Pathaan dominates the box office

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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The fact that the lead actor is the “Badshah” of Bollywood provides the audience even more of an excuse to sing, dance, and scream in the theatres. For a Hindi film, serpentine lines for a 6 a.m. showing are unusual in India. Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, and Dimple Kapadia star in the 146-minute movie “Pathaan,” which is currently playing in theatres. Siddharth Anand is the director.

IANS Score: 3.5

Finally, on Wednesday, the eagerly anticipated Shah Rukh Khan film “Pathaan” entered theatres. As the movie tells the tale of an Indian spy who battles the head of a squad of mercenaries who has evil plans to target his motherland, the audience is enthralled, as is to be expected, by all the pre-release excitement.The fact that the lead actor is the “Badshah” of Bollywood provides the audience even more of an excuse to sing, dance, and scream in the theatres. For a Hindi film, serpentine lines for a 6 a.m. showing are unusual in India.In a nutshell, the movie is an espionage thriller that is anticipated to earn the most box office revenues.

An exiled RAW field agent named Pathaan (Shah Rukh) is tasked with eliminating Jim (John Abraham), a former RAW agent who has gone rogue. Jim is the leader of “Outfit X,” a private terrorist group that intends to infect India with the deadly “Raktbeej” virus. If the virus were to spread, it might be considerably deadlier than any other virus created by humans.The extraordinarily fast-paced plot picks up right after the opening scene, as RAW agents, spies, terrorists, and a Pakistani Army officer scheme and plot in various parts of the world.

Pakistan has all the bad intentions and resources necessary to penetrate and destroy Indian territory after the Indian government revoked Article 370, which gave special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. Jim, who has a history and has previously been deceived by Indians, is hired for this purpose. And now, Deepika Padukone’s Rubina Khan, another former ISI agent, enters the picture, leaving everyone wondering who she will partner up with.Pathaan, a devoted patriot who had retired, receives a call from Nandini, his supervisor (Dimple Kapadia). As the prospect of catastrophe grows, their supreme leader, Colonel Sunil Luthra (Ashutosh Rana), is left worried and still attempting to decide what course of action to take to save human life.

Gun-toting agents are wreaking havoc while a slim and seductive Rubina is shown flaunting her attractiveness in a bikini that, up until recently when the song “Besharam Rang” was made available online, had the saffron outfits on edge. She understands the threat both now and in the past, and she also knows exactly which side to take as more and more men with bad intentions show up.If there is one glimmer of hope in the midst of all this upheaval, it is undoubtedly the presence of the most coveted, adored, and fearless Pathaan. Pathaan has intense fight scenes that are on par with James Bond.

There isn’t a single time that would cause spectators to take a break from the nonstop, high-octane action that is crammed into the film. Perhaps the only actor who might have looked dangerous with his six-packs and speaking sentences in hushed tones that melt Padukone is Shah Rukh, who desperately needs a box office smash. His charm holds up as he attempts a brief relationship while simultaneously jumping and diving out of cliffs and mountains to get rid of his foes.Not only does he look young, but his enthusiasm is contagious; as a result, many moviegoers applauded whenever he outscored his opponent. Such is his influence and fan base!

Padukone also demonstrates why Hollywood selected her to rock vibrant bodysuits, leggings, and catsuits. Khan’s ripped muscles have the ideal counterpoint in John Abraham, who also does well. He also pulls off a youthful, dashing appearance to match Khan’s good looks. While Satchith Paulose’s cinematography catches some magnificent scenery in Spain, Russia, Dubai, Italy, and France, the action scenes are on par with any Hollywood film.Despite the limited opportunity for songs in such a story, Vishal-Shekhar tracks are incredibly memorable.

Those who are still concerned about Bollywood’s lack of activity in recent months should firmly exhale with the knowledge that, with the right production, an interesting story, and a star-studded cast in charge, Hindi cinema should be back on track!

 

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