Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathan’ Premiere Happened at 5 AM Today (Yes, You Read That Right) and it has already broken records before its release. Now, it seems like 2023 belongs to Shah Rukh Khan because after earning ₹1,000 crores with ‘Pathan,’ he is fully prepared to reach the top with ‘Jawaan Khan,’ his all-time blockbuster. The first reviews and reactions are out!
“Premiere and Fan Frenzy”
Shah Rukh Khan has reacted to the frenzy among fans about the film’s release. He said, “#Jawaan has been seen, and oh boy, SRK has nailed it. Bollywood is about to witness a transformation in collective entertainment. A fan wrote, ‘Watch this film for clean entertainment and celebrate King Khan.'”
One fan called Shah Rukh “magnificent” and said, “The first half is a blockbuster!” Another user praised Nayantara’s portrayal of a cop, saying, “In one word – Mega Blockbuster #Jawaan is a magnificent large-scale film with amazing scenes, and Shah Rukh Khan in an action avatar is the best thing you’ve ever seen.”
Some fans shared video clips showing early morning houseful shows. Fans were seen dancing and celebrating in packed cinemas.
Critical Acclaim and Performances”
In ‘Jawaan,’ Shah Rukh Khan takes a U-turn from ‘Pathan’! In the film, he remains steadfast on the dialogue, “Don’t ask what the country has done for you, ask what you have done for the country.” But in ‘Jawaan,’ he takes over the entire Mumbai Metro, kidnaps politicians, steals voting machines, and hacks public systems. However, his intention remains altruistic. (Read also: Jawaan Review and Live Updates)
‘Jawaan’ Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan in a Leading Role by Atlee Leading a group of five girls with diverse backgrounds and powers, Azad (Shah Rukh) is determined to set right every handicap in the Indian political system, from agriculture and health to defense. All five girls have faced injustices in the past, and Shah Rukh is on a mission to seek justice for girls like them.
“The Evolution of Shah Rukh Khan’s Character”
‘Jawaan’ is personal and political But this second-hand patriotism soon starts to border on the messiah complex. Needless to say, the plot, although fast-paced, starts to take a formulaic route and becomes preachy. Only in the climax block, we feel that Atlee has a grip on his story.
When we reach the core of Azad’s story, similarity and emotion both naturally start to find their place in the narrative. But after this, ‘Jawaan’ begins to ride on two horses – one for the greater national cause and the other for personal freedom. It transitions from the subtle to the overt, from an individual’s fight for justice to a patriotic drama. Although both have the same essence, the switch is perhaps never seamless.
“A Message of Patriotism”
Spoiler Alert Begins In perhaps one of the best scenes in the film, Shah Rukh questions his arms dealer Vijay Sethupathi about why he sold defective weapons to the Indian army, putting his comrades at risk. When Vijay says that the mistake is human, and in this way, the blame falls on those soldiers who lack training on modern equipment, Shah Rukh shoots him with an empty gun. He tells a shocked Vijay that people like him are not afraid to sacrifice their lives for their country, but it should be for the greater good of the nation, not for the greed of a few. He says that it is indeed a human error, but not for soldiers like him. It’s a human error for greedy businessmen. He reiterates that patriotism doesn’t always mean making noise and firing bullets. It’s always been about making every Indian, whether a soldier or a citizen, capable of fighting their battles.
Shah Rukh isn’t affected by the bullets that killed his comrades, but he is haunted by the silent triggers that made them handicapped. For him, patriotism doesn’t always involve making noise and firing bullets; it’s always been about making every Indian, whether a soldier or a citizen, capable of fighting their battles.