Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The teaser of Pathaan, the much-awaited movie of Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, was released on his birthday on November 2. Though the teaser promises a high-octane action and thriller journey, it has generated mix response with some demanding complete boycott of the movie.

While fans, movie buffs, critics, and analysts have showered praises for Pathaan’s teaser, trolls targeted both SRK and the makers. 

“One of the finest trailer in last decade.. 🔥. Yes why SRK called king of Bollywood. It will be biggest film of industry....lots of love SRK,” wrote a fan. “You can ignore Bollywood but you can't ignore Shah  Rukh Khan🔥🔥,” said a user.

Another fan from France said, “Shahrukh Khan qui est de retour et ça fait extrêmement plaisir, j’ai tellement hâte de voir son nouveau film !! Merci d’avoir mis les sous-titres français (Shahrukh Khan who is back and it's extremely pleasing, I can't wait to see his new movie!! Thank you for putting the French subtitles).”

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On the other hand, campaigns to boycott Pathaan also started on social media. While some targeted Shah Rukh over his previous statements, Deepika Padukone was targeted by the boycott gangs for her JNU controversy. The trolls also didn’t spare John Abraham for his earlier comments. 

Some even targeted director Siddharth Anand claiming that he copied several scenes from his own movie War, starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.

Why is Pathaan important for both SRK and Bollywood?

With Pathaan, the King Khan will be returning to the big screen after a long gap of four years (not to mention his recent cameo apperances). He was last seen in Zero, which bombed at box office, in 2018.

Fans have high expectations from the movie and they believe that with Pathaan, the ‘King of Romance’ will not only bounce back but also save the sinking fortune of Bollywood.

Worth mentioning that Bollywood movies have been witnessing box office disaster for the last couple of years while movies from the south have started dominating box office across the country.

A sneak peek into Pathaan teaser 

The teaser has so far garnered over 19 million views and over 1.2 million likes on YouTube. As seems from the teaser, Pathaan is about an undercover spy, and his story. Pathaan rises from the 'dead' after 3 years to take down his opponents in the fiercest way. He was caught in his last mission and was tortured. Even it was speculated that he might be dead. But, overcoming the hurdles, he comes back. More about Pathaan and his journey will uncover in the movie.

The action sequences, VFX, and story seem to be quite impressive. Indeed, the high-end action scenes and thrills have elated the fans of SRK and skyrocketed anticipation.

Pathaan is scheduled for theatrical release on January 25, 2023.