Salman Khan's mega blockbuster Sultan (2016) has set the stage for its release in China by winning the prestigious Best Action Movie award at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial is the first Indian film to win this award.
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Within the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week focuses on a selection of the best in action, special effects, and performances by action stars from China and the Asia Pacific. Action from the region is emulated globally on film and TV. Given that a combination of judge assessment and audience vote at the festival decides the winners, Sultan’s wide appeal and impressive action has won over international audiences.
Prakash Gupta, Consul General of India, Shanghai, accepted this award on behalf of Yash Raj Films.
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Director Ali Abbas Zafar expressed his gratitude and said, “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 its 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.”
He even went on to tweet about the same.
Sultan wins the best action film at Shanghai international film festival, first Indian film to ever win prestigious Jackie Chan award. pic.twitter.com/2VpFDov8S9— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) June 24, 2017
In 2016, the Best Action Movie award was given to IP Man 3, a cult Chinese action franchise that is popular worldwide. Sultan also received a standing ovation during screenings at the esteemed Busan International Film Festival.
Sultan will be the third Indian film to release in China this year after Dangal (2016) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017). Salman's latest release Tubelight is also in talks for a release in China, but there isn’t any confirmation on that yet.
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Interestingly, Chinese government allows only 34 international films to be screened across the nation in a calendar year. Now, let's see if Sultan manages to make huge collection records in China like Baahubali 2 and Dangal.
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