"I realised he is a gentle giant."
Shah Rukh Khan has responded to the rumours that he is in a feud with his Pathaan co-star John Abraham.
The pair will be facing off against one another in the film.
But reports suggested things were not alright between John and SRK.
At an event, John dodged a question about SRK’s muscular physique in the film.
Amid the rumours, Shah Rukh opened up about working with John. He explained that he has known John since he moved to Mumbai.
Describing him as “shy, very quiet and reclusive”, SRK said he was keen on seeing John in Pathaan.
Shah Rukh said: “I met him many times when he was doing a film or we wanting to do a film together and this happened per chance.
“I was very keen he does it and he was kind enough to do a role where he is really a bad guy.
“He is a top star. He has his own franchises happening and he has got these really cool action films happening and to decide to take on a film where he is a bad guy, you know, so takes a lot of guts.”
Shah Rukh went on to say that most actors refuse to play antagonists in films but John is different.
He continued: “Takes a lot of confidence in your own self, especially when I see in the Hindi film scenario. Heroes don’t play bad guys. I’d love to play a bad guy. I gained deep respect for him.
“It was nice working with him and all so I realised he is a gentle giant.
“You know when we were doing action and everything. He says… he called me a national treasure and said, ‘I will not hurt you’. I said you can, it’s ok.
“He is very shy and I had to do a lot of convincing to tell him it’s ok, you can punch me and I won’t get hurt.”
“I think he is so proficient in action. He really helped me look nice you know, in body language. It was very kind of him.
“I think when you are doing a film with a co-star like John, there is a lot to learn from him.
“Being the star that he is and the respect that he has for me.
“I hope when Pathaan comes out, one of the most liked characters, genuinely is John’s.
“I really wish it because it takes a lot of guts to do what he has done as an actor and as a star.”