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John Abraham was the first choice for ‘Pathaan’, confirms director Siddharth Anand

Director Siddharth Anand has confirmed that John Abraham, who famously played the negative character in Yash Raj Film’ Dhoom, was the first choice for his upcoming action film.

In the newly released teaser of the film, it was revealed that he will play the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s arch-enemy. John has been presented as a villain who is a ruthless mercenary, wanting total destruction of his enemy. 

Siddharth says, “For Pathaan to be larger than life, we needed to have a towering villain who is equally larger than life. We wanted someone who is ruthless and suave and commands an electric presence on screen! So the villain in Pathaan was written keeping John Abraham in mind.”

He adds, “He was our first and only choice, and we were certain that we wanted a villain that they would cherish forever. I’m delighted to see the response that people have showered on John as he takes on Shah Rukh Khan in a blood-soaked, adrenaline-pumping rivalry that will be epic in every sense possible. John is the perfect opposite of Pathaan on screen and we have made their rivalry look deliciously edge of the seat. It will be one hell of a thrilling showdown.”

Pathaan will release in UK cinemas via Yash Raj Films on 25th January 2023.

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