Pathaan and SRK’s crossed fingers

Pathaan is an upcoming Hindi-language spy action-thriller written and directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films.Starring Shah Rukh Khan, in his comeback to cinema after a 5 year hiatus, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.

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Pathaan is an upcoming Hindi-language spy action-thriller written and directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Aditya Chopra under his banner Yash Raj Films.Starring Shah Rukh Khan, in his comeback to cinema after a 5 year hiatus, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. It is the fourth instalment in the YRF Spy Universe. Salman Khan reprises his role as Tiger in an extended cameo appearance.

Bollywood is reeling under the clutches of South surge and it is experiencing shocks when its top stars’ films are bombing at the box office. All eyes are on Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming entertainer Pathan. Shah Rukh Khan is coming after a long hibernation following the debacle of Zero. 

“Pathan” is an intriguing action thriller production from Bollywood’s Badshah, returning with another fascinating movie. King Khan was seen outside the Yash Raj Studios, indicating that the film would be another powerful smash. The most recent film this actor appeared in was Ero Zero, released in 2018. Since then, all Shah Rukh Khan fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of the Shah Rukh Khan flick.

The story goes like this: In his young age, Shah Rukh Khan’s parents are assassinated by mysterious attackers. Pathaan grew furious for vengeance and vowed to track them down and brutally slay them. These people travel to Kabul to save Afghanistan after the world’s most heinous demon, who lives in America, takes the initiative in destroying Muslims in Afghanistan.

The government continues to attempt to convert the residents from barbarism to civilization, which the Indian Constitution strongly supports, and intends to begin a task by which the people and eventual fate of Afghanistan can adapt, but only at the insistence of “ISI” and “ISIS” will this Pathan crew attempt to expand that mission.

Pre-Review

“Pathaan is a true-blue theatrical event film, and the trailer will be a hint of why it warrants a big screen watch. It presents SRK in a manner that a superstar warrants – be prepared for some larger-than-life moments and confrontations between Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham, who plays the antagonist,” according to one person familiar with the movie which releases on January 25.

Pathaan is touted to be one of India’s biggest action spectacles till date and is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe, which kicked off with Ek Tha Tiger in 2012 followed by Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) and War (2019). Being the fourth film of the universe, it also marks the inception point for the crossover of characters from one film to the other, which eventually leads to a big ticket multi-starrer finale.

Salman Khan has an extended cameo in Pathaan, in his avatar of iconic spy, Tiger aka. Avinash Singh Rathore. The spy universe then continues with the release of Tiger 3 starring Salman with Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi during the Diwali 2023 weekend. The film will see an extended appearance from Shah Rukh Khan as Pathaan.

The stunts are choreographed innovatively and cinematography is rich in visuals and the film is shot in a lavish manner in various countries. Dialogues are loaded with patriotic flavour. While the songs are full of romantic flavour, the trailer is loaded with patriotic flavor. The film also stars Salman Khan in a special role but the makers kept it a secret.

Production

Principal photography of the film began on  November 17; 2020 in Mumbai.In January 2021, filming moved to Dubai. Some of the major action sequences including a long chase sequence were shot in the same schedule.On  April 12; 2021, after some crew members of the film tested positive for COVID-19, further schedules of the film were postponed. The filming resumed on 25 June 2021. Later, in July 2021, another schedule of the film began. A song was scheduled to be shot from  October 7; 2021 in Mallorca and Cádiz, but the schedule was postponed.

In February 2022, production moved to Spain to shoot action sequences including Khan, Padukone, and Abraham. Filming then took place in Mallorca and Cádiz. The Spain schedule was completed in March 2022, with the Mumbai schedule completed in Yash Raj Studios as the film wrapped. In October 2022, reshoots and additional scenes were completed. The film was shot in multiple locations across India, Afghanistan, Spain, UAE, Turkey, Russia, Italy and France.

Budget : 
Even though we have yet to get an official declaration about the film’s budget, reports suggest that Pathan will have a budget of over 250 crores. 

Besharam Rang song controversy

While the song has quite a catchy tune, with Shilpa Rao’s enchanting voice perfectly complementing Vishal and Shekhar’s music, and both Deepika and Shah Rukh Khan look absolutely glamorous, the song is being trolled for its choreography and Deepika’s clothes, specifically a saffron-coloured bikini. Apparently, the choice of using saffron-coloured swimwear is hurting the religious sentiments of some people. The title of the song, which can roughly be translated to ‘shameless colour’, has also become a sore point for these people as they are equating it to the saffron colour that Deepika wears in the video.

Due to the controversy, there have been calls to get the song banned from the movie Pathaan. An advocate has even filed a written complaint with the Information & Broadcasting Ministry for the same.

Name of movie: Pathaan
Release: (January 25)  At Theatres
Star cast: Shah Rukh Khan as Pathaan, a RAW field agent; Deepika Padukone; John Abraham as Jim; Ashutosh Rana as Colonel Sunil Luthra; Gautam Rode; Dimple Kapadia; Siddhant Ghegadmal;  Shaji Choudhary; Gavie Chahal as Captain Abrar; Salman Khan as Avinash Singh “Tiger” Rathore (cameo appearance)

Director:    Siddharth Anand

Producer:   Aditya Chopra
Writer:   Siddharth Anand
Music:   Vishal-Shekhar
Production House:   Yash Raj Films.