“He (Salman) was not laid back at all. On paper he knew he can’t afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine” said Ali.
The Bajrangi Bhaijaan star had to alter his weight from 100 kgs and then as per the instructions of Ali, he came down to 90 kgs and then to 82 kgs.“At the age of 50 to do all this within six to eight months takes a lot of hard work” he said.
Apparently Sultan is the first sports film that Salman has done in his career.“This is Salman’s first sports film and you do make some changes keeping his personality in mind. We wanted to make Sultan with him only. Whatever changes happened, it happened on the sets not on script level,” he said.
Sultan required him to wear “langots”, considering the fact that he plays a wrestler.The Gunday helmer reveals that Salman was initially shy to wear a langot.“He is a very shy guy. He is very conscious about his body. He is the poster boy for everyone in the gym. Salman Khan is the bible of body building,” he added.
When Ali narrated the story to Salman he knew in 40-50 percent of the film he will be seen in langot.
“He (Salman) had to wear it as it is the demand of the character. If you are a wrestler you have to wear it and get into the mud pit,” he said.
“He was avoiding wearing it for the longest time. We asked the coach to tell him to wear langot... He got convinced that his guru has told him to do so,” he added.
On the day of beginning the shoot, Salman was not willing to wear langot as there were 6,000 people.
“He (Salman) was feeling shy to come out. I convinced him.Then later he was feeling so hot that he liked wearing the langot,” Ali said.
But when Salman saw the shot (with langot) he joked about it saying he is the first male actor to wear a bikini,” he added. Also starring Anushka Sharma in the lead, Sultan produced by Yash Raj Films releases this Eid.