Director Atlee, who recently made his Hindi debut with the blockbuster movie “Jawan,” has shared his thoughts on the film’s success and his experience working with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The film, which also stars Deepika Padukone, Vijay Sethupathi, and Nayanthara, has been making waves at the box office and is on its way to entering the coveted 500 crore club. Atlee’s admiration for King Khan is evident as he says, “Jawan is only made for Shah Rukh Khan sir.”
A Casting Decision Set in Stone
In an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla, Atlee discussed his casting choices for “Jawan.” He firmly asserted that he never had a second thought about casting anyone other than Shah Rukh Khan as the film’s protagonist. This unwavering belief in Khan’s ability to bring the character to life highlights the director’s confidence in his choice.
The Camaraderie with Thalapathy Vijay
While Atlee has gained recognition for his collaborations with Thalapathy Vijay in Tamil cinema, he emphasized the close bond he shares with the actor. Atlee and Vijay engaged in extensive discussions about the script and scenes, with Atlee describing Vijay as “like a brother” and commending their shared dedication to their craft.
The Open-Ended Climax and a Hint at a Sequel
One intriguing aspect of “Jawan” that Atlee discussed is the film’s climax, which he intentionally left open-ended. This creative decision has sparked curiosity and speculation about the possibility of a sequel. Atlee confirmed his openness to the idea, stating, “I have kept an open end, and I can come up with a sequel now or later. But definitely will come up with a sequel to Jawan one day.”
“Jawan” and Box Office Success
As “Jawan” continues to shatter records at the box office, with reported earnings of ₹440.48 crore in just ten days, Atlee’s name has risen to prominence. He is one of the few Indian filmmakers with a consistent track record of delivering superhits. However, Atlee remains firmly grounded and committed to creating films that resonate with a broad audience.
Atlee’s Respect and Admiration for SRK
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Atlee expressed his deep admiration for Shah Rukh Khan, revealing that he has been a fan of the actor for a considerable period. This admiration for Khan’s work and talent played a pivotal role in their successful collaboration on “Jawan.”
A Commitment to the Masses and Indian Cinema
Atlee sees the love and success of “Jawan” as a significant responsibility. He is determined to continue making films that cater to a wide audience and serve as ambassadors of Indian cinema on the global stage. He stated, “The audience’s love and cheering are your happiness. So, my next one should be much bigger than this.”