Makers of Sultan, you kind of disappointed us!
When the first teaser of Salman Khan's Sultan came out, that had Haryana ka Sher doing some some hatke wrestling moves to a rousing background score, even a cinema snob like me was impressed! The film is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
For once, I felt here was a Salman Khan film that will definitely bring something new to the table, and that the actor has decided to move beyond his comfort zone! Today, they released a new teaser based on Aarfa, the female lead played by Anushka Sharma, who is also a wrestling champion like Sultan, and whom he refers to as Haryana ki Sherni and Sultan ki Jaan. Needless to say, we were quite impressed with this teaser as well, as it was something quite different to what we usually see from a Hindi film heroine! And Anushka Sharma was looking so badass!
However all that changed once we saw another video, that was made in January 2015, made by JSW Group, featuring real-life wrestler Geeta Phogat. Some of the scenes from the Sultan teaser are so similar to this video, that we cannot even call it a coincidence!
Strangest fact about is that Geeta Phogat's story will be a part of Aamir Khan's Dangal, where he plays her father Mahavir Phogat. Though Sultan and Dangal are both based on wrestling, the makers of Sultan have always claimed it's a fictional story, while Dangal is a biopic.
However seeing that Anushka's character is so similar to Geeta Phogat, and that there is a rumour going on that Salman's character will train her to national glory, this is very similar to Dangal's plot, where Mahavir Phogat trains his two daughters to become pros at wrestling. However, Sultan is coming in EID first, while Dangal is releasing on Christmas. Therefore Sultan will definitely have a upper hand!
We could just be paranoid and making vague conclusions based on uncannily similar videos, but for the sake of good cinema, let's hope the similarities end at that!
Watch both the videos and decide if we are being paranoid, or we are right in thinking that the films are similar...
Anushka Sharma's Sultan teaser...
The Geeta Phogat video...
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