Salman Khan’s latest blockbuster ‘Sultan’ has an unexpected cheerleader in Chhattisgarh.
‘Highly impressed’ with the wrestling-themed film, a block education officer (BEO) in Gaurela in Bilaspur district has issued a notification to all school principals in the block to show the movie to students.
But BEO K L Kujur’s ‘excitement’ with the movie has nothing to do with supporting academics.
“Sultan offers entertainment and inspiration,” the BEO’s notification said.
A local school principal who did not wished to be named, told HT that the BEO perhaps wanted to motivate children to take up a sport like wrestling.
The official circular issued by Kujur, a copy of which HT has accessed, cited Sultan as ‘quality entertainment’ movie and instructed the heads of schools — from primary to higher secondary in Gaurela block — to show the movie to the students.
Kujur also mentioned the name of local theatre – Annapurna - where the film is now being screened. The order said that the students should see the film from July 30 to August 4 and he even fixed the rates of the tickets. Every primary and middle school children needs to pay Rs 20 and the students of higher classes will buy the ticket at Rs 30 each, according to the notification.
Kujur’s directive has taken even his boss - district education officer Hemant Upadhya, by surprise. Upadhya and said that he would inquire about it.