When this Eid director Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan opens for his fans there will be more of him to enjoy than usual. At 2 hours and 50 minutes, Sultan clocks at being one of the longest film of Salman’s career. It’s also one of the most gripping films of Salman’s career. Or so says Salman’s unsparingly critical father writer Salim Khan who has been granted the singular privilege of watching the film before its release.
So far producer Aditya Chopra has never allowed anyone access into a Yash Raj film so much before release. Salim Khan had expressed a wish to view Yash Raj’s 2012 Salman’s release Ek Tha Tiger. But he had been politely rebuffed.
Speaking about the film’s inordinate length and Salim Khan’s reaction to it, the director Ali Abbas Zafar is unfazed, “When I showed the film to Salim Saab he said something that gave me immense confidence. He said, ‘You’ve been able put more on the screen more than you put on paper (in the screenplay).’ Coming from a writer of his stature that was an immense boost for my self-confidence.”
Ali Abbas Zafar won’t be watching his film on July 6 with the rest of the cast and crew. He has made a promise to his parents in Dehradun to be with them to watch the film. Right after ‘Sultan’ opens he rushes home.
“My family has no connection with the film industry. My parents won’t come to Mumbai even for something as important as ‘Sultan’. They told me, ‘You come to Dehradun to watch it with us’. So I am off to be home with my parents the day after ‘Sultan’ releases.”