Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer Sultan has won the Best Action Film Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival becoming the first Indian film to bag an award at the esteemed festival.
Expressing his delight over the victory, director Ali Abbas Zafar said, “We are very happy with all the love and respect we got at SIFF. Receiving an award under the action category from Jackie Chan is just super special. As a child he has been one of the most inspiring action stars for me and many Indians. Sultan is about desi, Indian wrestling and it’s raw power. Amidst a selection of brilliant action films that present the most refined martial arts, the film’s win is rewarding, and reflects that a good story based in action has universal appeal.”
He further added that, “As a film, ‘Sultan’ is a home-grown story of a fighter and an underdog rooted in our country’s soil. The film’s action reflects this and has won popular opinion over in India. That China, a nation with a proud legacy of cinema and a priceless heritage of classic action and martial arts, has found it suitable to feature in an action competition section is a huge gratification to us.”
Currently the duo of Ali Abbas and Salman are head down busy shooting Tiger Zinda Hai, but soon we shall hear the celebrations at Khan’s because this is so big!