Once a film has been a great success, there’s always a certain amount of expectation that grows for everyone who’s involved in the film. Be it the director, actors or even producer. With ‘Sultan’ (2016) being one of the biggest hits of 2016, director Ali Abbas Zafar knows there’s that pressure for his next to be even bigger and better. However it seems, the filmmaker isn’t paying too much heed��on that part of his career.
“I’ll be expected to deliver an even bigger film after ‘Sultan’. I don’t want to think about this. I am just happy that the film has connected with the audience. And when a real life wrestler like Sangram Singh says Salman looks authentic doing the wrestling moves, I feel we have achieved what we set out to do,”��NDTV reported Zafar explaining.
The Indian film industry tends to have quite an influence in what goes on in India. As films based on sports are on the rise, there seems to be a pattern with each sport getting a lot more positive exposure in India, which is exactly what happened with ‘Sultan’. “When people say ‘Sultan’ will do to wrestling what ‘Chak De! India’ (2007) did to hockey, I feel elated. It takes a star like Salman or Shah Rukh Khan to get audiences into the theatre to watch a film about a game that isn’t cricket or football,” the filmmaker expressed.
Proving he has what it takes to be an exceptional story teller, here’s hoping his next will gain a similar response.