As Shah Rukh Khan's ‘Jawan’ hits the cinema screens this week, the filmmakers decided to address seven questions to mark the September 7 release date of the much-hyped blockbuster.
For SRK: Is it true that [director] Atlee and you wanted to work together for a long time?
I met with Atlee during the making of ‘Bigil’ and he went for the match of CSK and KKR. Ahead of this, Atlee had spoken to me on an idea for ‘Jawan’ saying, 'It's you, Sir, along with five girls and that's my film because my wife Priya and myself really feel that you look the nicest when you have a bunch of ladies with you in a film' and that's how ‘Jawan’ started.
For Vijay Setupathi: How did you get the role of villain in ‘Jawan’ and are you the real villain in the film or Shah Rukh Khan is?
Setupathi reminisces about his interaction with SRK and Atlee. He told SRK, 'Sir I wanted to be a part of your film', to which SRK replied: 'We were also thinking of you for the past few years' and that's how he got into this film. Moreover, while addressing who the real villain is in the film, him or Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay smartly answered both are playing their roles and are villains for each other.
For SRK: Are you the villain or hero or vill-hero? Let us in on your secret?
“It's a common man, doing uncommon things for the common good of everybody.”
For Vijay Setupathi: Your experience working with Shah Rukh Khan?
While answering this, Vijay mentioned how he enjoys the way SRK gives interviews, with spontaneity and how intrigued he is! And how he keeps asking him lots of questions to know more about him as a person.
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For SRK: Are you an action hero or just a guy with a great insurance policy?
SRK responded to this humorously, saying my insurance policy is over! As he has been injured so many times no one wants to insure him. He added, the only reason he likes doing action films is because his youngest son Abram loves cool films with action, anime and superheroes and he wants to do cool action films for him.
For Vijay Setupathi: How do you prepare for such an intense antagonist role?
“I just know that I am good at choosing scripts and I do not want to bring anything else into my headspace, I believe that it spoils the artist in my mind which I do not want to do.”
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For SRK: What was your that is why I signed up for ‘Jawan’ moment?
“There is a shot where I am introduced as the bald hero (does the clapping action) and I remember Atlee putting a lot of powder in my hand and I think I sneezed also doing that shot, but when I finally saw the shot, and that’s my moment for doing ‘Jawan’.”
The superstar signed off with a message to his fans to enjoy ‘Jawan’ as the Red Chillies Entertainment film is released by Yash Raj Films in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.