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Sultan: A Movie Review

Sultan is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles, along with Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh, and Kumud Mishra in supporting roles. The film tells the story of Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional wrestler from Haryana who overcomes personal and professional challenges to pursue his dream of representing India at the Olympics.

The film was released worldwide on 6 July 2016 and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It was praised for its performances, direction, music, action sequences, and emotional quotient. It also became a huge commercial success, grossing over 623.33 crore ($93 million) worldwide and becoming the tenth highest-grossing Indian film ever.


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Plot Summary

The film begins with Aakash Oberoi, the founder of a private mixed martial arts league, being advised by his father to recruit Sultan Ali Khan, a former wrestling champion from Haryana, to boost the popularity of his league. Aakash travels to Haryana and meets Sultan's friend Govind, who narrates Sultan's story.

In 2008, Sultan falls in love with Aarfa Hussain, a state-level wrestler and the daughter of a local wrestling coach. Aarfa initially rejects Sultan's advances, saying that she will only marry a well-trained wrestler. Determined to win her respect, Sultan dedicates himself to intense training and eventually wins a state-level wrestling tournament, as well as Aarfa's heart. The two get married and become renowned wrestlers, representing India in various international tournaments.

When the two are selected for the Olympic contingent, Aarfa discovers that she is pregnant. She decides to give up her dream of winning an Olympic gold medal for India, which Sultan then fulfills. However, Sultan becomes arrogant and egoistic after his victory and slaps a reporter at an event. He also leaves Aarfa nearing her due date to participate in another tournament in Turkey. Upon returning, he learns that his newborn son had died due to severe anaemia. The baby had a rare O- blood type, identical to Sultan's, whose absence deprived the child of a donor. Devastated, Aarfa blames Sultan for their loss and leaves him.

Depressed and guilt-ridden, Sultan quits wrestling and raises funds to open a blood bank in his son's name. In the present day, Aakash offers Sultan a lucrative deal to join his league and promises him that the prize money will help him fulfill his dream of opening a blood bank. Sultan agrees and begins his training under Fateh Singh, a former coach who had trained him before.

Sultan regains his physique and stamina and wins his first fight against an opponent named Rakesh Patil. He then defeats several other fighters from different countries, including Tyron Woodley from USA and Marrese Crump from Thailand. He also reconciles with Aarfa, who has become a successful wrestling coach herself. However, he faces his toughest challenge in the final match against Ronald Fernandes from Brazil, who is also the reigning champion of the league.

The final match is a brutal and bloody affair, with both fighters sustaining severe injuries. Sultan manages to overpower Ronald in the last round and pins him down, winning the match and the championship. He dedicates his victory to his son and donates all his prize money to his blood bank project. He also proposes to Aarfa for remarriage, which she accepts.

The film ends with Sultan opening his blood bank along with Aarfa and their daughter, who is also a wrestler.


  • Salman Khan as Sultan Ali Khan

  • Anushka Sharma as Aarfa Hussain

  • Randeep Hooda as Fateh Singh

  • Amit Sadh as Aakash Oberoi

  • Kumud Mishra as Barkat Hussain

  • Parikshit Sahni as Gyan Singh Oberoi

  • Tyron Woodley as Tyron

  • Marrese Crump as Marrese

  • Brahim Chab as Brahim

  • Kubbra Sait as Kubra Sait


The music of the film was composed by Vishal-Shekhar, with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil. The soundtrack album consists of nine songs, featuring vocals by Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Badshah, Sukhwinder Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mika Singh, Harshdeep Kaur, and others. The songs were well-received by the listeners and became chartbusters. Some of the popular songs from the album are:

  • "Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" - A peppy dance number sung by Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Badshah, and Ishita.

  • "Jag Ghoomeya" - A romantic ballad sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Neha Bhasin.

  • "440 Volt" - A catchy electro-pop song sung by Mika Singh.

  • "Sultan" - A motivational anthem sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shadab Faridi.

  • "Sachi Muchi" - A sweet duet sung by Mohit Chauhan and Harshdeep Kaur.


The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It was praised for its performances, direction, music, action sequences, and emotional quotient. It also became a huge commercial success, grossing over 623.33 crore ($93 million) worldwide and becoming the tenth highest-grossing Indian film ever. It also broke several box office records, such as the highest opening day collection, the highest single day collection, the highest opening weekend collection, the highest grossing Hindi film of 2016, and the third highest grossing Indian film of all time.

Some of the critical acclaim that the film received are:

"Sultan is a Salman Khan vehicle all the way. It gives you what you expect from a Salman film entertainment with a dash of heroism but it also surprises you with its restraint and its down-to-earth attitude." - Raja Sen from

"Sultan is a pleasant surprise. Its not just a film about a fallen superstars journey to redemption; its also about how an athletes biggest opponent is himself." - Anupama Chopra from Film Companion

"Sultan is a sports drama with its heart in the right place. It has all the ingredients of a 'masala' potboiler but doesn't go overboard with it." - Meena Iyer from The Times of India


Sultan is a film that celebrates the spirit of sportsmanship and the power of love. It is a film that showcases Salman Khan's versatility and charisma as an actor and a star. It is a film that entertains and inspires the viewers with its engaging story and thrilling action. It is a film that deserves to be watched and appreciated by all.

If you are interested in watching Sultan, you can check out the official trailer here and read some more reviews here . However, please do not resort to illegal means of downloading or streaming the movie, as it harms the industry and the artists who work hard to create such wonderful films. Instead, support them by watching the movie legally on platforms like Amazon Prime Video or Netflix.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new about Sultan.


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