Director Ali Abbas Zafar says he had narrated the idea of Sultan to Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone, who was bowled over by it. Salman Khan starrer Sultan was released this year on Eid and went to become an all time blockbuster.
Ali says he had a brief interaction with the Sylvester Stallone in Los Angeles. “I met Stallone, while doing research and getting my martial arts team from LA. I met him for a brief interaction and he kind of heard the story. He said ‘Wow, what a story. This could be a story which can easily be done in America.’ Because it’s about an underdog who has lost everything and is trying to get his self esteem back ” Ali told PTI.
Sultan had it’s screening at the ongoing 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), where it was houseful. The film was also screened recently at Busan film festival.
“Yesterday, when I entered I thought not many people would be watching it because it’s already been in theatres and was on TV too. But the turn out was very good. Even international audience was there. It feels special but it also unnerves you because more people know you now, they recognise your work. Next time you make something, they will be looking out for you. But it’s a good feeling.”
“If the stories have a universal appeal, they will travel. Satyajit Ray made films about Indian people. What the West related to was the honesty of the stories. Sultan has a universal story, about a man fighting within. That man can be anywhere in the world.
“I believe the story travels everywhere irrespective of the language. There is a certain way we do films. It has got songs and a lot of other elements, but I think that’s what West likes.”
Last year Stallone was seen expressing his gratitude on Twitter when Salman complimented him and called him his hero.