Meet “Haryana Ki Shaan” – Sultan Ali Khan This Eid

Wrestling is not a sport; it’s about what lies within.
–Sultan Ali Khan (Wrestler)

This Eid will be more special than ever! Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie Sultan stars superstar Salman Khan who will be essaying the role of a wrestler aka “Haryana Ki Shaan – Sultan Ali Khan.” The movie is set to go on floors coming Eid.

Though this might be the year of the biopic for Bollywood, unlike speculations Sultan is not a story based on the life events of a real-life wrestler. Instead, the movie is all about “what lies within”. A Haryana-based wrestler Sultan Ali Khan faces problems in his professional and personal life. However, this does not deter him from reaching his goal and he moves on to achieve global fame at the Commonwealth Games, the FILA Wrestling Championship in Istanbul and finally at the Olympics.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan in Sultan (Source: Yash Raj Films)

Salman Khan will be seen acing the Haryanvi accent and has reportedly gained weight to fit into the character of the wrestler. The actor has undergone rigorous training sessions with Hollywood fight choreographer Larnell Stovall and will also be showing off some Mixed Martial Art moves in the movie.

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Paired opposite to the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor is Anushka Sharma, who will be essaying the character of Aarfa in the movie. In the teaser which unveils the character of Aarfa, the actor is seen training hard for her wrestling matches and is presented as “Haryana ki Sherni”. As she delivers a power-packed blow to her contender, the crowd roars out her name aloud.

Haryana Ki Sherni – Aarfa (Source: Yash Raj Films)

The character of Aarfa holds great importance in the movie as not only is she the love interest of Khan but also becomes the reason why the latter decides to fight his inner demons and take up the sport seriously, winning accolades for the country.

The movie has all ingredients that make up for a blockbuster- action, romance along with the fall and rise of the protagonist. However, the film is not a “masala entertainer” unlike other movies that feature Khan but will definitely be a treat for Sallu Bhai fans as it will showcase the actor’s talent at its best.