Siddharth Anand on Shah Rukh, Deepika, John and the excitement for Pathaan

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Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham, is, needless to say, one of the most anticipated Hindi films to release worldwide. Yash Raj Films’ action extravaganza, Pathaan, part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe is set to hit the big screen on January 25th.

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Director Siddharth Anand, in a new and very cool video, gives some inside Pathaan scoop, including how SRK’s return to the cinemas after four years has added to the massive buzz and has fans in a bolly-tizzy.

He says, “Directing SRK is a responsibility, and it’s even greater now because of the break that he had taken, and that has created immense expectations and excitement with his audience. I am realising now, towards the end of the film into the release of the film, what and how large that fan base is.”

He also talked about working with Deepika, saying, “It’s been so exciting to see her growth and journey. And once I knew that I wanted Deepika in the film it shows on screen that we’ve been doing is fantastic.”

About the always electrifying SRK and Deepika jodi, especially in Pathaan, the director says, “Just the fact that SRK and DP have done so many films before and fortunately all of them have been really successful. So it became a challenge to see how different can they look, and so our team really worked, you know, intricately to present them in a new way. The fact that DP is looking different from her films and SRK is looking different from his films automatically makes their pairing will look fresh. So that is the approach we took, and it’s amazing. I think the audience is loving it.”

As for John, we know that the role was written specifically for him; however, in the video, he would only say it was ‘really, really exciting to see him play an out-and-out bad guy.’

Adding the battle between SRK’s Pathaan and John’s Jim is incredible, “There’s some X-factor and excitement, so watch out for it!”

Coming back to Shah Rukh Khan and his huge fan base, “It’s exciting because we know that we have hopefully made a film that they will be happy and proud of.”

To see more scoop, including talking about Vishal-Sheykhar’s epic OST, check out the video below.

Pathaan releases 25th of January, and we like you, can’t wait!

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