'With Pathaan, I have proved to Aditya Chopra that I can do action': Shah Rukh Khan
New Delhi/UNI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was presented as a romantic hero that generations of Indians fell in love with by YRF’s Aditya Chopra who produced and directed the iconic all-time blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
But little do people know that Aditya had promised SRK that he would do an action film with him!
With Pathaan, Aditya has kept his 30-year-old promise to his close friend SRK.
SRK said in a statement, "We were shooting for Darr and during the shoot all of us - Pam aunty, Adi, Juhi, we used to play scrabble at night.
"From the entire unit, I was very close to Adi, as we were of the same age and we had a good understanding. I have always been very fond of Adi."
"One day, it was Adi's birthday, and he asked me if I would do a film and I said 'I would love to do it'. And then he narrated something where I would be an action hero.
"Because I was doing Darr as well, I also got excited about it. Then 3-4 years later, he called and said I am coming to narrate an action film. I really wanted to play an action hero because no one was offering me that genre," he shared.
"So, it was my dream to do an action film - where I am wearing a white vest, I have a great body, there’s blood, I am with a girl, holding a gun. Then Adi came and narrated the film to me in Mehboob studio - That film was Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. I was like ismein action Kahan hai," said the megastar.
"I called Yash ji and asked him 'what had happened to Adi? What has he narrated saying it’s an action film?' Then Adi said we will do it next. But then we did Dil Toh Pagal Hai. That also did well, but we never did the action. In fact, he told me one more some four years ago too. Then when they came last, Adi told me that he will come with Sid, and narrate the first 15 mins," he said.
"They came, narrated the script and left. I was sitting with my manager - Pooja. I told her ‘Adi is lying’. He will not make an action film. But I really really thank him that after 30 years, he fulfilled his promise and made Pathaan with me.
"Today, in Maratha Mandir our DDLJ is going on and so is Pathaan. So, I am very happy that Adi kept his promise. And I am happier that with Pathaan, I have proven to Adi that I can do action as well. I hope Adi takes me in more action films," added SRK.
Pathaan is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious spy universe and also has Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.
It was released on January 25, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.