‘That’s inevitable,’ says Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan director Siddharth Anand on the film being compared to Hollywood movies


Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan director Siddharth Anand has opened up about his latest release being compared to Hollywood films. The film is the first full-fledged action role of SRK and also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Pathaan has already grossed more than Rs 600 crore at worldwide box office and now Siddharth has spoken that comparisons were inevitable with Hollywood films as it wasn’t a conventional Bollywood movie.

In a new interview, Siddharth said that comparison always exists when a film was unconventional and said, “That’s inevitable, when you make a film that’s beyond the conventions of Bollywood films. You’re instantly compared to Hollywood, which obviously has better infrastructure, better technology, and huger budgets. It will always seem like we’re trying to imitate that, but our limitations are much more. We also have ambitions, our directors have the ability to mount films, but we’re limited by reach because our films are made in one language, which is Hindi. Our revenues are directly proportional to the budgets we can afford.”

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He further spoke about Marvel Cinematic Universe films and said, “I have to admit, I haven’t watched more than two MCU films. I’m not a fan of that genre. I’ve seen a couple of them. My son is a huge fan, and he’s an encyclopedia. He briefs me and keeps me up to date. I have to run my scripts and my sequences past him, and he’ll say, ‘No, dad, this is in that film. No, you can’t do this, this has already been done.’ I’m like, ‘What the hell do I do?’ So, I take ideas from him on how to manoeuvre things around. I think I should get on the bandwagon and start watching those films, so that there’s no overlap.”

Pathaan released on January 25, 2023. It is backed by Aditya Chopra’a Yash Raj Films and is a part of YRF Spy Universe.

(Source: Gulf News)