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Director Atlee Sets His Sights on Oscars for ‘Jawan,’ Hints at Conversation with Shah Rukh Khan

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Director Atlee, who helmed the star-studded film ‘Jawan’ featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi, is now eyeing the prestigious Oscars after the movie’s global box office success, having crossed the ₹800 crore mark.

In an interview with ETimes, Atlee expressed his aspirations for ‘Jawan’ at the Oscars, stating, “Of course, even ‘Jawan’ should go, if everything falls in place. I think every effort, everybody, every director, every technician who is working in cinema, their eyes are on the Golden Globes, Oscars, National Awards, every award. So, definitely, yeah, I would love to take ‘Jawan’ to the Oscars. Let’s see. I think Khan sir will watch and read this interview. I will also ask him over a call ‘Sir, should we take this film to the Oscars?”

‘Jawan,’ a high-octane action thriller directed by Atlee, tells the story of a man’s emotional journey as he strives to rectify societal wrongs. Shah Rukh Khan takes on a dual role in the film, portraying Vikram Rathore and his son Azad. The film addresses social and political issues and features an ensemble cast, including Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Dutt, and others in special cameo appearances.

‘Jawan’ has enjoyed immense success, swiftly entering the ₹800 crore club at the global box office. In India, it is on the verge of reaching ₹500 crore, making it the fastest Hindi film to surpass the ₹400 crore mark domestically.

This collaboration marks the first time Shah Rukh Khan has worked with Atlee. Speaking about their partnership, Atlee commended Khan’s down-to-earth nature, stating, “He is a very basic human and has a basic heart. We had to tell him that you are Shah Rukh Khan, sir. He is a very basic human by nature…He is always the same. He can never be changed.”

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