Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Writer: Ali Abbas Zafar
Stars: Salman Khan, Marko Zaror, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda
Runtime: 143 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Released: 07 Jul 2016
Synopsis: Sultan is a story of Sultan Ali Khan – a local wrestling champion with the world at his feet as he dreams of representing India at the Olympics. It’s a story of Aarfa – a feisty young girl from the same small town as Sultan with her own set of dreams. When the 2 local wrestling legends lock horns, romance blossoms and their dreams and aspirations become intertwined and aligned. However, the path to glory is a rocky one and one must fall several times before one stands victorious – More often than not, this journey can take a lifetime. Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestler’s journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds staked up against him. But when he has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fight for his life match… Sultan must literally fight for his life. Sultan believes he’s got what it takes… but this time, it’s going to take everything he’s got.
In Delhi, entrepreneur Akash Oberoi (Amit Sadh) is facing the heat from his investors about his ‘Pro-Take Down’ mixed martial arts (MMA) venture which is flopping in India. Frustrated, Akash talks with his father Mr. Oberoi (Parikshit Sahni), who tells him his MMA venture needs a desi rustic Indian wrestler who will pound foreign fighters to dust. He points him towards Sultan in Haryana’s Rewari, whom he had seen wrestling before and winning several championships.
Akash leaves for Rewari and finds Sultan (Salman Khan) working in the Jal Nigam (State Water Board) now, an overweight, depressed-looking man who impresses Akash by lifting a tractor but who outright refuses Akash’s offer and tells him he’s stopped fighting. Akash meets Govind, Sultan’s best friend, who tells him the reason is Sultan’s love story – with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma). The movie moves into a flashback.
Eight years ago, while kite-running through Rewari, Sultan, who runs a small dish TV business, bangs into Aarfa and hits her, thinking a man is wearing her scooter helmet and driving. Aarfa, who’s a wrestler training at her father Barkat’s Jaanbaaz Akhaara (gym), beats up Sultan – who promptly falls in love with her. Sultan’s grandmother encourages him to tell Aarfa while his father disapproves. But Sultan, who follows Aarfa into a wedding and sings to her, confesses his love to Aarfa who tells him in English he’d be called a ‘cit-guy’. Sultan thinks this is a compliment – till Govind tells him it means “shit guy.”
Sultan then joins Barkat’s akhaara, first having to donate blood before Aarfa, who finds he’s a rare ‘O Negative, and trains to be a wrestler. Aarfa grows friendlier towards him, and they start going up and down the village together. Sultan takes Aarfa to meet Govind and his other friends one day, and they address Aarfa as ‘bhabhi’ (sister-in-law). Aarfa is furious with Sultan and tells him he has no business thinking and talking like this as she, training to be an Olympic star, will never accept a village bumpkin who has no goals.