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Atlee’s first Hindi directorial, Jawan has currently created a rollercoaster of emotions and excitement among the lovers of Indian cinema. With a stellar star cast, that includes none other than Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Deepika Padukone, Sanya Malhotra, Vijay Sethupati, Priyamani amongst others, the film has already created a wave at the box-office. Recently, the entire cast and crew of the film sat down for a media interaction at the press event post the release of the film. And amidst everyone else sharing their thoughts about the film, it’s the mastermind behind it all, Atlee who shared some interesting details about the making of the film.
Speaking during the press event, filmmaker, Atlee revealed a beautiful anecdote about Jawan’s protagonist and the superstar himself, Shah Rukh Khan. Atlee highlighted how he had a low budget of Rs. 30 crores in all to make the film, and recalled that he had shared the script of the film to SRK over a Zoom call during the times of the pandemic. Heaping praises on the superstar, Atlee then credited Shah Rukh for agreeing to do such a film and giving it a greenlight, since no other actor would have given the project a go-ahead on such a low budget. He mentioned:
“I narrated the film on a Zoom call during Covid times. I know theatrical footfall was going down and people were not ready to greenlight even a 30-40 crore film. I know because I am also a producer. But sir (Shah Rukh Khan) greenlighted a Rs. 300 crore film when everyone was sceptical. But we didn’t stop at Rs. 300 crores. We went more. We made a blockbuster in three days and now, we are flying."
Back in August 2023, Atlee and the team of Jawan had assembled together for the pre-release event of the film. While speaking about many other things regarding the film, Atlee had revealed a special backstory about the kind of bonding he shared with Shah Rukh Khan. The filmmaker revealed how SRK advised him to take care of his wife, Krishna Priya after he learnt that she was pregnant. However, while listening to the special anecdote, Atlee’s wife got teary-eyed.
On September 11, 2023, Atlee was felicitated at the special screening of Jawan scheduled for the Mumbai Police and the Indian Army. During the event, Atlee delivered a small speech and credited the entire success of the film to none other than Shah Rukh Khan. Calling the experience of working with him an overwhelming one, Atlee had said:
“It is very overwhelming and it is God’s blessing. God is so kind to us, and I think we have done our part as filmmakers to entertain the audience. I think it is entertaining on the theatre screen, and people are really happy about it, and they are showering their love. Mainly, it’s all because of Mr Shah Rukh sir, and thanks to Mr Shah Rukh sir, Red Chillies, and the entire core team who have worked with us day and night for the last three and a half years.”
During the post-release event of Jawan, Shah Rukh Khan spoke about associating with his frequent co-actress, Deepika Padukone yet again in the film. But this time she had a short screen presence in the film, and instead played the role of SRK’s mother in the film. Sharing more along the same lines, Shah Rukh mentioned how he and the filmmaker, Atlee was able to trick Deepika, in the name of firendship, into doing a full-fledged role in the name of cameo, since her character is the pivotal part of the film’s plot.
What do you think about Atlee’s revelations? Let us know.
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