Salman Khan at the trailer launch of “Sultan” in Mumbai May 24. (Manav Manglani photo)

MUMBAI — Salman Khan is gearing up for the release of his wrestling film “Sultan.” At the trailer launch of the film May 24, the superstar revealed his inner demons.

In his upcoming film “Sultan,” there is a line that says wrestling is not a sport; you are fighting what lies within you.      

When asked what is something that he’s fighting in real life, Khan said in a lighter vein, “Where do you get these questions from? How can you put me in a tight spot; this is not fair. You know what I am fighting within; I think even you are fighting the same thing within.”      

“I am fighting with myself all the time. I constantly try to up my standard a little bit. That is the only thing I keep fighting. I don’t have time to look behind. I try and take small baby steps. Whatever wrong I have done, I am trying to cut it down, and whatever good I am doing I am trying to increase that level,” the 50-year-old actor said at the trailer launch of “Sultan” here.     

In the film, Khan plays a Haryanvi wrestler named Sultan. He has not learnt the language but has tried to get the accent right.      

“I have not learnt it. The dialogues used to come, and I used to repeat it. She (co-star Anushka Sharma) learnt Haryanvi, and she speaks really well,” he said.

At that moment, Sharma interrupted and said, “We just got the accent right; we had a coach for it.”      

The makers of “Sultan” have shot some portions on real locations, but according to Khan, it is very difficult to shoot at such places.

“There is nothing better than shooting at real locations if things are controlled. But today, it is difficult to shoot at real locations, because the amount of crowd, police security is there; it’s huge, so it's difficult. So, we shot on sets and a little bit at real locations,” he said.       

The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star shot for a train sequence in Haryana, and it was quite hectic, as he had to run from morning to evening.      

“We shot the train sequence in Haryana. We shot there for one day, and they were all running shots. I got the pleasure to run with the steam engine. It was difficult to run and get the expressions right at the same time. It was a tiresome experience,” he said.      

For Khan, playing the role of Sultan was challenging.     

“It was a difficult journey. When this role was narrated to me, I felt I can do this, but, when I started doing it, the director got all real wrestlers in front of me... It was difficult,” he said.      

He described Sultan as a simple man who has no ambitions.   

“He sees a feisty girl (Sharma) and likes her and wants to marry her. But things don’t fall in place. She is a strong-headed girl... She is responsible for making him, breaking him and then again making him. This is the love story,” Khan said.

According to the “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” actor, when a person falls in life then family support is needed.      

Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Sultan” will hit cinema houses this Eid in July. 

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