Sultan is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film[3][4][5] 
directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film stars Salman Khan as the title character opposite Anushka Sharma.

The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career creates a rift in his personal life.[6]


Theatrical release poster

Directed byAli Abbas ZafarProduced byAditya ChopraWritten byAli Abbas ZafarStarringSalman Khan
Anushka Sharma
Randeep Hooda
Amit SadhMusic by


Julius Packiam (score)CinematographyArtur ZurawskiEdited byRameshwar S. Bhagat


Yash Raj Films

Distributed byYash Raj Films

Release date

6 July 2016

Running time

170 minutesCountryIndiaLanguageHindiBudget80 crore[1]Box office₹623.3 crore (US$93 million)[a][2]

The film was released worldwide on 6 July 2016. It grossed ₹623.3 crore (US$93 million) worldwide,[a][2] becoming the fifth-highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time.



Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) is a middle-aged Jat ex-wrestling champion, who is living a lonely life in a small town in Haryana. Aakash Oberoi (Amit Sadh), the founder of a private mixed martial arts league, is encouraged by his father to recruit Sultan to salvage the league's popularity. After traveling to Haryana he makes an offer to Sultan, who bluntly refuses and says that he has completely retired from wrestling. In search of the reason behind his retirement, Aakash confronts Sultan's close friend Govind, who narrates how Sultan's career began.

During 2008, Sultan falls in love at the sight of Aarfa Hussain (Anushka Sharma), a state-level wrestler and the daughter of a local wrestling coach. Although she is initially cold towards him, she accepts Sultan as a friend. When he begins to claim that they are committed, she insults him saying she would only marry a well-trained wreslter. Determined to win her respect, Sultan dedicates himself to intense training and ultimately wins a state-level wrestling tournament, as well as Aarfa. The two get married and become recognized wrestlers, representing India in various international tournaments. When the two are selected for the Olympic contigent, Aarfa discovers that she's pregnant. She gives up her childhood dream of winning an Olympic gold medal for India, which is then fulfilled by Sultan.

To her surprise, Sultan's accomplishment makes him arrogant, and he slaps a reporter at an event. He also leaves Aarfa nearing her due date to win a gold at Turkey. Upon returning, he finds 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. Angered, Aarfa decides to leave Sultan and reside with her father. Depressed from losing his wife and child, Sultan begins raising funds to open a blood bank of his son's name.

In the present day, Aakash promises Sultan that the tournament's prize money will fulfill his dream of opening a blood bank. Sultan agrees to participate, and travels to train in Delhi, where Aakash introduces him to MMA coach Fateh Singh who initially refuses him, but agrees after seeing his determination. After two months of training, Sultan regains his physique and learns how to wrestle freestyle. In his first fight, Sultan defeats the opponent using his own iconic wrestling style. He soon becomes a nationwide sensation once again by winning a series of matches and gains Aarfa's support in the process.

During the semi-final round, Sultan wins the fight but is severely injured and has to be hospitalized. The doctor informs Aakash that Sultan should not fight again lest his injuries become fatal. Aarfa arrives at the ward and motivates him to continue fighting. During the final match, Sultan overcomes his pain to defeat his opponent and ultimately wins the tournament. Reunited with his wife, Sultan opens a blood bank using the prize money and Aarfa resumes wrestling. A few years later, she gives birth to a baby girl, whom Sultan begins to train as a wrestler.


Salman Khan as Sultan Ali KhanAnushka Sharma as Aarfa Ali Khan née HussainAnant Vidhaat Sharma as Govind/Sultan's friendRandeep Hooda as Fateh Singh/Sultan's coachAmit Sadh as Aakash, Pro Takedown founder and Sultan's presenterMarko Zaror as Marcus (Finalist Fighter)Tyron Woodley as Tyron (Himself) (wrestler)Marrese Crump as Marrese(HImself) (wrestler)Kumud Mishra as Barkat Hussain[7]Suzi Khan as Sultan & Aarfa's daughter[8]Sumeet Samnani as Tiny Kukreja, Sultan's sponsor[9]Ivan Rodrigues as Mr. PatelKarmveer Choudhary as Haryana government sports officerMeiyang Chang as himselfKubra Sait as herself(anchor/commentator)Shibani Dandekar as herselfCandice Redding as a Band member in 'Jag Ghoomeya'Anjana Om Kashyap as TV Reporter


Casting and development

The project was earlier announced in June 2015 with a teaser released on YouTube.[10] Khan will be seen portraying Haryana-based wrestler in the film.[11][12] Khan underwent wrestling training under the guidance of Larnell Stovall.[13][14][15]

In October 2015, there were reports of American actor Sylvester Stallone being cast in the film as Khan's on-screen coach.[16] However, Raja Mukerji, the Executive Producer of the film cleared that Stallone would not be starring in the film.[17] Later, Sanjay Dutt was then rumored to play the role of coach according to Khan's insistence.[18] However, Khan later reported that he never insisted Aditya Chopra for Dutt's role.[19]

In December 2015, Randeep Hooda was later signed to play the role of Khan's coach in the film.[20][21] Amit Sadh of Kai Po Che! fame was reportedly signed for the role of young Sultan.[22] However, in March 2016, he confirmed that he is playing the role of Khan's younger brother.[23] MMA fighter Tyron Woodley has been signed opposite Khan with other fighters in the film.[24][25][26]

In January 2016, Anushka Sharma was signed to play the female lead role opposite Khan.[27] For her role as a wrestler, Sharma took wrestling lessons for the film.[28][29] In February 2016, Bosco-Caesar were signed as the choreographers of the film, replacing Vaibhavi Merchant who left the film due to personal commitments.


