“Pathaan” Movie Review: Action, Tollywood Style

Action, comedy, dancing, kicking, chasing... this is Tollywood.

Pathaan is a fil directed by Siddharth Anand starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.

Like RRR and True Lies together at last, it’s neither as good as one nor the other, but with scenes that are so funny, it’s worth it for them alone.


Movie Review

RRR just won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Song. The film deserves it and so does the Indian film industry that sometimes gives us true gems such as this wonderful film. Pathaan takes what it can and a little more that’s borrowed from that one which was such a success that it has created an entire school. The script: identical in structure except that now we are in “spy mode”. This time it’s two characters who don’t get along at first but then join forces to save the world.

Then, True Lies, a wonderful movie with its wonderful scenes full of “fun”. A lot of mockery (of the good kind) and also borrowed ideas.


Yes… whatever you like. But it only takes five minutes for the film to have us glued to our seats and say: I’m not missing this for the world: the main character flying a helicopter, dodging bazookas and flipping out even more than the audience, with his hair trailing in the wind.

Then it continues: full of slow motion camera shots, with another memorable musical number in the middle of it all… and a couple of totally crazy and truly great scenes (the one on the train, anthological).

What goes in the middle… could have been improved upon, and a lot, but it doesn’t detract from the merit in those five or six scenes that, authentically wild and with no brakes, make Pathaan recommendable if you want to have  a delightfully unbridled good time.

Not the best Tollywood production ever seen? No, but it is one of those that you enjoy so much at certain points and that gives us so much in those moments that, without a doubt, it’s worth relaxing, stopping thinking about the script so much and even less about the characters, and just plain enjoying this unsubtle knockabout farce about shootings, spies and devilish action.

A film that lets itself be loved without too much subtlety, with all its action concentrated into the pivotal moments.


The Cast

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Shah Rukh Khan / Pathaan

Deepika Padukone / Rubina Mohsin
John Abraham / Jim

Dimple Kapadia / Nandini
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Ashutosh Rana / Colonel Sunil Luthra
Salman Khan / Tiger
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Akash Bhatija / Amol
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Prakash Belawadi / Dr. Sahani

Movie Trailer


Movie title: Pathaan

Movie description: A soldier caught by enemies and presumed dead comes back to complete his mission, accompanied by old companions and foes.

Date published: March 26, 2023

Country: India

Duration: 146 mins

Director(s): Siddharth Anand

Writer(s): Shridhar Raghavan

Cinematography: Satchith Paulose

Music: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Ankit Balhara, Sanchit Balhara

Actor(s): Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia, Ilez Badurgov, Salman Khan, Ashutosh Rana

Genre: Action, Thriller, Comedy

Companies: Etalon Film, Yash Raj Films

Our Opinion

A film that lets itself be loved without too much subtlety, with all its action concentrated into the pivotal moments.


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