Sultan (2016 film)
Sultan (transl. King) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film stars Salman Khan as the title character opposite Anushka Sharma. The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional pehlwani wrestler and former world wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career has created a rift in his personal life.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Edited by||Rameshwar S. Bhagat|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Box office||est. ₹589.25 crore|
Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) is a middle-aged Jat pehlwani wrestler and ex-wrestling champion, who is living a lonely life in a small town in Haryana. Aakash Oberoi (Amit Sadh), the founder of a private mixed martial arts league backed by Mr. Patel (Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues), is encouraged by his father to recruit Sultan to salvage the league's popularity. After traveling to Haryana he makes an offer to Sultan, who bluntly refuses and says that he has completely retired from wrestling. In search of the reason behind his retirement, Aakash confronts Sultan's close friend Govind, who narrates how Sultan's career began.
During 2008, Sultan falls in love at the sight of Aarfa Hussain (Anushka Sharma), a state-level wrestler and the daughter of a local wrestling coach. Although she is initially cold towards him, she accepts Sultan as a friend. When he begins to claim that they are committed, she insults him saying she would only marry a well-trained wreslter. Determined to win her respect, Sultan dedicates himself to intense training and ultimately wins a state-level wrestling tournament, as well as Aarfa. The two get married and become recognized wrestlers, representing India in various international tournaments. When the two are selected for the Olympic contingent, Aarfa discovers that she's pregnant. She gives up her childhood dream of winning an Olympic gold medal for India, which is then fulfilled by Sultan.
To her surprise, Sultan's accomplishment makes him arrogant, and he slaps a reporter at an event. He also leaves Aarfa nearing her due date to win a gold at Turkey. Upon returning, he finds that his newborn son had died due to severe anaemia. The baby had a rare O- blood type, identical to Sultan's, whose absence deprived the child of a donor. Angered, Aarfa decides to leave Sultan and reside with her father. Depressed from losing his wife and child, Sultan begins raising funds to open a blood bank of his son's name.
In the present day, Aakash promises Sultan that the tournament's prize money will fulfill his dream of opening a blood bank. Sultan agrees to participate, and travels to train in Delhi, where Aakash introduces him to MMA coach Fateh Singh who initially refuses him, but agrees after seeing his determination. After two months of training, Sultan regains his physique and learns how to wrestle freestyle. In his first fight, Sultan defeats the opponent using his own iconic wrestling style. He soon becomes a nationwide sensation once again by winning a series of matches and gains Aarfa's support in the process.
During the semi-final round, Sultan wins the fight but is severely injured and has to be hospitalized. The doctor informs Aakash that Sultan should not fight again lest his injuries become fatal. Aarfa arrives at the ward and motivates him to continue fighting. During the final match, Sultan overcomes his pain to defeat his opponent and ultimately wins the tournament. Reunited with his wife, Sultan opens a blood bank using the prize money and Aarfa resumes wrestling. A few years later, she gives birth to a baby girl, whom Sultan begins to train as a wrestler.
- Salman Khan as Sultan Ali Khan
- Anushka Sharma as Aarfa Ali Khan née Hussain, Sultan's wife
- Anant Vidhaat Sharma as Govind, Sultan's friend
- Randeep Hooda as Fateh Singh, Sultan's coach
- Amit Sadh as Aakash, Pro Takedown founder and Sultan's presenter
- Marko Zaror as Marcus (Finalist Fighter)
- Naveen Ohlyan as Sultan's father
- Tyron Woodley as Tyron (Himself) (wrestler)
- Marrese Crump as Marrese (Himself) (wrestler)
- Kumud Mishra as Barkat Hussain
- Suzi Khan as Sultan & Aarfa's daughter
- Sumeet Samnani as Tiny Kukreja, Sultan's sponsor
- Ivan Rodrigues as Mr. Patel
- Karmveer Choudhary as Haryana government sports officer
- Parikshat Sahni as Gyan Singh Oberoi
- Ashish Raja as Rajveer
- Arwind Wahi as Inter State Coach
- Himanshu Bhutiyani as Doctor Safdurjang
- Meiyang Chang as himself
- Kubra Sait as herself (anchor/commentator)
- Shibani Dandekar as herself
- Candice Redding as a Band member in 'Jag Ghoomeya'
- Anjana Om Kashyap as TV Reporter
- Amit Raj (Guest appearance)
Casting and developmentEdit
The project was earlier announced in June 2015 with a teaser released on YouTube. Khan will be seen portraying Haryana-based wrestler in the film. Khan underwent wrestling training under the guidance of Larnell Stovall.
In October 2015, there were reports of American actor Sylvester Stallone being cast in the film as Khan's on-screen coach. However, Raja Mukerji, the Executive Producer of the film cleared that Stallone would not be starring in the film. Later, Sanjay Dutt was then rumored to play the role of coach according to Khan's insistence. However, Khan later reported that he never insisted Aditya Chopra for Dutt's role.
