In a video released by Pathaan producers, Yash Raj Films, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that it was his dream to work as an action hero but eventually became a romantic hero, talking about the same he said: "I came to the film industry 32 years ago to be an action hero but I missed the boat because they made me a romantic hero instead. I've only wanted to be an action hero. I mean I love DDLJ and I love Rahul and Raj and all these good sweet boys but I always thought I was an action hero, so for me it's my dream come true."
Talking about his character in Pathaan, the superstar shared: "Pathaan is an easy guy, doing a lot of tough things and I think he's naughty, he's tough but doesn't wear it on his sleeve. He's trusting. He's honest and I think he very single-mindedly thinks of India as his mother."
Commenting on his reunion with Deepika Padukone and her impact in Pathaan, Khan said: "You need someone of the stature of Deepika to be able to pull off a song sequence like 'Besharam Rang' and then you know, to be able to do action, where she takes a guy and pulls him right over herself and beats him, she's tough enough to do that too. That kind of a combination could have only been achieved with someone like Deepika. It's a quite a layered character for an action film heroine so to say."
For the film, he has teamed up yet again with Padukone, and together they have doled out epic blockbusters like Om Shanti Om (2007), Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014).
Pathaan, which also stars John Abraham as the antagonist, releases on January 25, 2023 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.