“10 years into the film industry and it’s nothing short of a dream” — Jawan director Atlee reminisced about his early days, looking back at his decade-long directorial journey that began with the Arya-Nayanthara-starrer Raja Rani.
Sharing a heartfelt note on Instagram, the 37-year-old filmmaker on Friday thanked all the producers, music directors and actors he has worked with throughout his career. “It’s been a wonderful journey, you all have motivated me so much and made me break my barriers to go beyond. It’s just a beginning with all the learnings so far. God is so kind. Thank you so much and love you all ❤️.”
Sharing the posters of the five films he has directed so far, Atlee also acknowledged filmmaker Shankar as his mentor. He wrote a special note for Vijay, thanking him for standing by him. “Special thanks to my Anna Actor Vijay for being a constant support throughout,” he wrote. He also reserved special thanks for Shah Rukh Khan as he thanked the Bollywood star for trusting him with Jawan.
Atlee’s wife Priya also shared a note on Instagram, tracing the director’s journey from Raja Rani (2013) to Jawan (2023). “Having seen you as a friend, boyfriend, husband and father now, has been an incredible journey, I have not seen a dedicated and a hard working person like you papa,” she wrote alongside a collage of two pictures— one from the first time the couple met and the other, after their marriage.
“You are here only because of true hard work , respect and dedication towards your work , happy and proud to be a part of ur journey and will be forever ❤️❤️❤️.”
Atlee’s latest film, Jawan, stars Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi. Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Dutt made cameos in the film that was released on September 7.