1. Sultan effect: Salman Khan is ‘God’ in Kanpur akhara

Sultan effect: Salman Khan is ‘God’ in Kanpur akhara

Notwithstanding the controversies and court cases around him, there is probably only one actor in the entire Bollywood who doesn't have any fan, but 'bhakts', literally

By: | Published: August 1, 2016 4:56 PM
salman-L the pehalwans of Chandu Akhara in Kanpur are seen offering prayers and ‘aarti’ to one of Salman’s older photo. (Source: ANI)

Notwithstanding the controversies and court cases around him, there is probably only one actor in the entire Bollywood who doesn’t have any fan, but ‘bhakts’, literally. Salman ‘Sultan’ Khan has long been credited to have inspired a number of Bollywood actors to hit the gym. He has even personally trained many of them. But after his latest film, the superstar’s fitness mantra has found new takers. And they are bodybuilders, who worship and perform ‘aarti’ for the ‘Sultan’ Khan who has inspired them to workout.

In an ANI video, the pehalwans of Chandu Akhara in Kanpur are seen offering prayers and ‘aarti’ to one of Salman’s older photo. A number of teenagers and children, aspiring to  become pehalwans, are also seen in the video during the worship ritual. ANI reports that the pehalwans offer prayer to Salman as the latter’s recent movie has inspired them to workout. In the film, Salman’s character makes a comeback to the ring at a very late age and workouts to emerge as a champion fighter.

Interestingly, while Salman is himself battling court cases these days, his successive films have inspired many real life stories. His last outing, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, helped in revealing the identity of a girl, who was stranded in Pakistan for over a decade. The deaf-mute girl, Geeta was discovered alone and in distress by Pakistani security forces in Lahore and she was looked after social worker Bilquis Edhi at the Edhi Foundation in Lahore for 13 years. Follwoing intervention of the Indian government, Geeta was brought back to India.

Sultan has so far grossed over Rs 500 crore worldwide and its is nearing Rs 300 crore in India alone, amid an intense competition from Rajinikanth’s Kabali.

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