Shah Rukh Khan's victorious return to the starring roles after a lengthy absence of more than 4 years was made possible by Pathaan, the fourth entry in Yash Raj Film's spy universe. The King Khan-starring Siddharth Anand production has now established itself as one of Bollywood's most commercially successful recent works. Siddharth Anand, the director of Pathaan, explained how Shah Rukh Khan joined the project in a chat as the movie is being praised for truly breaking Bollywood's dry period.
It was previously claimed that Shah Rukh Khan was someone who filmmaker Siddharth has long wished to collaborate with on a pure action movie. The film's plot was created a few years ago by the director, who had the title Pathaan on his mind for a very long time. He pitched the idea to director Aditya Chopra, who adopted it right away and decided to incorporate it into his spy universe. Anand and Chopra, on the other hand, were doubtful whether Shah Rukh Khan was ready for a comeback.
Later, during one of their informal meetings, Aditya Chopra decided to tell SRK about the matter and wanted to see whether he was prepared first. "So, Adi went to him and met him, because they are very close friends. He just went to suss it out - what Shah Rukh Khan's headspace is. Not to really offer the film - but just to meet him and chat with him. And he just realized that energy he gave Adi was that he is open to it," Siddharth Anand recalled.
"So Adi narrated to him the idea of the film. And Shah Rukh Khan instantly said 'Yes, I'm on'. And I remember, I was out with some friends and Adi called me and said 'I've just left him and he is doing the film'. I'm like - What - I started shaking and was like, he said Yes? Then Adi said, we are doing it immediately after War and I just couldn't believe it. I was with some friends, and I told them 'Can you imagine? Shah Rukh Khan is doing my film'. I can't forget that moment, I can't forget that location, I can't forget the visuals when Adi called me and said that he is doing the film," he continued.
In the movie, Deepika Padukone plays Shah Rukh Khan's leading lady. She portrayed Dr. Rubina Mohsin, an ISI operative, in the movie. Jim, a former RAW field volunteer who turned against the nation after losing his family, was portrayed by John Abraham as the main villain. Salman Khan appeared in the movie as Tiger from the acclaimed series of the same name in a cameo appearance. The supporting cast included Dimple Kapadia, Ashutosh Rana, Prakash Belawadi, Ekta Kaul, Nikhat Khan, and others.