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Revealed! How Anushka Sharma prepared for 'Sultan'

When I read the script of 'Sultan', I knew my role would require a lot of energy and effort because it would mean learning a whole new sport — wrestling — and then I had to train my body to look like a wrestler, says Anushka Sharma

Anushka SharmaAnushka Sharma in 'Sultan'

“When I read the script of 'Sultan', I knew my role would require a lot of energy and effort because it would mean learning a whole new sport — wrestling — and then I had to train my body to look like a wrestler. Also, I had to learn a new lingo and guess what, I had less than six weeks to do all that. Those six weeks were crazy; I would be training in the morning, shooting in Film City and then coming back to Yash Raj studios for more training. I was not even in touch with my family. It really was exhausting and I had asked my staff to keep me away from whatever was happening, because, one, I was too exhausted and two, I wanted to focus. It is a novelty to see a female wrestler on screen and when I was chosen to play the role, a lot of people were skeptical and wondered if I could play the part. I am tall, but not a big person as one would perceive a wrestler to be. I started researching, then Ali (Abbas Zafar, the film's director) told me that wrestlers need not necessarily be big; they come in different weight categories.”

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