Jul 6, 2016 13:38(IST)
As two out of three screenings of 'Sultan' are done, we are now ending this live blog!
Watch out for Anna Vetticad's review of the film soon on Firstpost. Also check out our Facebook page for a live video reaction outside Gaiety cinemas once the First Day First Show is done.
Eid Mubarak to all our readers!
Live from Gaiety:
People are rushing back in hoards after the interval. Crowds outside are buying tickets in black, and there are housefull shows back to back through the day.
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Live frm YRF:
Even though it's draggy and predictable, 'Sultan' still holds your attention, It's sweet, funny and succeeds in passing the emotions and feels to the audiences in the best possible way.
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Meanwhile, not everyone is buying into the 'Salmania'
Live from YRF:
'Sultan' has an extremely exciting first half. It's well-paced, motivating and emotional. The second half has a good start but starts to crumble. All this leads up to a predictable plot.
There's a chorus of cheers in Gaiety cinemas, FDFS almost every 5 minutes. #EidwithSultan
When you have to go fight but bae sends you a selfie :P
*A moment of calm amid the storm*
Because we believe in holistic updates.
Live from YRF:
The second half has Sultan getting back into action. He joins the Pro Cut Wrestling series and fights international matches and wrestlers from all over the world. All of a sudden, the film takes a 'Chak De' turn. It becomes about India and its win.
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Here's what is happening at Chandan cinemas, Juhu. #EidwithSultan
Salman Khan organised a special screening of 'Sultan' a day before its Eid release, for family and a few close friends
Live from Gaiety: 'Baby ko Bass Pasand Hai' just saw the first two rows stand up and dance! Crowd is cheering and hooting like crazy
Post interval observations from the YRF media screening:
'Sultan' is completely unlike the typical Salman movies that we have seen in the recent past. Here's a Salman character who doesn't worry about being seen as weak. Sultan is a character not just obsessed with being macho, heck he even shows his protuding tummy in the movie.
'Mithi main tera khoon' is the background score through the film. This one's going to be motivational anthem of the year!
Live from Inox, Malad: The first show of the day is done. Here's our correspondent's verdict.
'Sultan' is a typical YRF film. It has a happy ending, a conflict and a resolution. Salman is fabulous but that was expected. What really made us sit up and think is Anushka's role. Despite her lovely performance, you can't help but notice how she is his support, not his equal, she's the reason he gets back into the ring, but she doesn't wrestle anymore.
However, woh kya kehta hai? Film hit hai :)
The 'Chak De' reference you've all been waiting for!
Fans of Bollywood star Salman Khan celebrated the release of his film 'Sultan' at the Imax Wadala multiplex, in Mumbai, India on 6 July 2016. Photo from Solaris Images
Siddharth from Gaiety reports: Extra staff appointed just for today to maintain smooth movie watching experience, since it's a Salman film and the festive weekend.
Live from Inox, Malad: Randeep Hooda is brilliant. He brings up the film's spirits and also manages to shine in a Salman film. Great acting.
It's interval point at the YRF screening and here are some observations:
Halfway into the movie, 'Sultan' is unlike any other Salman Khan film we have seen in the recent past. This one has every possibility of being the best bhai film we have seen in the longest time.
If this your apology for 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo', Salman, then apology accepted. :)
Anushka does have an equal and important role, inspite of the plot showing otherwise. Yes, the movie has some problematic dialogues that paint Sultan to be an MCP, but that it there because of the context and setting of the film.
Sultan is no doubt going to be the biggest Eid blockbuster ever, until and unless they ruin the second half.
Our producer Siddharth Aalambayan goes live from Gaiety cinemas in Bandra, on Facebook. Check out his live video, covering the buzz around 'Sultan' before the movie begins!
Live from YRF: All her life, Aarfa trained to win at the Olympics. After she gets married to Sultan, she give it up because of pregnancy. Our correspondent almost cried when she tells her father that it's alright because Sultan is her gold. *cue drama*
While Anushka saying this looks extremely patriarchal, and it depicts a society where women give up their dreams for marriage, Sultan, the movie, portrays this in the sweetest possible manner.
Love does trump all in YRF's universe.
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Live from YRF screening: While Anushka puts up a great show, she's not convincing enough as an athelete. She wins the rounds but looks weak.
Was Sultan leaked online a day before its release? Several news reports on Wednesday, 6 July, said that Salman Khan starrer may have been leaked online a day before its release.
Check out what fans are upto on 'Sultan Day'
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If you're watching 'Sultan' FDFS, look out for Salman's nephew 'Ahil'
Despite the very obvious double meaning *winkwink* 'Baby ko Bass Pasand Hai' is a fun, colourful song and it won't be long before this becomes a major sangeet number.
