Shah Rukh Khan Says Jawan And Pathaan Were Not ‘Mass Cinema’: ‘We Analyse Films A Lot’

Dunki, directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Shah Rukh Khan, opened in theaters on Thursday. Following the success of SRK’s Jawan and Pathaan earlier this year, there is speculation that Dunki, which is not billed as a mass entertainer, would be able to captivate the audience’s interest in the same way as his previous two films.

“I feel we kind of analyze films a lot,” Shah Rukh replied when asked about it.

We keep talking about how mass-oriented and content-oriented we are. Films, in my opinion, are primarily intended for enjoyment. They make us feel wonderful and entertain us in whichever way they can. Jawan and Pathaan, in my opinion, were not mass cinema, but rather delightful flicks. I hope they were enjoyable.”

After that, the actor lauded Dunki filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, saying, “There has never been a more entertaining director than Rajkumar Hirani.”

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Shah Rukh Khan adored Rajkumar Hirani and how he simplifies everything. The actor recalled how Pathaan director Siddharth Anand insisted on visiting the Dunki set to observe Hirani. “I was shooting Pathaan or maybe the shooting had just finished,” he explained, “and Siddharth Anand told me, ‘Yaar, mujhe na Raju sir ke set pe aana hai.” I’m curious to see how he directs. I’m curious to see how he makes those lines work.’ And he arrived at night.”

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Dunki, which also stars Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Anil Grover, Boman Irani, and Vikram Kochhar, received mixed reviews upon its release. Shubhra Gupta, a film critic for the Indian Express, scored the film 1.5 stars.

“The writing is shockingly flat: whatever happened to the Hirani-Abhijat Joshi zest?” said one reviewer. Only Vicky Kaushal makes an impression: his brief but unforgettable arc reminds you of the earlier Hirani, who could make you laugh and cry. But what about this one? Sorry about that, hun.”

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