Salman Khan’s “Sultan” will enjoy a solo release across India and a tax-free one in Uttar Pradesh. The idea is to encourage filmmakers to shoot in the state, said Minister of State (Independent Charge) (Entertainment Tax) Madan Chauhan.
Madan told Amar Ujala that filmmakers will get complete support from the state government if they decide to shoot in Uttar Pradesh. “Sultan” gets tax exemption because it was shot in Morana, he added.
“The film will get the tax benefit not just at the multiplexes but we will come up with a special scheme even for single screen theatres,” he further elaborated.
This Ali Abbas Zafar directorial has an interesting premise, which follows the story of Haryana-based wrestler Sultan Ali Khan’s (Salman) battles both inside and outside the ring. The actor, who has worked extensively trained with professional wrestlers for the role, is certain that the sports-drama will click at the box office.
“‘Sultan’ is a love story and a love story never fails,” he told Catch News. However, he isn’t too certain if the other films based on cricket will perform well, as the sport looks fake on-screen. “‘Mary Kom’ had a story of her struggle and so it did well. ‘Chak De India’ had an incredible story. So, in cricket films too, you need a story,” the web portal quoted him as saying.
Preparing for “Sultan” wasn’t easy for him and he was striving for perfection the entire time he was filming. “So, being picked up and being thrown on mat or mitti, it hurts me as much it hurts them. Also, picking them up and throwing them is a painful exercise. When they have a match, it’s for about half an hour but I am shooting all day,” he pointed out.
The film opens on Eid and features Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh in key roles.