Our prediction of the film #Whathesaid
Meanwhile, the verdict from YRF is here: Salman and Anushka pull off their Haryanvi accent quite convincingly.
Live from Inox, Malad: Here is our correspondent's key observation during the Interval
'Sultan' is a typical YRF film in a way, as love is the reason for everything that happens in the film.
A little birdie tells us that Sultan only wants a boy child, and Aarfa lectures him about the importance of gender awareness.
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It's understandable when you hear people hooting outside a single screen theatre, but it's an altogether different scene when you hear whistles during Salman's entry at a private media screening at Yash Raj Films.
Salman-mania knows no boundaries, clearly!
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Like Milaap Zaveri says, 'Sultan' is going to be a box-office smasher. Patriarchy be damned.
Sultan and Aarfa's love story may be a tad problematic.
First he sees her (Aarfa), then he stalks her, then he calls her his girlfriend, she gets annoyed at first, but then gives in. What follows is a story about wrestling that is peppered with marriage and pregnancy. Looks like they're following the 'Haseena Maan Jayegi' model. 10:03(IST)
However, can it be a Salman film without a slight dose of patriarchy?
Overheard in 'Sultan', Salman at Blood Donation camp run by Aarfa, "Chhori lugayi bani nahin, khoon choosne bhi lagi hai"
If it's a Salman Khan film, can you expect the songs to be any less crazy?
Our correspondent from Inox, Malad tells us 'Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai' and '440 volts' are both over the top, with flashy clothes and crazy lyrics!
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We will be going live from Gaiety cinemas in Bandra, Mumbai, first day first show! Watch this space for updates
Here's some dope on the film before you watch it: Sultan (Salman Khan) became a wrestler for Aarfa (Anushka). He wanted to impress her. #lovewins
If this is true then 'Sultan' will be a big film for more than one reason! *wishfulthinking*
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Salman's co-stars react to 'Sultan'
Okay Anushka Sharma just entered the screen. While Sultan is running after a kite, he bumps into Aarfa, who is on a bike.
She immediately gets into her 'kushti' avatar. By which we mean, she beats Salman up with a helmet!
Way to go Aarfa!
Damn right, Taran. #EidwithSultan
Karan Johar and Kabir Khan tweet their two cents about the film
Because it's all about loving your family?
Dia Mirza and Riteish Deshmukh speak about 'Sultan'
Aaaand here we go!
First Day First Show at a Inox, Inorbit Mall, Malad (suburban Mumbai) begins as early as 9 am, and as expected fans started to cheer as soon as Bhai entered the frame. Salman entered an 'akhaada' and pinned his opponent down, and lo and behold, more cheers!
Check out audiences going crazy during Salman Khan's last film, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'!
Welcome to 'Sultan' Day and Eid Mubarak everyone! As audiences on social media respond to Salman Khan's film first day first show, Firstpost will track and compile reactions for your eyes only. We also have three correspondents watching the show at various intervals through this day.
Watch this space for all the updates and live reviews of 'Sultan'!
It's Eid, and Salman Khan-starrer
Sultan is here. First and foremost, Eid Mubarak everyone! Given that the advance booking for Sultan has been off the hook, with ticket sales starting from this Sunday, 3 July, this Eid is all set to be a record-breaker for Bhai. Forbes reports that is being released on as many as 4,200 screens in India and 1,200 screens in the rest of the world. Most trade analysts have predicted that the opening day can gather close to 45 crores in the box office, and a lifetime collection of up to 300 crores. Sultan
The first look of Salman Khan in 'Sultan'. Image Credit: @BeingSalmanKhan
Sultan is the story of the rise and fall of a wrestling legend Sultan Singh. Hailing from Haryana, his path crosses Aarfa, played by Anushka Sharma, who is also a wrestler. Sultan then makes his journey from a kushti wrestler to an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter. The buzz around the film is immense.
With Aamir Khan releasing the poster of his film
Dangal merely two days before the release of Sultan, audiences are curious to know what the film has in store for Salman fans as well as audiences across the globe.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar explains in
this interview with India Today about having Salman play a character like Sultan. "What I did was logically guided his star power into Sultan. People like him without a shirt. So I was like, okay, then let's make him a wrestler. He is shirtless plus wearing a langot. But it is not a gimmick. There is a justification. He looks the fittest he can. Also when a wrestler leaves his physical activity, he gets into a certain body size. So you see him heavy as well," he said.
In this live blog, we will be tracking how the film fares on day one, before the reviews are out. Since it is a Salman Khan film, keeping with his global reach, our correspondents will be visiting a single screen theatre in Bandra (Gaiety cinemas is known for their craze for
bhai), a press screening by Yash Raj Films and a first day first show at a suburban multiplex, to find out how audiences all over are reacting to Sultan.