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Pathaan: John Abraham was Shah Rukh Khan’s motivation to build abs

SRK and John joined hands in a movie for the first time thanks to Pathaan.

Pathaan: John Abraham was Shah Rukh Khan’s motivation to build abs
Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham in a still from Pathaan
  • Shaheen Irani, Aishwarya Vasudevan

Last Updated: 01.22 PM, Jan 30, 2023

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Even before Pathaan release, Shah Rukh Khan’s ripped physique was the talk of the town. Now, the actor revealed that his co-star John Abraham is to be credited for the same. John motivated SRK to work out and even trained him.

Shah Rukh Khan’s abs in Besharam Rang and Jhoome Jo Pathaan, apart from his first look from the sets, became a talking point even before the film or its trailer release. Of course, now the discussion has gone way beyond and SRK is back with a bang!

SRK held a press conference for Pathaan, where he spoke about his co-star John who was initially ignored but is now gaining equal limelight for various reasons. John is being appreciated as the dashing antagonist in his journey from Dhoom to Pathaan.

Like Shah Rukh correctly mentioned, John is also known for his ripped body. The actor’s most popular example of that is his shirtless (and almost bottomless) scene in Dostana.

SRK shared, “It was good that I worked with John. We didn’t get the opportunity to share screen space before, except for a small advertisement. He’s a really old friend of mine. When I came to Mumbai, we got to know each other but unfortunately we had not worked together.”

The actor hinted that John didn’t readily agree for the role but with a little convincing, he did. “Hamesha aisa kaha jaata hai ki ek maidaan mein do talwaare nahi reh sakti but I requested him and so did Sid (Siddharth Anand) and he was very kind. I was scared because if I have to act with John, then I need to be able to flaunt my body. Thus, I worked out and John helped me train in that too,” Shah Rukh Khan revealed.

SRK then jokingly revealed that he and John often got overwhelmed by one another. They love each other and it went to the extent of them accidentally kissing one another quite often.