Pre-production of the film started in October 2015 where Khan posted a photo of his character in the film on Facebook.[30]Principal photography of the film started in December 2015 at ND StudiosKarjat[31][32] and JW Marriott Mumbai, where the film's first schedule was filmed.[33] Filming of the first schedule had been completed in late December 2015.[34][35] Filming of the second schedule was started in January 2016 where Khan filmed for action sequences.[36][37] A song was filmed in early March 2016, choreographed by Farah Khan.[38] An action sequence between Khan and Sharma was reportedly filmed.[39] Some of the sequence of the movie will feature 360-year-old Jama Masjid of Delhi.[40] In late April 2016 the lead actor Salman Khan was seen riding a scooter as a part of shooting in Muzaffarnagar.[41]


SultanSoundtrack album by Vishal–ShekharReleased31 May 2016RecordedYRF Studios, MumbaiGenreFeature film soundtrackLength1:00:57LanguageHindiLabelYRF MusicProducerAditya ChopraVishal–Shekhar chronologyFan

The music for Sultan is composed by Vishal–Shekhar while the lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. The soundtrack album was released on 31 May 2016.[42] Four songs sung by Salman Khan were released after the release of the original soundtrack. The song Raula Paye Gaya sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was released on 30 June 2016.

All lyrics written by Irshad Kamil; all music composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

Track listingNo.TitleSinger(s)Length1."Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai"Vishal DadlaniShalmali KholgadeNeeti MohanBadshah4:132."Jag Ghoomeya"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan4:423."440 Volt"Mika Singh4:284."Sultan" (Title Track)Sukhwinder Singh, Shadab Faridi4:405."Sachi Muchi"Mohit ChauhanHarshdeep Kaur3:596."Bulleya"Papon5:577."Tuk Tuk"Nooran SistersVishal Dadlani4:128."Jag Ghoomeya" (Female)Neha Bhasin4:149."Rise of Sultan"Shekhar Ravjiani2:4610."Raula Paye Gaya - The Official Sultan Salute"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, 6 Pack Band3:3111."Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" (Salman Khan Version)Salman Khan, Iulia Vantur4:1612."Jag Ghoomeya" (Salman Khan Version)Salman Khan4:4913."440 Volt" (Salman Khan Version)Salman Khan4:2814."Sultan" (Salman Khan Version)Salman Khan4:42Total length:1:00:57


Online piracy issue

On 6 July 2016, the film's digital copy was reported to be available in the darknet. Confirming that the copy was created from the sample sent by the producers to the CBFC board for review, cyber crime experts investigating the leak said, "The leak is confirmed. The copy of the movie is available on the darknet and soon it will be available on torrent."[43] However, Yash Raj Films, the film's producer, denied such development. Kislay Chaudhary, a private investigator, claimed that the links of the 2-hour-36-minute-long movie were available, and shared the screenshot of the same with Mail Today. "Many websites have been blocked since Tuesday evening and links were removed immediately," he added.[44]

Box office


The film grossed approx ₹206 crore from its first 3 days, becoming the first Indian film to do so.[45] It grossed around ₹328 crore from its extended 5-day opening weekend.[46] As of 3 August 2016, the movie grossed ₹416 crore in India and $24 million overseas,[47] becoming the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film of all time.[47] The film's final worldwide gross was ₹589.25 crore (US$82 million),[2] including ₹421.25 crore (US$59 million) in India and ₹168 crore (US$23 million) overseas.[a]


Sultan created new record for Advance Bookings.[51] On its day of release, Sultan received an average of 70% audience occupancy[52] and netted approximately ₹36.54 crore.[53] By the end of its second week, the film had netted an estimated ₹278 crore.[54] Its final domestic gross was ₹421.25 crore.[48]


