Actor Shah Rukh Khan will be at odds with John Abraham in their upcoming action movie, Pathaan. Amid the rumors of their real tiff, Shah Rukh recently opened up about working with John. He revealed how John refused to hit him during the shoot, calling him a “national treasure.” Read also: John Abraham writes note about Pathaan amid reports that ‘all is not well’ between him and Shah Rukh Khan
Pathaan, directed by Siddharth Anand, stars Shah Rukh as a soldier named Pathaan, who ends his ‘break’ when he is called upon to fight a terrorist group led by John Abraham. Deepika Padukone joins Shah Rukh in his mission.
Speaking of the film, in a chat shared on Yash Raj Film’s YouTube account, Shah Rukh shared his thoughts on John playing a negative role. He remembered how he has known John ever since he moved to Mumbai and became friends. Shah Rukh described him as ‘shy, very quiet and withdrawn’ and said he would like to see John in Pathaan.
“I met him many times when he was making a movie or we wanted to make a movie together and this happened by chance. I was really excited for him to do it and he was kind enough to do a part where he’s really a bad guy. He’s a top star. He has his own franchises and he’s done these really cool action movies and to decide to do a movie where he’s a bad guy, you know, that takes a lot of guts,” he added. Shah Rukh also shared while most actors refuse to play antagonists in movies, John is different. “You need a lot of confidence in yourself, especially when I see the screenplay in the Hindi movie. Heroes don’t play bad guys. I would like to play a villain. I gained deep respect for him.”
“It was fun working with him, so I realized he’s a gentle giant. You know when we rallied and stuff. He says… he called me a national treasure and said, ‘I won’t give you any hurt.’ I said you can do it it’s ok he’s very shy and I had to put a lot of effort into telling him it’s ok you can hit me and I won’t get hurt I think he’s so adept at action He really helped me look good, you know, in body language. It was really nice of him. I think when you do a movie with a co-star like John, there’s a lot to learn from him. The star that he is and the respect he has for me,” said the superstar. He signed off with these words: “I hope that when Pathaan comes out, one of the most loved characters really belongs to John. I really wish it because it takes a lot of guts to do what he has done as an actor and as a star,” Shah Rukh shared his work experience with John in their first film together.
Previously, reports suggested that things were not going well between John and Shah Rukh. Reportedly, John was angry about Pathaan’s last part, which may have strained his comparison to Shah Rukh. What fueled the rumors was John’s appearance at an event where he dodged a question about Shah Rukh Khan’s physique in Pathaan. Later John wrote a note about Pathaan.
Pathaan will be released on January 25.