Makers of Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma’s “Sultan” are leaving no stone unturned to get their film to be as close to the reality as possible. Apparently, the lead actors will bring alive a popular Hariyanvi tradition onscreen.
It was Salman’s idea to pull on board some of the best wrestlers of the state with whom he could train. The star believes it will help him add a different dimension to his character. “As a result wrestlers from Haryana, Bhopal and Delhi were roped in and currently Salman Khan has been spending two hours daily with the team of actual wrestlers. The training and interaction is expected to continue for a month,” DNA quoted a source as saying.
Anushka too isn’t far behind and has been training with male wrestlers to understand the body language and add shades to her role. An insider told the Hindustan Times (Feb. 19, Mumbai edition), that she wanted make sure her character brought out the tradition well on the screen.
“This is the reason she is training with male wrestlers. She wants to understand their body language, and make it seem as real as possible, since the tradition will be replicated in the movie,” the source further added.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar told Mid-Day how the crew invested two whole months on research and toured akhadas (wrestling ring of sorts) around Haryana and Delhi to understand the rhythm of the sport.
In addition to this, some of the major tournaments will be replicated to help the narrative achieve a certain level of authenticity. The Asian Games (China), Commonwealth Games (Delhi), Olympics (London) and Wrestling World Championships (Hungary) are some of the championships that will make their way into the film.