Pathane is a 2023 Indian Hindi action thriller film written by Aditya Chopra and produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Siddharth Anand. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. It is the fourth installment in the YRF spy universe after Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) and War (2019).
Principal photography for the Pathaan film began in November 2020 in Mumbai. Apart from India, the film was shot in various locations in Afghanistan, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Italy and France. Two of the film’s songs were composed by the duo Vishal-Shekhar, and the music was composed by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara. A music video for a song titled “Besharam Rong” was released ahead of the movie’s release. Deepika Padukone was seen in a saffron bikini in the music video, prompting right-wing Hindu groups to protest and attempt to boycott the film. After making some changes to the song sequence, as well as some minor changes in the film, the Central Board of Film Approval cleared the film for screening. The film cost around ₹225 crore to make and a further ₹15 crore was spent on printing and publicity.
Pathaan was released in India on January 25, 2023 over the Republic Day weekend in IMAX, 4DX and Standard formats. It was released simultaneously dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. The film received positive reviews from critics and broke Indian box office records for the highest opening day and opening weekend in Hindi film history. It also broke several revenue records in foreign markets.
|Directed by||Siddharth Anand|
|Written by||Abbas Tyrewala (dialogues)|
|Scenario of||Shridhar Raghavan|
|Story by||Siddharth Anand|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Edited by||Aarif Sheikh|
Yash Raj Movies
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Movies|
|Box office||East. ₹1,033.68 crore (US$126.83 million)|
In 2019, the Indian government repealed Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This news touched General Qadir, who was suffering from cancer, and he decided to take revenge on India. He signs a contract with Jim, who runs a private terrorist organization called “Outfit X”. Meanwhile, former RAW agent Pathaan and his senior officer Nandini open a unit called “Joint Operations and Covert Research” (JOCR) and recruit agents who are forced into retirement due to trauma or illness. injury.
Colonel Sunil Luthor agrees to Pathaan’s request and his team travels to Dubai to stop Outfit X’s plan to attack the President of India at a science conference. But they realize that the terrorists’ original plan was to kidnap the two scientists. Jim attacks the scientists’ convoy and Pathaan tries to stop him. A fight ensues, but later Jim manages to escape with a scientist. The Luthors reveal that Jim is a former Raw agent who was pronounced dead years ago. Jim’s wife and unborn child were killed by Somali terrorists, allowing Jim to fake his death in revenge for his country.
Meanwhile, Pathaan discovers the “Bloodseed” password and learns that those killed in Dubai were former agents and their money was transferred to a Pakistani doctor named Rubina Mohsin in Spain. After learning this, Pathaan travels to Spain, but is caught by Jim’s men, where he also learns that Rubina is a former ISI agent. When Jim leaves his hiding place, Rubina attacks Jim’s men and escapes with Pathaan. Rubina informs that Raktabij is in Moscow and they are going to Moscow to seize it before Jim. But Rubina betrays Pathaan and hands him over to the police. It is later revealed that Jim forced Pathaan to use Rubina to steal the Blood Seed. Pathaan is captured and taken to prison, but Tiger came and rescued him.
Three years later, Pathaan travels to Africa and captures Jim’s associate, Rafi. He then meets Nandini and reveals to Nandini the two Saber missiles Jim bought, while Nandini reveals Rubina’s location in Paris. Pathaan meets Rubina, who reveals that the Bloodseed is a deadly mutated virus designed to resemble smallpox, created by the scientist captured by Jim. Rubina apologizes to Pathaan for betraying Pathaan without knowing that his country would plan such an attack. They attack Jim’s lab, Jim escapes with the others but they manage to retrieve an orb containing the virus. Pathaan and his team then go to a laboratory to prepare a vaccine against the virus.
- Shah Rukh Khan – Pathaan Agent, Research and Analytics Directorate
- Deepika Padukone – Rubina “Rubai” Mohsin, an ISI agent
- John Abraham – Jim, “Outfit X” frontman and former Raw agent
- Dimple Kapadia – Nandini Grewal, Joint Operations and Covert Research Officer (JOCR)
- Ashutosh Rana – Colonel Sunil Luthra
- Shaji Chowdhury – Raja, JOCR member
- Ekta Kaul – Shweta, JOCR Member
- Digant Hazarika – Joseph, member of the JOCR
- Akash Bhatija – Amal, JOCR member
- Viraf Patel – Sage, JOCR member
- Manish Wadhwa – General Qadir
- Prakash Belawadi – Dr. Sahani
- Prem Jhangiani – Dr. Farooqui
- Rumi Khan – Jim’s spy
- Mansi Taxak – Jim’s wife
- Ashutosh Singh – Rubina’s father
- Amanpreet Hundal – Rubina’s mother
- Rakesh Khatri – ATC Supervisor
- Rajat Kaul–Rafe
- Mustafa Aksari – Fayed
- Grace Girdhar – Young Rubine
- Nikhat Khan – An unnamed Afghan woman
- Salman Khan – Avinash Singh “Tiger” Rathore (cameo)
The film’s score was composed by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara while the film’s songs were composed by Vishal-Shekhar.
