Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar knows his new film Sultan would not just give him a reputation as a filmmaker, but also raise people’s expectations of him.
“The pressure – will Sultan touch Rs 400 crore? Will it cross Rs 500 crore, is mounting. It’s not getting to me. I know Sultan gives me a certain standing as a filmmaker. I also know what some great man said about success – that with power comes responsibility,” said Ali.
“I’ll be expected to deliver an even bigger film after Sultan. I don’t want to think about this. I am just happy that the film has connected with the audience. And when a real life wrestler like Sangram Singh says Salman looks authentic doing the wrestling moves, I feel we have achieved what we set out to do,” he added.
Suddenly, there is a renewed interest in wrestling in the country.
“When people say Sultan will do to wrestling what Chak De! India did to hockey, I feel elated. It takes a star like Salman or Shah Rukh Khan to get audiences into the theatre to watch a film about a game that isn’t cricket or football,” said Ali.
“There is that ‘mitti ki khushboo’ in the presentation. And audiences have sensed it. It’s embedded in the game of wrestling. If I had made a film about, say fencing or boxing, I don’t think it would have had the same impact. Every Indian identifies with wrestling. Kushti is a sport we all know,” said Ali. – CINEWS