Jim (John Abraham), a former RAW agent gone rogue, is planning a dastardly attack on India that will result in cities getting wiped out. Only one person can prevent the attack- Pathaan (Shah Rukh Khan), a retired agent. Khan's former boss Nandini (Dimple Kapadia) summons him from vanvas (exile) as she is reminded that patriots never retire.
As the plot thickens, we are told through flashbacks (and more flashbacks) how Pathaan got his name, his early encounters with Jim, his first meeting with Rubiya (Deepika Padukone) and the fatal betrayal. Time and bruises have hardened Pathaan, but nothing can make him bow down.
The action sequences are true to the film's tag line- fasten your seat belts. Behind every successful clichéd Hindi hero and villain is a good fight, and I assure you, you can bet your money on Pathaan.
If Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff's showdown in War kept you on the edge of your seats, Shah Rukh and John's fistfights and blows are nothing short of whistle-worthy.