intensity and panache will surely create some iconic moments.
2. Prithviraj’s maiden Telugu appearance: Playing the villain opposite Prabhas, Malayalam star Prithviraj enters Telugu filmdom with a powerful author-backed role. His on-screen rivalry with Prabhas is poised to leave fans thrilled.
3. Prashanth Neel’s first Pan-India film: With Salaar, the KGF director aims to widen his audience base by narrating a story tailored for the masses across the country. This will test his storytelling prowess.
4. Story about friends turned rivals: The friendship and betrayal subplot has immense drama potential along with the adrenaline-pumping action scenes. This theme holds universal appeal.
5. Cliffhanger climax of Part 1: By releasing Salaar as a two-part film, the makers have managed to sustain the intrigue about where the story ultimately leads. The open ending would make fans eagerly await Part 2.
So in totality, Salaar: Cease Fire – Part 1 delivers on the promise of a gripping story, Prabhas in swag mode, lavishly crafted action scenes and a fantastic ensemble cast. No wonder excitement levels have hit the roof!
As the release date of December 23 approaches closer, the positive word-of-mouth from premieres has amplified expectations from Salaar: Cease Fire to sky-high levels. Advance booking trends indicate that it is poised to take the biggest opening ever for a Prabhas film across all languages.
With the hugely talent squad of Prabhas, Prashanth Neel and Prithviraj Sukumaran coming together, fireworks are guarante. If Salaar: Cease Fire delivers on its promise, it could firmly establish Prabhas as the Pan-India box office emperor. More importantly, it would mark Prashanth Neel’s arrival as the most-bankable director in Indian cinema currently after RRR’s S.S Rajamouli. So the stakes are definitely huge for this mighty clash at the box-office.