In December 2015, Randeep Hooda was later signed to play the role of Khan's coach in the film. Amit Sadh of Kai Po Che! fame was reportedly signed for the role of young Sultan. However, in March 2016, he confirmed that he is playing the role of Khan's younger brother. MMA fighter Tyron Woodley has been signed opposite Khan with other fighters in the film.
In January 2016, Anushka Sharma was signed to play the female lead role opposite Khan. For her role as a wrestler, Sharma took wrestling lessons for the film. In February 2016, Bosco-Caesar were signed as the choreographers of the film, replacing Vaibhavi Merchant who left the film due to personal commitments.
Pre-production of the film started in October 2015 where Khan posted a photo of his character in the film on Facebook. Principal photography of the film started in December 2015 at ND Studios, Karjat and JW Marriott Mumbai, where the film's first schedule was filmed. Filming of the first schedule had been completed in late December 2015. Filming of the second schedule was started in January 2016 where Khan filmed for action sequences. A song was filmed in early March 2016, choreographed by Farah Khan. An action sequence between Khan and Sharma was reportedly filmed. Some of the sequence of the movie will feature 360-year-old Jama Masjid of Delhi. In late April 2016 the lead actor Salman Khan was seen riding a scooter as a part of shooting in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||31 May 2016|
|Recorded||YRF Studios, Mumbai|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music for Sultan is composed by Vishal–Shekhar while the lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. The soundtrack album was released on 31 May 2016. Four songs sung by Salman Khan were released after the release of the original soundtrack. The song Raula Paye Gaya sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was released on 30 June 2016.
|1.||"Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai"||Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Neeti Mohan, Badshah||4:13|
|2.||"Jag Ghoomeya"||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||4:42|
|3.||"440 Volt"||Mika Singh||4:28|
|4.||"Sultan" (Title Track)||Sukhwinder Singh, Shadab Faridi||4:40|
|5.||"Sachi Muchi"||Mohit Chauhan, Harshdeep Kaur||3:59|
|7.||"Tuk Tuk"||Nooran Sisters, Vishal Dadlani||4:12|
|8.||"Jag Ghoomeya" (Female)||Neha Bhasin||4:14|
|9.||"Rise of Sultan"||Shekhar Ravjiani||2:46|
|10.||"Raula Paye Gaya - The Official Sultan Salute"||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, 6 Pack Band||3:31|
|11.||"Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" (Salman Khan Version)||Salman Khan, Iulia Vantur||4:16|
|12.||"Jag Ghoomeya" (Salman Khan Version)||Salman Khan||4:49|
|13.||"440 Volt" (Salman Khan Version)||Salman Khan||4:28|
|14.||"Sultan" (Salman Khan Version)||Salman Khan||4:42|
The film grossed approx ₹206 crore from its first 3 days, becoming the first Indian film to do so. It grossed around ₹328 crore from its extended 5-day opening weekend. As of 3 August 2016[update], the movie grossed ₹416 crore in India and $24 million overseas, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film of all time. The film's worldwide gross was ₹589.25 crore prior to its China release, including ₹421.25 crore in India and ₹168 crore overseas. As of 9 September 2018[update], following its China release, the film has grossed ₹603.33 crore ($96 million) worldwide.
Sultan created new record for Advance Bookings. On its day of release, Sultan received an average of 70% audience occupancy and netted approximately ₹36.54 crore. By the end of its second week, the film had netted an estimated ₹278 crore. Its final domestic gross was ₹421.25 crore.
As of 24 July 2016[update], the film had collected an estimated ₹39.69 crore in the United States and Canada, ₹52.94 crore in United Arab Emirates and Gulf Cooperation Council, ₹14.07 crore in United Kingdom, ₹6.65 crore in Australia, ₹30 crore in Pakistan, and ₹30 crore from other territories. As of 17 July 2016[update], the film had collected ₹2.93 crore in New Zealand and ₹1.09 crore in Malaysia. As of 10 July 2016[update], the film had earned ₹33 lakh in Germany. Sultan's total overseas gross at the end of the third weekend stood at approximately $22.57 million (₹151.2 crore). By 3 August 2016, Sultan had made $24.2 million (₹161 crore) overseas gross, making it the sixth-highest-grossing Indian film in overseas markets. Its overseas gross was ₹180 crore prior to its China release.
In China, where the film released on 31 August 2018, the film grossed US$5.4 million as of 16 September 2018. The film peaked at number seven on the weekly China box office chart, during the week ending 9 September 2018. As of 9 September 2018[update], the film has grossed $29.82 million overseas.
On 6 July 2016, the film's digital copy was reported to be available in the darknet. Confirming that the copy was created from the sample sent by the producers to the CBFC board for review, cyber crime experts investigating the leak said, "The leak is confirmed. The copy of the movie is available on the darknet and soon it will be available on torrent." However, Yash Raj Films, the film's producer, denied such development. Kislay Chaudhary, a private investigator, claimed that the links of the 2-hour-36-minute-long movie were available, and shared the screenshot of the same with Mail Today. "Many websites have been blocked since Tuesday evening and links were removed immediately," he added.
Awards and nominationsEdit
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