'Deepika is Amar, I'm Akbar, John is Anthony': SRK spreads message on unity celebrating Pathaan's success
Mumbai/IBNS: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan Monday likened himself and his Pathaan co-stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham to "Amar Akbar Anthony", the characters from Manmohan Desai's 1977 hit, intending to spread the message of unity.
"This is Deepika Padukone, she is Amar; I am Shah Rukh Khan, Akbar; this is John Abraham, he is Anthony. And this is what makes cinema. Amar Akbar and Anthony. There are no differences that any of us have for anybody," said Shah Rukh Khan at a live session on Monday in which Team Pathaan addressed the media on the massive success of their film.
"Any culture, any aspect of life. We love you and that's why we make films. We love you to give us love. Give us love, we are hungry for love," he said.
Our hearts just melted!💖#Pathaan @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/Dp2xH4HYjo— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) January 30, 2023
Amid strong boycott calls and massive controversy over the saffron bikini from 'Besharam Rang' ahead of the film's release, SRK said the actors are just playing characters and not trying to hurt anyone's sentiments.
He added that the aim of cinema is to "spread happiness, brotherhood, love, kindness".
"To be honest when we make films, be it in north, south, east, west, our aim is to spread happiness, brotherhood, love, kindness... Even when I'm playing a bad guy in 'Darr' or John is bad in this film... We are just playing characters. None of this is meant to hurt any sentiment. It is just entertainment," he said.
Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan, now in its sixth day on screens, continues to rule the box office and has made over Rs. 500 crores worldwide.
It opened in over 100 countries on 8,000 screens, the highest of any Hindi film.
Voicing his opinion on the film culture, he said: "We have to keep our culture, our old stories all that is seeped into this country, beautiful country, which is India. We have to tell the stories in modern ways, in different ways. And when we tell them in different ways there is no way we are deriding anybody. We are just trying to speak the language of youngsters which has changed."
The 57-year-old star called his fans his safe place and spoke about how greeting them from his balcony gives him strength. Shah Rukh said his fans love him whether his films work or not.
Team #Pathaan grooving to #JhoomeJoPathaan @iamsrk @deepikapadukone @TheJohnAbraham #SiddharthAnand pic.twitter.com/AWJlvf5QPL— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) January 30, 2023
"I was told when something doesn't work, go to those who love you. I am very fortunate that I have millions who give me love. When I am happy, I come to my balcony, when I am sad, I come to the balcony," he said.
"I am fortunate to have been given a permanent balcony ticket," said SRK in style.
Pathaan is Shah Rukh Khan's comeback film after a hiatus of over four years.