If Shahrukh doesn’t announce it on his twitter, it’s not definitely happening. So this is not a “this is happening!” post. This is a “let’s talk about the implications of people rumoring this is happening” post.
Yash Raj likes to do this thing where they have someone from the PR department “leak” a very carefully crafted statement about a project they have in development. And then they just sort of sit back and wait to see how people jump, and then alter the project or drop it or accelerate it based on how folks react.
I don’t know-know this of course. But boy these “anonymous sources” sound rehearsed and specific. And half the time the stuff they talk about doesn’t end up happening. Only reason I can think for the PR department to put out a planned leak is to see what the response might be to the thing they are leaking.
I love YRF, and I know y’all do to, so let’s help them! DCIB will happily be their focus group and give opinions on whether or not this project should happen, and if so, how it should happen.
It’s a massy title which sees SRK play the most heroic character of his career. The actor has been on the hunt to do an action film for a while now and Siddharth Anand offered him exactly what he was looking for. The character is rooted, earthy, larger-than-life, it’s heroic, it’s stylish and has the swag to pull off the big scale action. Just like SRK played the titular role of Don and Raees, likewise, this time around, it’s time to play a Pathan. Watch out, it’s Shah Rukh Khan in and as Pathan. It’s a meaty role, which is the primary reason for DP to sign on for the film. Even Pathan will be a part of YRF at 50 slate, and will be announced alongside Salman Khan’s Tiger 3. An announcement is expected to be made within next month and a half, taking the film industry by storm. Aditya Chopra is the only producer who can announce a film with Salman and Shah Rukh on the same day.”
“The pre-production work is going on in full swing, with the action board, shooting spots, character traits being discussed on a day to day basis on video calls. Shah Rukh Khan is all set to commence shoot for his massiest character till date by end of this year. He was to commence shooting for Rajkumar Hirani’s social drama first, but Hirani being Hirani, is taking time to complete his script and it’s a long way to go before he starts the pre-production. The Hirani film will arrive only in the second half of 2022 now,” the source shared.https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/breaking-shah-rukh-khan-starrer-pathan-go-floors-november-2020-uk-rajkumar-hiranis-film-2022/ and https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-shah-rukh-khan-pathan-siddharth-anands-next-reunites-deepika-padukone/
So, Shahrukh in a massy action film directed by Siddharth Anand co-starring Deepika produced by Adi (which probably means written by him too) titled “Pathan”. How do we feel about this? Yes or no? Do we have notes?
Shahrukh in massy action could be good, a nice way for him to ease back into working without all the pressure of another romance. Sid A makes me a little nervous, because on the one hand Bang Bang and War, and on the other hand Ta Ra Rum Pum. Deepika and Shahrukh are okay together, and most likely it will be a fun light role for her, so that’s good for her. Not necessarily for us, Sid A tends to have pretty weak female parts. YRF is trying to see how we feel about that by indicating it is a “meaty role”. Yes Sid A! If it is a Shahrukh movie, bring that strong female role for us!
The title is what I like most, DON’T CHANGE THE TITLE YRF!!!! “Pathan” calls back to the border north Indian identity, and is immediately iconic and perfect feeling for an SRK hero. Most importantly, Shahrukh in Pathani suits is a little bit of heaven.