Shah Rukh Khan, the king of Bollywood, is back on the big screen with his latest action thriller Jawan, directed by Atlee. The film, which also stars Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi and Deepika Padukone in pivotal roles, has been breaking box office records and receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. But what was it like for Atlee to work with SRK, who is not only a superstar but also a father figure to him?
In a recent interview with Film Companion, Atlee revealed that he was in awe of SRK’s professionalism, dedication and humility. He said that SRK treated him like a friend and gave him complete creative freedom to execute his vision. He also praised SRK’s versatility and ability to transform into different characters with ease.
Atlee said he felt like Aryan Khan
Atlee also shared an interesting anecdote about how he felt like he was in the same zone that Aryan Khan, SRK’s son and aspiring filmmaker, would be if he directed his father. He said that the process was enjoyable and he was very comfortable directing the actor. Atlee said: “If Aryan would have directed Shah Rukh sir..how comfortable he would have been, I have been in that zone. I was very very comfortable.”
He said that he was nervous and excited at the same time to direct SRK, who is his idol and inspiration. He said that he wanted to make SRK proud and impress him with his work. He said that he was constantly seeking SRK’s feedback and approval, and that SRK was very supportive and encouraging of him.
Atlee said that he had a lot of fun working with SRK and that they bonded over their love for cinema, cricket and family. He said that he learned a lot from SRK’s experience and wisdom, and that he hopes to collaborate with him again in the future.
Jawan is Atlee’s first Hindi film, after delivering blockbuster hits in Tamil cinema such as Theri, Mersal and Bigil. The film is produced by Gauri Khan and Gaurav Verma under Red Chillies Entertainment. The film’s soundtrack and background score are composed by Anirudh Ravichander, with cinematography by G. K. Vishnu and editing by Ruben. The film was released on 7 September 2023 in standard, IMAX, 4DX and other premium formats, coinciding with Janmashtami.
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