In his spy thriller, director Siddharth Anand goes over the top. He approaches it more as a superhero
movie that requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief. Here, it is clear that he is fascinated by
and worships conventional Hollywood blockbusters like the Mission Impossible flicks starring Tom
Cruise and the Marvel movies. Expect a femme fatale, a wingsuit a la Falcon, heightened action and
chase scenes, death-defying feats on cars, bikes, ice, and helicopters, immortal heroes and villains
mouthing sharp speech, and all of this drenched in the idea of patriotism.
For a large portion of the movie, the focus is on the action rather than the emotions, which is new
ground for SRK, who is best known for his romantic or conversational roles. It's remarkable how, at
57, he still portrays himself as a full-fledged action hero, letting his physique and his intensely
expressive eyes do the talking. His presence saves a mediocre storyline and poor visual effects.
Vishal & Shekhar's music for the movie succeeds in reflecting the courage and bravado on exhibit,
even though the background soundtrack doesn't exactly feel in harmony with the scenes.
The standout aspect of Pathaan is also John Abraham's excellent performance. John is frightening
and presents a typical example of the villain partially overshadowing the hero, whether it's through
his Bane-like masked entrance or stunt routines.
Although Deepika Padukone is a badass and is flawlessly cast as the obedient, morally dubious, leggy
agent, their chemistry feels undercooked. It doesn't have the same energy that John-SRK's
characters do. Once more pulling a Tenet, Dimple Kapadia gives the proceedings the necessary
seriousness and emotional weight. You wish other characters had the same level of genuineness she
As Bhai meets the badshah, Karan and Arjun are reunited in the YRF espionage universe to give you
an unforgettable whistling moment. Pathaan has all the elements of a masala potboiler, including
slow-motion entries, an iconic good versus evil conflict, and most importantly, a seductive,
smoldering Shah Rukh Khan who can fight the good fight both on and off-screen. If you are willing to
overlook the frivolity in dialogues like "You are pretty screwed," that is. He is still without a doubt