Salman Khan, Ali Abbas Zafar
Salman Khan, Ali Abbas ZafarVarinder Chawla

Salman Khan's "Sultan" is one of the most-awaited films of the year, which is why expectations from it are sky-high. That is what is pushing director Ali Abbas Zafar to the edge.

Talking to DNA about his inhibitions and fears, he said that people are comparing it with "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and already discussing numbers. "My worry is that I don't let Salman (Khan) down. He should not feel that I wasted his time," he told the daily.

Considering that Salman trained with professional MMA fighters for over three months in the confines of his home gives the director the push to not disappoint him. The superstar trained with them for three hours every day and within no time was "kicking, punching and doing all those things like a pro."

Not just Salman, Anushka too has put in her heart and soul into "Sultan." Wrestlers were hired to help the leading lady get a grip on the combat sport and its many grappling techniques.

"I learnt the moves and the technical way of doing it (wrestling). I am very happy that I did it. As of now, if I see wrestling, I will understand how it happens. I am grateful for the opportunity. I was sure that we won't use a body double. I felt that if I have learnt something, I want to show it properly. I worked hard and I am happy that I got to do it," the Press Trust of India quoted Anushka as saying.

To open in theatres on Eid, the sports-drama film features Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh in key roles.