After Vishal-Shekhar previously collaborated on songs for Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), they reunited with producer Meghdeep Bose for music composition and song production.
The first single titled “Shameless Color” was released on December 12, 2022. The second single “Jhume Jo Pathaan” was released on December 22, 2022.
List of songs
- n° title author-composer the composer the artist duration
1. “Shameless Colors” Kumar, Vishal Dadlani (Spanish Lyrics) Vishal-Sekhar Shilpa Rao, Caralisa Monteiro, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani 4:18
- 2. “Send Jome Jo” Kumar Vishal-Sekhar Arijit Singh, Sukriti Kakkar, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani 3:28
- 3. “Sending the Theme” Kit B Sanchit Balhara, Ankit Balhara Magdalena Supel 2:37
- 4. Instrumental music “Jim’s Theme” Sanchit Balhara, Ankit Balhara Manya Narang, Rhea Duggal 1:11
Total duration: 11:34
Pathaan’s release date was revealed on March 2, 2022 via an announcement teaser. A first movement poster was released on June 25, 2022. [ The film’s teaser was released on 2 November 2022, coinciding with Shah Rukh Khan’s 57th birthday. The film’s teaser received 22 million views and over 1 million likes on YouTube in less than 2 days. The official trailer of Pathaan was released on 10 January 2023. The film’s trailer was screened at the Burj Khalifa on 14 January 2023 . Contrary to the norm, pre-release publicity was limited, with no media interaction or public events.
Pathaan was released in India on 25 January 2023, in standard, IMAX and 4DX versions at cinemas . which coincided with the dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu on the Indian Republic Day weekend.  Pathaan was the first Indian film to be released in the new ice theater format.  The film was released on 8,000 screens worldwide, including 5,000 screens in Hindi and 450 screens in Tamil and Telugu versions in India. 
The film Pathaan is in the process of being released theatrically in Bangladesh on February 24, but it is yet to be released.   The film is imported to Bangladesh under the SAFTA agreement by director Ananya Mamun.  With this film, a Bollywood film (Hindi language film) is released in Bangladesh after eight years. 
Cinema owners in Bangladesh claim that last year none of the films except “Hawa” and “Paran” could bring them a decent income. Because of this, Pathaan threatened to close the movie theater if the hall was not vacated. 
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The film’s digital rights have been acquired by Amazon Prime Video, where it is scheduled for release on April 25, 2023.
Pathaan received positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 87% with an average rating of 7.1/10, based on reviews from 23 critics.
Pathaan broke several box office opening records for a Hindi film.  Worldwide, it became the first film in the language to gross ₹100 crore (US$13 million) on its first day.  It grossed ₹106 crore (US$13 million) worldwide on its opening day, including ₹36.69 crore (US$4.6 million) overseas.  Worldwide, the film crossed the ₹200 crore (US$25 million) mark in the first two days, the ₹300 crore (US$38 million) mark in the first three days and the ₹400 crore mark. ($50 million) in the first four days, making it the fastest-growing Hindi film of all time.     Also sent to India, it became the fastest Hindi film to collect between ₹200 crore (US$25 million) and ₹300 crore (US$38 million), which it did between four and seven days .  It broke these records previously held by the Hindi version of Kannada film KGF: Chapter 2 (2022). 
A music video for a song titled “Besharam Rong” was released ahead of the movie’s release. Deepika Padukone was seen in a saffron bikini in the music video, prompting right-wing Hindu groups to protest and attempt to boycott the film.  Many called the song “vulgar” and said it went against Indian culture.  Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra also criticized the song, saying it was “shot with a dirty mentality and found Deepika’s outfit offensive. The minister urged the makers to address the issue immediately.  A Muslim organization also objected to the song.
After making some changes to the song sequence, as well as some minor edits to the film, the Central Board of Film Approval cleared the film for release.