Wrestling champ Sangram Singh is exceedingly happy with what [tooltip id="c1b465420d07c688942ed18eadfd9f92" keyword_color="#000000" background_color="#ffffff"][tooltip id="4db8f5608d45f5de7881d9bce162f4bf"]Salman Khan">[/tooltip][/tooltip] has done to the wrestler’s fraternity in Sultan
Says Sangram enthusiastically, “With this one film wrestling has acquired a kind of national recognition that it never had. Issko kehte hain star power. Sultan is highly motivational. Many times while watching the film I felt that was me up there struggling as a wrestler. I’ve been down and out , just like Salman’s Sultan. There was a time when I was in a wheelchair and I was told, forget wrestling I’d be unable to walk.”
Sangram loves the never-say-die spirit displayed by Sultan. “That Never-Give-Up attitude, etc,that’s me.Many who saw the film said seeing Salmanji reminded them of me.”
However there were certain scenes and events in Sultan that Sangram found hard to believe. “Kuch cheezenunbelievable tha.After winning Olympic Gold and becoming a World Champion Sultan is shown collecting chanda(funds) of 10-20 rupees. Nevertheless this is Salmanji’s best performance to date. Anushkaji has also given a good performance.”
Most importantly, Sangram feels Sultan will popularize wrestling. “Just as hockey got a boost after Chak De I feelSultan will take wrestling from the akhada to living rooms and stadiums in the cities.Now we’ve Aamir Khanji also coming up soon with a film on wrestling. So it is a good time for wrestling in this country.”
Sangram is happy to see indigenous sports getting their dues. “For too long cricket and football were the only celebrated games in India. Now kabaddi and wrestling which are so linked to the Indian ethos are also being recognized. I am very happy.”
Wouldn’t Sangram have wanted to play Sultan?
“No! Audiences would not have come to see me on screen.Woh Salmanji ka jalwa hai jo wrestling wali film itnizabardast hit bana gayi,” says Sangram.