We Indian women are mostly very good at cooking skills. If we think we messed up at a recipe, we add some obvious spices to make its taste better and hype its garnishing.
( But that doesnt make it better in an eye of a good food critic ..i.e Master chef Australia : Matt Preston)
That’s what have happened with Sultan. Trying to make a better entertaining and emotionally appealing film, it has become an epitome of typical Indian masculine psyche.
Mostly I am disappointed because Anushka (considering her feminist stance in Public and which reflects in her choice of movies like NH 10) signed up for this idiocy.
Anushka plays Aarfa, a young girl who has been training for years as a wrestler, because she dreams of bringing home an Olympic gold for India. So much so that, when she notices the neighbourhood wagabond showering attention on her with nuptial intent, she categorically tells him that she has one focus only – wrestling. Not surprisingly, Salman’s Sultan, his roadside male ego in tow, seems to spot consent in her rebuke.
Soon enough, Sultan (who is in his 30s) takes up wrestling only because his masculinity was hurt. He excels at it (obviously- considering he is Salman Khan), which instantly turns Anushka’s heart….??!! Before long, they’re married. Meanwhile, Sultan is convinced that he will have a male child,how do you justify that? Aarfa discovers she’s pregnant around the same time she receives a letter confirming her selection for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Her father (who also happens to be her coach) blames *her* for the pregnancy. Then Aarfa, a girl who has spent blood, sweat, tears and years chasing her Olympic medal dream, takes one look at an overjoyed Sultan exulting after the news of her pregnancy, before she says to her distraught father, ‘What greater medal could I get than this..!!!.(A woman’s job is to bear children to her man)
- Sultan, a no-gooder with barely a few months of training, win an Olympic gold for India in wrestling….!!??? Not only is that irrationally idiotic, it’s also downright disrespectful to anyone who has won an Olympic gold.
- A young aspiring athlete’s Years of ambition, thrown away in the most depressingly regressive way possible. (Heard about family planning?Discuss with your spouse?)
- It’s also shamefully patriarchal, misogynistic and unabashedly propagating the same kind of ‘no means yes’ behavior.( If a girl says no I am not interested, somewhere in her heart n mind there is an obvious “Yes”!!!????)
Sultan repeatedly glorifies all that has been identified as problematic in the messages around gender that our cinema gives out.
But When you see Mary Komm of Priyanka Chopra, You realize its not over. You can raise above everything and still fetch your dreams. Marry Komm’s self-revelation and struggle to excel starts where Arfa’s end.
Greenery in Gujarat (sasan gir) home of Lions
Photos taken on 26th March 2016