Pathaan Movie ReviewBOTTOM LINE
Bang Bang Action


U/A, 2h 26m

Shah_Rukh_Khan_Pathaan_Movie_ReviewWhat Is the Film About?
Pathaan is a RAW agent who recruits a team of misfits with the sole purpose of serving the nation. Their first mission comes in the form of Outfit X, a private terrorist organization led by Jim. What is their deadly plan of Jim? How Pathaan and his team stop him from unleashing the terror is the movie’s core plot.

Shah Rukh Khan returns to the big screen after a long hiatus. Also, he changes track, goes for a makeover, and appears in an action avatar in the movie.

Enough care is taken physically, which can be seen in almost every scene. It also helps that there is a lot of action, which makes the whole bodily transformation worth it. Coming to acting, Shah Rukh Khan mostly underplays the part with glimpses of fun shown in between. Most of the role requires him to be intense, which he does with elan. In fact, it’s a walk in the park for him as those parts are few and don’t require heavy-duty emotions.

The styling part is a little iffy. It appears good in parts only. In the end, Pathaan is not a memorable role performance-wise from Shah Rukh Khan in any way, but it serves the purpose of delivering the needful in an action movie.

Deepika Padukone comparatively has a smaller role. But her presence is felt most of the time. It’s a role that offers her to be glamorous best and do some action. She scores on both fronts. There is a bit of drama thrown in too, but it isn’t impactful.

Siddhartha Anand directs Pathaan. It is an action thriller with a spy background and connects to previous films, Ek Tha Tiger and War, from the production house.

Given the genre and the over-exposure in recent times, there is hardly anything new in Pathaan plot-wise. The story follows the same expected beats and leads to a predictable end. The screenplay and a gripping narrative, therefore, become essential for the movie to click. Well, Pathaan does well in those departments.

Despite knowing what lies ahead, one is still glued to the proceedings for the most part. The casting and the larger-than-life execution with lots of action do the trick.

The first half is essentially a setup of the ‘spy universe’ in the making from the team. So we are introduced to other characters and essential players. We then have brief flashbacks explaining the background of the main leads. They slow down the proceedings before things take off around the pre-interval mark. The entertainment is a silly variety, but it works. There is a twist in the tale around the interval point. It isn’t that surprising but ends the first half on a positive note.

The second half is where the real action lies. It starts with one of the most enjoyable action block in recent years featuring the two Khans, Shah Rukh and Salman. It will surely make the fans go wild and also be exciting for a regular moviegoing audience.

What follows next is more action, this time with a dash of emotion. It all works out even though one knows how its going to happen. Predictability is a downer, but the executiin holds it together. The ending sets of things neatly for a new chapter in the spy universe.

Overall, Pathaan is a formulaic spy action thriller, but one that also manages to engage simultaneously. The action set pieces, and star presence does the needful. If you like larger-than-life action spectacles, even if predictable, give it a try, and that too on the big screen.

Deepika_Padukone_Pathaan_Movie_ReviewPerformances by Others Actors
John Abraham is the antagonist in the movie. He gets a role tailor-made for his physique. He is terrific in action sequences and does okay in the dramatic portions. Despite the short burst of appearances, he does leave an impact. After Dhoom, where he played a negative role, in Pathaan, too, he almost makes it a memorable outing.

Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana have vital roles in supporting parts. They bring their experience to the table and hold their own in this action-heavy tale. Dimple Kapadia, especially, has a good scene during the second half that is sure to register. The rest of the cast is adequate in their small bits and parts.

And last but not least, Salman Khan’s appearance in an extended cameo is a hoot. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say it’s the movie’s best sequence. It is entertaining, fan-pleasing, and crowd-pleasing simultaneously. The small chemistry moments between the two stars lighten up the screen.

Music and Other Departments?
Vishal and Shekar provide the film’s music, whereas Sanchit and Ankit Balhara give the background score. There are two songs in the movie, but only one is actually part of the narrative. It is a lovely listen and shot with oodles of glamor. The background score is loud, as one expects in action flicks. It is okay with a couple of pieces standing out.

Satchith Paulose’s cinematography is superb. The film bears an elegant look from the start. The production values are excellent from Yash Raj Films. Aarif Sheik’s editing is fine, even though some parts look a bit clumsy. The all-important action sequences are designed in a larger-than-life way with many over-the-top moments. Some bits look tacky due to the visibly poor VFX, but otherwise, nothing is there to complain about if the right expectations are set. The writing is adequate.

Action Blocks
Second Half

Regular Spy Action Story
Predictable Narrative

Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, In Parts

Will You Recommend It?

Pathaan Movie Review by Mirchi9