Shah Rukh Khan has finally made a big comeback to the big screen after more than four years with the action-packed entertainer Pathaan, which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. The Yash Raj Films production was released in theaters on Wednesday, January 25 to overwhelming reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Rahul Dholakia, who directed Shah Rukh Khan in the 2017 crime drama Raees, also watched Pathaan on an IMAX screen on the first day and called the film ‘madness’. Rahul shared his review on his Twitter handle and wrote: “6 years ago we released #Raees – today was the first day for #Pathaan. An incredible experience to watch it in a house-packed show on a huge IMAX screen, with the die-hard fans of @iamsrk @deepikapadukone @TheJohnAbraham @BeingSalmanKhan!! Madness!!!”.
We came out 6 years ago #Raees – today was Day One before #Pathan. An incredible experience to see it in a packed show on a huge IMAX screen, with the die hard fans of @iamsrk @deepikapadukone @TheJohnAbraham @BeingSalmanKhan !! Insanity !!! — Rahul Dholakia (@rahuldholakia) January 25, 2023
Although Salman Khan was not seen in the Pathaan trailer, the superstar had revealed that he will be seen in his Tiger avatar in the film and now his cameo appearance is no longer a secret after fans shared the videos from the theaters . Shah Rukh and Salman share the screen together.
SRK will play a vital role in Tiger 3 connecting the YRF Spy Universe, which also includes Hrithik Roshan’s Kabir from War, which was also directed by Pathaan director Siddharth Anand. His first four films namely Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Anjaana Anjaani were romcoms before he turned to the action genre with Bang Bang! and war.
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Talking about Raees apart from Shah Rukh, the Rahul Dholakia film starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in the lead roles. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Narendra Jha, Sheeba Chaddha, Atul Kulkarni and Jaideep Ahlawat, among others, also played pivotal roles. Sunny Leone made a cameo appearance in the remade item number Laila Main Laila.