Aditya Chopra approached Shah Rukh Khan about working on an action film.
The Bollywood star thanked Aditya for fulfilling his promise with Pathaan ‘after 30 years.’
He also revealed that he wanted to be in an action movie at the time.
Shah Rukh Khan has revealed that filmmaker Aditya Chopra approached him about collaborating on an action film before Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
Shah Rukh stated that he, too, wanted to be in an action film at the time, but Aditya narrated the DDLJ script to him. Shah Rukh Khan has now thanked Aditya for fulfilling his promise with Pathaan ‘after 30 years’.
Shah Rukh said, “We were shooting for Darr and during the shoot all of us – Pam aunty, Adi, Juhi, we used to play Scrabble at night. From the entire unit, I was very close to Adi, as we were of the same age and we had a good understanding. I have always been very fond of Adi. One day, it was Adi’s birthday, and he asked me if I will do a film and I said ‘I would love to do it’. And then he narrated something where I would be an action hero. Because I was doing Darr as well, I also got excited about it.”
He added, “Then 3-4 years later, he called and said I am coming to narrate an action film. I really wanted to play an action hero because no one was offering me that genre. So, it was my dream to do an action film – where I am wearing a white vest, I have a great body, there’s blood, I am with a girl, holding a gun. Then Adi came and narrated the film to me in Mehboob studio – That film was Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
Shah Rukh continued, “I was like ismein action kahan hai (Where is the action in this)?! I called Yash ji and asked him what has happened to Adi? What has he narrated saying it’s an action film?’. Then Adi said we will do it next. But then we did Dil Toh Pagal Hai. That also did well, but we never did the action. In fact, he narrated to me one more some four years ago too. Then when they came last, Adi told me that he will come with Sid, and narrate the first 15 mins.”
Shah Rukh concluded, “They came, narrated the script and left. I was sitting with my manager – Pooja [Dadlani]. I told her ‘Adi is lying. He will not make an action film’. But I really really thank him that after 30 years, he fulfilled his promise and made Pathaan with me. Today, in Maratha Mandir, our DDLJ is going on and so is Pathaan. So, I am very happy that Adi kept his promise. And I am happier that with Pathaan, I have proven it to Adi that I can do action as well. I hope Adi takes me in more action films.”
Pathaan, Shah Rukh’s latest film, has grossed $729 million worldwide in just ten days.
According to Yash Raj Films (YRF), the Siddharth Anand-directed film earned 14 crore nett on Saturday in India (13.50 crore in Hindi, 50 lakh in dubbed versions), bringing the domestic gross collection to 453 crore in ten days.
The film has earned 276 crore in overseas territories. The total global gross collection is 729 crore.
Pathaan becomes the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time in just 10 days!” According to a press release from the studio.
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