Sultan, that has turned out to be the biggest blockbuster of the year, continues to rule Hindi cinema in 2016 with multiple feats. It has now been selected for the Indian Panorama section of the 47th International Film Festival of India, 2016.
IFFI hosts varied and qualitative collection of films for the international film fraternity and press in the Indian panorama section and this will be Sultan’s second outing at an international film festival after Busan International Film Festival earlier this year.
Set in Haryana, Sultan traces the journey of a wrestler who loses his everything in a moment of pride but decides to fight courageously to win them back when he gets an opportunity. Talking about the film, director Ali Abbas Zafar said, “Sultan is the story of introspection, of the ‘fight within’. As director this aspect of the story excited me. I also found it thrilling that love, a universal emotion plays a pivotal role in it. That it picks a homegrown Indian sport of wrestling, and leads it to the evolution to mixed martial arts (MMA), Sultan integrates the concept of ‘mitti’- son of the soil- in its soul. It’s the running metaphor between life and Sultan’s character. To have basket full of emotion like love, happiness, pride, fall, resurrection, redemption and finally glory was difficult but what was more difficult was to keep the story simple. Simple stories are always the most difficult to tell. That we succeeded in achieving this with Sultan is gratifying.”
At Busan, Sultan got a warm reception and standing ovation at the Open Cinema Section. The film stars Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma in lead roles along with Amit Sadh and Randeep Hooda and is produced by Aditya Chopra.