Pathaan is a spy thriller which stars Shah Rukh Khan. The movie also features John Abraham and Deepika Padukone. It is produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF).
The plot of the film is based on the story of a former RAW field agent named Pathaan who has been on the run for three years. He is on the hunt for his country’s drug lord Shabir Ansari. But the drug lord is still terrorizing peaceful cities around the world. In order to find him, Pathaan sets up a team of retired agents to go after him.
The film is directed by Siddharth Anand, who has done a good job of building solid platforms for female characters. However, he fails to give Pathaan a personality. This is a shame, because he makes a good lead actor.
As expected, the film is full of action. One sequence is particularly elaborate, involving Salman Khan and Pathaan as they jump and fight on a moving train. During this scene, a crowd of fans cheered and whistled as they witnessed the duo’s intense action.
Another action sequence involving a truck, a Hummer, and a helicopter is unrealistic. Despite this, the film is still fun. At times, the dialogues are humorous and the film isn’t heavy on patriotism. And, of course, there are plenty of sexy smooches to be had.
Although Pathaan is a great movie, it isn’t particularly original. Besides the obvious action, the film lacks the individualistic qualities of other deshbhakti films like Raw Agent, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, and Don trilogy. Instead, the film is just a version of majority appeasement.
Also, the action sequences don’t go over the basics of physics. Many of them take place in the air and there’s not much emphasis on physics. Likewise, there are no cartoonish Pakistanis to distract from the plot.
However, the film does feature an iconic battle of good versus bad. There’s also a post credit scene, which will undoubtedly draw the most attention. Whether or not the film is dangerous to India is uncertain. A few lines in the movie may make you laugh, but they’re often too heavy.
Pathaan is not the type of movie to watch with kids. It takes itself too seriously. That’s a shame, because the plot is so interesting. It’s worth watching just for the action and the chemistry between SRK and Padukone.
Though the film lacks the individualistic qualities of the best movies, it is still a fun watch. Pathaan is a spy thriller with a dash of patriotic fervour. Featuring a star cast, there are some fun moments in the movie, but it’s a little predictable.
However, the movie is made for the star. Fortunately, the star has a pretty solid supporting cast, including Deepika Padukone, who is ravishing in the role of a Pakistani woman. They add to the oomph of the character, but they’re not particularly memorable.
Overall, Pathaan is an action packed film that is more than a bit slick. Those looking for a great movie to watch, especially in the UK, will want to see it.