The ‘Pathaan’ (2023) fever is refusing to bow down and the movie is minting money at the box-office with each passing day. Shah Rukh Khan’s movie has breathed life into single screen theatres in India. Filmmaker Siddharth Anand truly believed that there’d be only one man in the film industry to own the name of his recent hit.
Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’ is going strong on 12 days after its release on January 25. The movie has sent cash registers ringing and broken several records. Looks like the entire team does not know when the celebrations will really end. While Deepika Padukone has resumed work and flew down to film for ‘Fighter’ alongside Hrithik Roshan, the rest of the cast and crew is basking in all the love. Director Siddharth during a recent interview revealed to Anupama Chopra how he had registered the title of Pathaan many years back. The filmmaker went on to say, “I had spoken to Shah Rukh, even if I never make this title is yours. Whenever you make a film and you want to call it ‘Pathaan’, it’s yours. Because there’s only one ‘Pathaan‘ for me in the industry.”
Clearly, the Siddharth is overwhelmed by all the appreciation that he has received for the movie. The director however feels, “You cannot make a film like Pathaan if you don’t have every element of universe on your side.”
Pathaan at the box-office
The SRK-Deepika starrer went on to hit Rs 500 crore mark in India, while making a whopping Rs 800+ crore plus overall. The movie’s stupendous success meant that Bollywood was back in a celebratory mood after a lull 2022. Industry insiders are glad that King Khan’s mega hit will pave way for more success. The movie also proves that fans are still willing to be entertained in movie halls.
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Producer and owner of Martha Mandir cinema chain in Mumbai about the success of ‘Pathaan’. Manoj said, “I’m running Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995) from last 28 years and ‘Pathaan‘ for last two weeks and I am so happy.” He went on to add, “Bollywood has come back with this film. Till now Shah Rukh Khan has come as a action hero and which has been appreciated by the public.”
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He is known as Badshah of Bollywood and King Khan. SRK has earned from himself many names. ‘Pathaan’ seems like the newest title that will stick with the star.