Salman Khan's ‘Sultan’ wins Best Action Movie award at Shanghai Film Festival

Salman Khan’s wrestling drama ‘Sultan’, which was screened at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), has bagged the Best Action Movie award at the ongoing gala. It is the first ever Bollywood film to win the honour, as per a report in PTI.

Prakash Gupta, Consulate General of India, Shanghai, accepted the award on behalf of Yash Raj Films, the producers of ‘Sultan’. The film won the award in the Jackie Chan Action Movie week section, which focuses on a selection of the best in action, special effects, and performances by action stars from China and the Asia Pacific.

Directed by Ali Aabbas Zafar, ‘Sultan’ also starred Anushka Sharma, and was about a discarded and forgotten champion wrestler, who fights back to earn his lost glory.

Ali Abbas Zafar issued a statement saying, “We are very happy with all the love and respect we got at SIFF. Receiving an award under the action category from Jackie Chan is just super special. As a child he has been one of the most inspiring action stars for me and many Indians.

"'Sultan' is about desi, Indian wrestling and it's raw power. Amidst a selection of brilliant action films that present the most refined martial arts, the film’s win is rewarding, and reflects that a good story based in action has universal appeal," the statement added.

‘Sultan’, which released on the occasion of Eid in 2016, earned over Rs. 584 crore worldwide, becaming the seventh highest grossing Indian film of all time. It is now gearing up for its re-release in China.