On Wednesday morning, reports of Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone's Pathan director Sidharth Anand slapping an assistant director on the film's sets started making rounds on the internet after an entertainment website incorrectly reported the incident. Now, a trade source has rubbished reports of the same. It was earlier said that the situation got so out of hand that the shoot was stalled for the rest of the day.
An industry source gave us accurate information of the incident that happened and said, “The report that director Siddharth Anand and an assistant director got into a fight is absolutely baseless and untrue. Sid and his team share a bond beyond years and they all look up to him as their big brother. The truth of the matter is that a light-man was slightly injured while doing his job and he was being tended to. Thankfully, it wasn’t serious. But a junior artist was taking a video of the incident with an ulterior motive to circulate it. Siddharth Anand first instructed the said person not to do the same as it was highly insensitive. However, he was slyly trying to do the same again. That’s when the director, as the leader of the team, sternly asked him to hand over his mobile phone and exit the set. Sid was upset that someone can be so insensitive. The junior artist, however, tried to become aggressive and the security immediately escorted him out of the sets. That’s the plain truth. Nobody got physical on the sets and there CERTAINLY was no slapping. It is utterly incorrect.”
Earlier, a source was quoted as telling Bollywood Hungama that Siddharth has a ‘certain temperament’ on the set and did not appreciate a certain assistant using his phone, leading to a heated argument between them. The report claimed that things escalated when Siddharth found out that the assistant was abusing him and saying nasty things about him to other crew members. The director allegedly lost his cool and slapped the assistant, who slapped him back.
Pathan also stars John Abraham and Dimple Kapadia. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the project is said to release in theatres this Diwali and will mark the comeback of superstar SRK after his 2018 film Zero.