The recent "Udta Punjab" row involving the Censor Board Film Certification (CBFC) has probably pushed every filmmaker to the edge. However, the makers of "Sultan" have nothing to worry about as their film has been passed with zero cuts and a U/A certificate.
A SpotboyE report stated that the board loved the film immensely. "It should exceed all expectations," an insider told the entertainment portal.
"Sultan" sits on a runtime of 168 minutes, which is 2 hours 48 minutes (including the beginning and end credits), Catch News reported. Going by the recent trend, this is pretty lengthy.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the sports-drama film is based on the life of a Haryana-based wrestler who goes on win big at international championships. Played by Salman Khan, Sultan Ali Khan is a character who battles his inner demons and opponents in the ring with equal finesse.
Anushka Sharma plays Sultan's love interest Aarfa, who is also a wrestler. The leading lady has trained with professionals to get the body language right and a grip on the many wrestling moves.
Salman too had to learn the techniques of the combat-sport and put on roughly 8-10 kilos of weight, all of which he has to shed for Kabir Khan's "Tubelight."
"I underwent weight training. Then I perfected the moves. I spent 2-3 hours in the day practising those because in the film, I go from the village level akhada to the mat-based ring and then the MMA arena. So I had to do a lot of punching and kicking. I had to be convincing or else I'd look like a fraud," SpotboyE quoted the actor as saying.
"Sultan" is scheduled to arrive on July 6 and also stars Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh in significant roles.