Naysayer always believed that Salman Khan could not act but with Sultan he proved them wrong as he delivered his career-best performance in the Ali Abbas Zafar directed film. As the film completes 4 years today, let us see how much the action drama made in its lifetime at the box office.
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Ali Abbas Zafar has definitely made a good comeback with Sultan after Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Sultan begins well in the present scenario showing the life of a wrestler who lost his family as well as his championship due to his arrogance. The wrestling-drama goes back into the flashback mode showing the reason behind the fall of a champion.
Salman Khan was Sultan and Sultan was Salman Khan. I cannot imagine anyone else playing the character of “Sultan” and that is where Salman proved his mettle. The actor deep dives into the character as if it was tailor-made for him and gives his best. Anushka Sharma as Aarfa was equally competent and shines in her well-defined character. Amit Sadh (the guy from Kai Po Che) finally gets the opportunity to show his acting skills and the actor does well. Last but not the least, Randeep Hooda will blow your mind with impeccable performance. Kumud Mishra who plays Anushka’s father does a fine job as well.
Background score by Julius Packiam deserves special mention. Cinematography by Artur Zurawski is good capturing the beautiful locales of rural India. Wrestling stunts are well-executed. I loved the folk song “Tuk Tuk”, Sultan title song, “Bulleya” and the tuneful “Jag Ghoomeya”.
Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, Sultan was released on 6th July, 2016 at 4350 screens to Rs 36.59 crore. The action-drama collected Rs 105.55 crore in its first weekend and went onto collect Rs 208.99 crores in its first week. Sultan ended its theatrical run with Rs 300.45 crore against a budget of Rs 80 crores and turned out to be “blockbuster” at the box office.