“Faulty screenplay, Silly VFX”: Anupama comes out of ‘Fan Girl Moment’ and criticizes Pathaan

Shah Rukh Khan is back on the big screen after 4 years with Pathaan. The Siddharth Anand directorial is one of the most-anticipated films of the year and cine-goers are all praise for the film. Film critic and Author, Anupama Chopra has reviewed Pathaan and given out her verdict.

Pathaan review by Anupama

Shah Rukh Khan’s highly-anticipated film was finally released on 25th January, with the first shows starting at 6 am in different cities across the country. Backed by Yash Raj Films and directed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan stars SRK, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham in the lead.


Early reviews of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan suggested that the film is going to be a blockbuster. On Twitter, several viewers shared clips of the movie recorded from movie theatres that show people cheering for SRK. Several critics too lauded the film including notable trade analyst Taran Adarsh who called Pathaan a blockbuster movie.

Meanwhile, Anupama Copra, Film Companion’s critic, too reviewed the film and gave out an honest verdict.

“The wait was worth it. Pathaan is many things, starting with the come-back vehicle for Shah Rukh after a 4 years hiatus. His previous 2 films did not do much but with Pathaan SRK gets his groove back. From his introduction scene to his end sequence, co-writer, and director Siddharth Anand tips his hat on 3 decades of stardom, Shah Rukh commands the frame.”


Negative points

“The film’s fault is the screenplay, which is way down by convoluted chronology and in places the VFX wobbles. Siddharth has the talent to orchestrate big-scale mayhem, but at times it feels like he is too enamored by his own set pieces.”

“The plot hopscotches around several countries and some sequences appeared to be reverse-engineered from the location. Like the action sequence on a frozen lake in Russia, at times the quality of the VFX doesn’t seem to keep pace with Siddharth’s imagination. Like Pathaan and Jim (John Abraham) chase each other on the jet pack or the elaborate heist in Moscow, they are dangerously close to silly.”

“This film is designed to provide a continuous visceral rush of sensation. But there are sequences where the energy Flags. Siddharth’s script loosens but thankfully he manages to steer back on course with scenes that show people sacrificing their life for the country. End of the day Pathaan serves us plateable patriotism.”


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