Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Siddharth Anand: Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are selfless and it just showed on screen in Pathan – Exclusive Hindi Movie News – Usky News



‘Pathan’ was recently crowned as the highest-grossing Hindi film, beating ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ with its stupendous box office score. Siddharth Anand and team ‘Pathan’ hold the distinction of delivering the biggest hit post the pandemic. After achieving this feat, the director is beaming with pride. In an exclusive chat with ETimes, Siddharth Anand talks about the success, gives an update on ‘Pathan’ sequel, his experience of working with SRK and Salman Khan, keeping trolls at bay and much more. Excerpts:

What was your first reaction to Pathan surpassing the collections of Baahubali?

I was actually shooting for Fighter in Hyderabad and the moment it crossed the archive of ‘Baahubali’ messages. It was a moment we were waiting for so long, the climb from 400 cr to 515 cr is tougher and tougher, and we were just praying that the film doesn’t slow down. So, when it actually happened, there was a sense of numbness. Just during this journey, Pathan got so much love that getting the tag of ‘number 1 film’ filled our hearts.

Do you think the box office numbers put a certain pressure on the sequel?
That pressure is definitely there, I call it good pressure. It also empowers you in a way that now there are people who want to watch ‘your film’ more than just ‘the film’. You have certain expectations of quality and it is always good. I love the pressure of expectation and not the other way around.

When you first approached Shah Rukh for Pathan, what was his reaction?
His response was, ‘I’ve been waiting for a film like this!’. And things just fell into place, it felt like the universe was conspiring in our favor to let us make this movie. Casting, timing, everything went well.

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Do you think the box office numbers are enough to ward off critics, trolls and boycott calls?
It’s not shutting them down, but it’s definitely giving hope in the right direction. One just needs to keep his head down and work towards a good film and results will come after that, rest is just noise.

When Shahrukh and Salman came together, how was the mood on the set?

They just had so much love for each other, just so much positivity, they wanted to give each other space, not hug a scene or a sequence. They were selfless and it just shows onscreen.

Is Pathan 2 happening?

We are so engrossed in the Pathan euphoria that nothing else is happening right now. By the grace of God it is still going great, so the journey of the sequel, whenever it happens, we will make a big announcement about it.

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