"Dubai has been very, very kind to me."
Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, and produced by Yash Raj Films is an all-time blockbuster.
The action sequences of the action entertainer are being unanimously praised for making Pathaan a never-seen-before spectacle that matches Hollywood standards.
Now, it has come to light that the brutal battle that Shah Rukh Khan (Pathaan) has with John Abraham (the anti-hero Jim) in Dubai was possible because the entire Burj Khalifa boulevard was shut down for the first time for any film in the world.
The producers revealed the news in a tweet.
Speaking about it, director Siddharth Anand revealed:
“The toughest action to execute in Pathaan – one is on top of a moving train, one is mid-air with planes, one is in Dubai which takes place in the boulevard around the Burj Khalifa which no Hollywood film has been able to do this.
“To shoot this sequence in Dubai, it just looked impossible.
“But the Dubai police and the authorities made it happen for us!”
He added: “My friends, who live at the Boulevard, came and told me that they got circulars saying on this day between this time, you will not be able to access the boulevard so please plan your days.
“And they were amazed that – oh my god… that’s for my film!
“I said I can’t believe it and this wouldn’t have been possible if they had not agreed to our vision and supported us wholeheartedly.”
He thanked the Dubai police and the authorities in Dubai.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) February 9, 2023
Shah Rukh Khan said: “Dubai has been very, very kind to me and everyone who goes from Indian cinema.
“It is a heavy-traffic place so the production team called up and said, ‘we’re shooting a sequence with Shah Rukh’.
“So, they said, ‘he is our brand ambassador, please take this permission. Finish it off fast, but we will allow you to shoot there.’
“I think Dubai is film-industry-wise, the most international film-producing nation.
“You have the best equipment, facilities, and location managers.
“So the experience is always wonderful to shoot in Dubai.”
Pathaan was released in theatres on January 25, 2023, and features Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles in the film.
Meanwhile, the film recently crossed the mark of Rs 100 crores in the PVR chain alone surpassing KGF Chapter 2.