As of 24 July 2016, the film has collected an estimated ₹39.69 crore (US$5.5 million) in the United States and Canada, ₹52.94 crore (US$7.4 million) in United Arab Emirates and Gulf Cooperation Council, ₹14.07 crore (US$2.0 million) in United Kingdom, ₹6.65 crore (US$930,000) in Australia, ₹30 crore (US$4.2 million) in Pakistan, and ₹30 crore (US$4.2 million) from the rest of the world.[53] As of 17 July 2016, the film had collected ₹2.93 crore (US$410,000) in New Zealand and ₹1.09 crore (US$150,000) in Malaysia.[53] As of 10 July 2016, the film had earned ₹33 lakh (US$46,000) in Germany.[53]Sultan's total overseas gross at end of third weekend stands at approximately 22.57 million USD [151.2 cr].[55] By 3 August 2016, Sultan had made $24.2 million (₹161 crore) overseas gross, making it the sixth-highest-grossing Indian film in overseas markets.[47] Its final overseas gross was ₹180 crore (US$25 million).[49][50]


An official game based on this film has been released by 99Games for Android mobile phones.[56]

Awards and nominations

YearAward CeremonyCategoryRecipient(s) and nominee(s)Result2016Screen AwardsBest Actress (Jury’s Choice)Anushka SharmaNominatedStardust AwardsBest FilmSultanWonBest ActressAnushka Sharma (along with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)WonBest Playback Singer (Female)Neha Bhasin - Jag GhoomeyaWonBest Costume DesignAlvira Khan Agnihotri 
Ashley RebelloWonBest DirectorAli Abbas ZafarNominatedBest ActorSalman KhanNominatedBest Supporting ActorAmit SadhNominatedBest ChoreographyFarah Khan - Baby Ko Bass Pasand HaiNominatedBest Music AlbumSultan - Yash Raj MusicNominatedBest Playback Singer (Male)Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Jag GhoomeyaNominatedBest Playback Singer (Male)Vishal Dadlani & Badshah - Baby Ko Bass Pasand HaiNominatedBest Music DirectorVishal-ShekharNominatedBest LyricistIrshad Kamil - Jag GhoomeyaNominated2016Mirchi Music AwardsSong of the Year"Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedAlbum of the YearVishal-ShekharIrshad KamilNominatedMale Vocalist of the YearRahat Fateh Ali Khan - "Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedFemale Vocalist of the YearNeha Bhasin - "Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedMusic Composer of the YearVishal-Shekhar - "Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedLyricist of the YearIrshad Kamil - "Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedRaag-Inspired Song of the Year"Jag Ghoomeya"NominatedBest Song Producer (Programming & Arranging)Kiran Kamath - "Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai"NominatedBest Background ScoreJulius PackiamNominated2017Filmfare AwardsBest Playback Singer (Female)Neha Bhasin - Jag GhoomeyaWonBest FilmSultanNominatedBest DirectorAli Abbas ZafarNominatedBest ActorSalman KhanNominatedBest Music DirectorVishal-ShekharNominatedBest LyricistIrshad Kamil - Jag GhoomeyaNominatedBest Playback Singer (Male)Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Jag GhoomeyaNominated2017Zee Cine AwardsBest Actor (Viewer's Choice)Salman KhanWonBest Actress (Viewer's Choice)Anushka SharmaWonBest Playback Singer (Female)Neha Bhasin - Jag GhoomeyaWonBest LyricistIrshad Kamil - Jag GhoomeyaWonBest Sound DesignDileep Subramanium 
Ganesh GangadharanWonBest Film (Viewer's Choice)SultanNominatedBest Song of the YearVishal-Shekhar - Baby Ko Bass Pasand HaiNominatedBest Film (Jury's Choice)SultanNominatedBest DirectorAli Abbas ZafarNominatedBest Actor (Jury's Choice)Salman KhanNominatedBest Actress (Jury's Choice)Anushka SharmaNominatedBest StoryAli Abbas ZafarNominatedBest Music DirectorVishal-ShekharNominatedBest LyricistIrshad Kamil - Sultan (Title Song)NominatedBest Playback Singer (Male)Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Jag GhoomeyaNominatedBest Playback Singer (Male)Sukhwinder Singh - Sultan (Title Song)NominatedBest ChoreographyFarah Khan - Baby Ko Bass Pasand HaiNominatedVaibhavi Merchant – Jag GhoomeyaNominatedVaibhavi Merchant – Sultan (Title Song)Nominated2017Jackie Chan Action Movie AwardsBest Action MovieSultanWon2018Tehran International Sports Film FestivalBest DirectorAli Abbas ZafarWonBest ActorSalman KhanWonBest ActressAnushka SharmaWon


a b c Sultan worldwide gross: ₹589.25 crore (US$82 million)Domestic: ₹421.25 crore (US$59 million)[48]Overseas: ₹168 crore (US$23 million)[49][50]

Sultan film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAli Abbas Zafar
Produced byAditya Chopra
Written byAli Abbas Zafar
StarringSalman Khan
Anushka Sharma
Randeep Hooda
Amit Sadh
Music by


Julius Packiam (score)
CinematographyArtur Zurawski
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 6 July 2016
Running time
170 minutes
Budget80 crore[1]
Box office623.3 crore (US$93 million)[a][2

Soundtrack album by Vishal–Shekhar
Released31 May 2016
RecordedYRF Studios, Mumbai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelYRF Music
ProducerAditya Chopra
Vishal–Shekhar chronology


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