EXCLUSIVE: 'Pathaan was planned even before War teaser came out'- reveals director Siddharth Anand

Pathaan director Siddharth Anand opened up about developing the idea of making the film with Shah Rukh Khan, and revealed that it was planned before War came out.

Updated on Feb 04, 2023   |  12:27 AM IST  |  110.4K
Siddharth Anand, Pathaan, War, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan
Siddharth Anand directed War and Pathaan, the two most successful films in YRF's spy universe.

Pathaan, the recently released Shah Rukh Khan starrer has emerged as one of the biggest box-office successes of Hindi cinema in recent times. Siddharth Anand, the talented filmmaker established himself as the most bankable director of the current lot, with the blockbuster outing. As you may know, this is Siddharth's second outing in the YRF spy universe, after the 2019-released blockbuster War, which featured Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in the lead roles.

In his EXCLUSIVE chat with Pinkvilla, Siddharth Anand opened up about developing the idea of Pathaan and revealed that it happened even much before the release of War. Read excerpts from the interview here...

Pathaan was planned even before the War teaser came out

In his interview with Pinkvilla, Siddharth Anand revealed that he always had the desire to make an out-and-out action film with Shah Rukh Khan. He also added that he had the idea of Pathaan with him, for a very long time. However, the film was not planned after the massive success of War, but it fell in place even much before the teaser of Hrithik Roshan's film came out. 

"This happened just before War was released. We were doing the post-production of War, and this is just before even the teaser had come out. War came out in October 2019, and this (planning Pathaan) happened around June and July of the same year. Early July is when I told Aditya Chopra that this is what I want to do next and that we should approach Shah Rukh Khan now. Because, I know he was looking for a film at this point in time and why not, just take a chance? We can talk to him with this, we have a broad story, and once he's on, we'll just adapt it to him," revealed Siddharth Anand as he recalled the entire process.

Watch Pinkvilla's EXCLUSIVE interview with Pathaan director Siddharth Anand, below:

About Pathaan

Pathaan, which is the fourth installment in YRF's spy universe, features Shah Rukh Khan as the titular character, an orphan who grows up to become one of the finest RAW field officers in the country. Deepika Padukone appeared as the leading lady, ISI agent Rubina Mohsin in the film. John Abraham played the much-loved antagonist Jim, the former RAW field officer who turns negative after a personal tragedy. In a recent press meet, the Pathaan team confirmed that the project will get a sequel in the future.


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Feb 06, 2023
war was perfect movie