While Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman Khan are currently basking in the success of their latest blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai, the director-actor duo has got another reason to celebrate. Sultan directed by Ali Abbas Zafar has emerged winners at the Tehran International Sports Film Festival.
Zafar won a Honorary Diploma for the Best Director of Long Narrative, while Salman and Anushka won the Best Actor and Diploma in the Long Narrative section and the Best Actress trophy and diploma in the Long Narrative section, read a statement from the movie's production banner Yash Raj Films.
"Sultan has cut across borders, cultures and languages with its powerful story, performances and honest belief in the life changing impact of a sport. The team and I are very thankful to the organisers at Tehran International Sports Film Festival for their appreciation and love," Zafar said in a statement.
Talking about his bond with Salman, director Zafar in an interview to indianexpress.com said, ''I personally think he is one of the very few people in the industry who’s very honest, who is like ‘what you see, is what you get’. And I am somewhere exactly like that. He is so senior to me so my relationship with him has always been like that of a younger brother. We don’t have a director-actor relationship. So when that happens, I can push him to do things which maybe a lot of filmmakers won’t be able to do.''
Sultan revolves around a middle-aged wrestler, who gives up the sport. Years later, he sets out to revive his career as he needs the prize money and wants to regain his lost respect. On a related note, Tiger Zinda Hai has minted over Rs 500 crore worldwide and shattering Sultan's record, also became Yash Raj Films' highest grosser till date. Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman are set to team up again for the third time for Bharat.
(With IANS inputs)
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