Siddharth Anand is a name much in demand after the stupendous success of War last year.Both the War heroes Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff were keen do a sequel to War with Anand. But now it seems Anand has other plans. Rather than direct the sequel to War Siddharth Anand has opted to direct Shah Rukh Khan in his comeback film .
Entitled Pathan ,the film to go on the floors early 2021, will have Shah Rukh in an all-out action role,a first for King Khan and a challenge that both he and director Anand have already started preparing for.
In his his response to the rumours, when I asked him if Pathaan stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone ,Salman Khan and John Abraham, director Siddharth Anand had this to say: “Sorry, I can’t confirm or deny anything at this point as YRF(Yash Raj Films)’s PR handles all communications. I am bound by that unfortunately.”
However Siddharth didn’t deny the project or the cast. While Yash Raj Films refuses to divulge any details,a source in the know informs, “Only Shah Rukh Khan in the title role is confirmed. The rest is all speculation right now.And the fees being attributed to the supposed star cast is totally off the mark.”
Says a source close to the development, “Shah Rukh will be doing intricate action sequences for Pathan, the kind he has never done before.”
As for War 2, the producers Yash Raj Films have two options: either they wait for Siddharth Anand to complete Pathan, or the second film in the War franchise can be directed by another director. Yash Raj has decided to wait for Sidharth to finish Pathan before moving on to War.
One of producers Yashraj Films most successful film in recent times, War was just waiting to be turned into a franchise.
The good news is that director Siddharth Anand is already working his way into the script of the sequel.There was some (loose) talk that Anand may not return to direct the sequel. All false, as it turns out.
An informed source says, “War 2 is all set to start in mid-2020. At the moment all that can be said is that it’s going to be much bigger than the first War film.”
With Pathan and War all set for next year Siddharth Anand seems to have joined the ranks of the biggest directors in Bollywood.