Following Pathaan's massive success, Shridhar Raghavan feels he can only take credit for a portion of the action drama starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham. The Hindi film is part of the larger Yash Raj Films spy universe. The film has piqued the interest of fans. It is so because it connects Pathaan to characters from War (2019) and the Tiger franchise.
Shridhar also wrote the screenplay for War. He revealed that he worked with director Siddharth Anand and producer Aditya Chopra to develop the story and characters in the film. Pathaan's involvement was greater because he was on board with the project from the start.
The writer said in an interview that the characters of Pathaan, Tiger, and War universes could return and interact in future films. He stated, "The idea is to have a set of adventures of characters who we've already created. They would be Tiger, Kabir, Pathaan, Zoya, and Rubai. The idea is to create even further characters. The idea is to go back. You might think this character is done and dusted. But we've got a couple of surprises there in terms of what we intend to do with some characters you saw in some earlier stuff. We just want to have fun with these guys."
He added, "Once you create lots of characters, you play them off, you play around with them. You don't have to be restricted in the genre by spectacle every time. You can also make a small, intimate spy film. You can also make a thrilling, gritty spy film. You can make a grand, lavish spectacle spy film. Language is no barrier. All spies don't have to come from Delhi and Bombay. You can have it across the country. The sky's your limit. I think this thing that Adi sir's creating will go way beyond me."
Shridhar went on to say that a few projects involving him and other writers were already in the works. Most of the characters have backstories. And they could return in some form or another in future films.
Pathaan, which was released worldwide on January 25, will surpass the 350 crore mark in India in less than a week. The film also marked Shah Rukh's return to the big screen after a four-year absence. His most recent appearance was in Aanand L Rai's Zero (2018).