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Farhan Akhtar reacts to Toofaan being compared to Salman Khan's Sultan, explains differences

Farhan Akhtar said that he isn't disturbed by the audience drawing similarities between his upcoming film Toofaan, and the 2016 Salman Khan-starrer Sultan...

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Toofaan has been raising the storm across the globe with its first of a kind virtual multi-city tours and interacting with sportsmen from across the country. Fans have been eagerly waiting for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s sports drama ‘Toofan’ starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead roles.

During a recent interview, the actor said that he isn't disturbed by the audience drawing similarities between his upcoming film Toofaan, and the 2016 Salman Khan-starrer Sultan.

For the uninitiated, Toofaan and Sultan are sports dramas about down-and-out athletes who make a comeback.

Speaking to RJ Siddharth Kannan, Farhan Akhtar was asked if the comparisons 'disturb' him. To which the 47-year-old actor said that even though there might be similarities in the structure of the two films, the journeys of the two characters are very different.

Explaining the difference between the two movies Farhan said that broadly speaking, any sportsperson who defies all odds to make a comeback can fall in this category. Toofaan, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, is slated for a July 16 release on Amazon Prime Video.

"I don't get disturbed at all. The fact is people will discover what this film is about when they see it. When we announced we were making a film about boxing, people said we're ripping off Rocky. Now that they've seen the trailer, they think we've ripped off Sultan. And that is completely understandable. There may be elements of the structure that are similar, in terms of somebody who is good at what he did, lost it all, and had to get it back. But that story is so common of so many people. Say somebody succeeded in any other sport, cricket for example... Somebody may have got injured, went out, and came back and made it to the national team... You can say they have exactly the same story, but their journeys are never the same," Farhan said.

He further added, "Who they are as people, how they react to things, what it is that compelled them to be there in the first place, what compelled them to go back are completely different things. No two people have the same journey."

Completely dedicating himself from ground zero in boxing, the producer cum ace actor transformed himself in a way that is just unbelievable and his preparation - unmissable! 

Toofaan is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan Akhtar, the sports drama is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film is all set to premiere worldwide on 16 July, 2021 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in English and Hindi.

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