Salman Khan is often known for his laid back and relaxed attitude but surprisingly, director Ali Abbas Zafar says the superstar was completely dedicated while working on "Sultan"
“Salman was not laid back at all. On paper he knew he can't afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine. In wrestling, weight goes up and down. Physically, this film has been very challenging," Ali said. Even after going through the grueling training sessions and workouts in the gym, according to Ali, the 50-year-old actor never complained. "Only on hard days he used to ask if he could have an ice cream. But the day he was done, he had four ice creams," Ali added.
The star had to alter his weight from 100 kgs and then as per the instructions of Ali, he came down to 90 kgs and then to 82 kgs. "At the age of 50 to do all this within six to eight months takes a lot of hard work. Even when he was not working on sets he had to train for four hours. This is phenomenal for an actor enjoying such stardom," he said.
"This is Salman's first sports film and you do make some changes keeping his personality in mind. We wanted to make "Sultan" with him only. Whatever changes happened, it happened on the sets, not on script level. His understanding and experience helped us to make a better film. He did small changes and not the big things," he added. Ali reveals that Salman was initially shy to wear a langot. "He is a very shy guy and very conscious about his body.''
On the other hand, actress Kangana Ranaut condemned Salman Khan's "insensitive" rape analogy but said he should not be targeted for it. "We all agree that it is a horrible thing to say, it is something which is extremely insensitive," Kangana spoke at the launch of Shirish Kunder's short film "Kriti". "But what I would like to say is let's not encourage the mentality where we want to point fingers at each other and want to feel greater by just running people down by trolling them. As a society, we have to take responsibility. It is disgraceful to the whole society and not an individual.''
While Salman's father, Salim Khan, apologised on his behalf, the chorus demanding apology from Salman himself is growing. Kangana added, "What Salim uncle says is right, we are all sorry about it. It is not about an individual, we all collectively feel sorry for that thought process."