Shah Rukh Khan’s now famous dialogue “Bete ko ha lagane se pehle, baap se baat kar” (Before you touch the son, deal with the father first) in Jawan was not initially part of the script, says the film’s dialogue writer Sumit Arora.
The dialogue had immediately caught the attention of Shah Rukh’s fans when it was first shown in the trailer of the action entertainer which was launched a week before its release on September 7. Many fans on social media have been piecing together the dialogue spoken by the superstar’s character. Vikram Rathore in the climax, reacting to his son Aryan Khan’s arrest in the drugs-on-cruise case in October 2021. Aryan was granted bail after spending 25 days in jail and was later given a clean chit.
Explaining how the dialogue became a part of the film, Arora said it was incorporated into the film on the day of shooting.
“It’s a story that makes you believe in the magic of filmmaking. That line was never there originally in our concept. The ‘moment’ when SRK sir’s character says that the line was always there and we all knew that It’s a powerful moment even without dialogue. But during filming, there was a sense that there had to be a line, that this man had to say something,” the writer said in a statement.
“I was there on set, so I was called in, and the first words out of my mouth given the situation were, ‘bete ko hath lagane se pehle, baap se baat kar‘. It felt like the most obvious and appropriate thing he could say at that moment. It just fits in. Director Atlee and SRK sir both felt it was right and the photo was taken,” he added.
Directed by Tamil filmmaker Atlee, the film features Shah Rukh in the role of Vikram Rathore and his son Azad. The film highlights various social and political issues through the story. Arora said the team did not expect the dialogue to resonate with people in such a way.
“The way SRK delivered it gave us goosebumps. But we never thought that sentence would become such a big hit and resonate with people in this way. As a writer, you can write only one sentence, but its fate depends on continue writing itself,” he said.
Arora’s upcoming projects include that of Kabir Khan Chandu Champion with Kartik Aaryan and an Indian version of “Citadel” directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna.
Jawan, a pan-Indian film, which also stars Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi and Deepika Padukone in special roles. It was released worldwide on September 7 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
It has grossed over Rs 600 crore at the worldwide box office.
A Red Chillies Entertainment presentation, Jawan is produced by Gauri Khan and co-produced by Gaurav Verma.
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