In a recent media interview, Pathaan director Siddharth Anand spoke about John Abraham being the only choice to play the antagonist in the movie. The director was thrilled when Abraham said yes to Pathaan.
"For Pathaan to be larger than life, we needed to have a towering villain who is equally larger than life. We wanted someone who is ruthless and suave and commands an electric presence on screen. So the villain in Pathaan was written keeping John Abraham in mind."
He added, "He was our first and only choice, and we were certain that we wanted a villain that they would cherish forever. I'm delighted to see the response that people have showered on John as he takes on Shah Rukh Khan in a blood-soaked, adrenaline-pumping rivalry that will be epic in every sense possible."