Shah Rukh Khan‘s latest film, ‘Jawan’, also featuring Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi and Deepika Padukone in a special role, has achieved significant success, amassing approximately Rs 490 crore net in India within 12 days of its release. ‘Jawan‘ is creating new box office records everyday and is on track to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
The renowned Tamil filmmaker, Atlee, who recently made a fantastic debut in Hindi cinema with ‘Jawan’ recently recalled the first time Shah Rukh Khan and Thalapathy Vijay met on his birthday last year.
When Shah Rukh Khan and Thalapathy Vijay met for the first time
In a recent interview, sharing the story behind the viral picture of him with Shah Rukh and Vijay to Siddharth Kanan, Atlee said it was from his birthday last year. At the party, Atlee invited his friends, including actor Vijay. “He has attended every birthday party of mine. He came. Bringing two icons under one roof was something else. It happened naturally. Vijay sir was very happy meeting Shah Rukh sir. Their discussion was something else. It was a dream come true for me.”
But unlike the general assumption of two stellar actors having some intense conversation about films, Shah Rukh and Vijay talked like ‘kids’. They asked each other things like, “What time do you get up? How much workout do you do? What do you have?” It was ‘fun’ for Atlee to listen to Shah Rukh and Vijay’s conversation.
Shah Rukh Khan and Thalapathy Vijay asked Atlee to write a script for them
At the party, the two actors also asked Atlee to write a script of a film, with both of them in it. “They both told me to bring a script and, ‘Definitely, we will do.’ At first, Atlee thought the two superstars were talking about working together in his [Atlee’s] film because it was his birthday. However, the next day – Atlee recalled — “Vijay [Thalapathy] sir said, ‘If you are going to write, definitely I am a part of it.’ Shah Rukh [Khan] sir, at the same time, said, ‘Sir you are serious about it, no. We are going to make a film together, right?’” The filmmaker mentioned that the two stars often enquire about the said script every now and then.
Atlee assured, “I am definitely working on it. Someday, I might crack it, and then I will go to both of them and get their dates.”
Atlee to plan a film starring both Shah Rukh Khan and Thalapathy Vijay
On being asked in an interview with Pinkvilla if Atlee considered any other actor like Thalapathy Vijay In Jawan, he replied “Jawan was only made for Khan sir. I didn’t have any second thoughts on that.”
He also mentioned the reason why he didn’t ask Thalapathy Vijay for a cameo in Jawan, was because he wants to write a proper role for both of them in the same film, since both have given him best of his career arch in his life. He expects it to earn over ₹1500 crores globally.
He also added that he hasn’t thought of what he’s doing next, but he will definitely plan a film of him with Thalapathy Vijay. He also added that he’s promised SRK that he’s only going to grow from here and deliver films even bigger than jawan at a global scale.
A Spin-off on Vikram Rathore?
Atlee also said if he had to make a spin-off, he will make it based on the character of Vikram Rathore, who is one of the two roles played by Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan. He said, “Vikram Rathore is my hero, may be I’ll plan a spin off on him” He also added, “I am a daddy’s boy and hence, I love to write strong father characters. You can see it in all my films.”
Vikram Rathore is a former army officer who suffers from memory loss and becomes a vigilante who fights for justice and social causes. He is also the father of Azad Rathore, who is the other role played by Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan. Fans have been gushing over this avatar of Shah Rukh Khan since its release and have been demanding a spin off film based on him.
Atlee confirms ‘Jawan’ sequel to be made
In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, when asked if Atlee is thinking about a ‘Jawan’ sequel given that there’s an open ending in the film. He said, “Every film of mine has such kind of (open) ending, I have never ever thought of doing sequels to any of my films. But I’ve given an open arch to it, so if something strong comes to me, I will make a part two. I have kept an open end and I can come up with a sequel now or later. But definitely will come up with a sequel to Jawan one day.” According to sources, Atlee has already started his work on the script of the sequel, Jawan 2.
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