The highly-anticipated film, 'Fighter,' featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor, is set to hit cinemas on January 25. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the movie is hailed as India's first 'aerial action-drama.'
However, before its release ‘Fighter’ has stirred controversy, particularly across the border, with claims of it being 'anti-Pakistan.'
Notable Pakistani celebrities, including Hania Aamir, Adnan Siddiqui, and Zara Noor Abbas, have criticized the film, branding it as aggressive and accusing it of featuring anti-Pakistan sentiments. In response, Siddharth Anand defended the trailer during a recent press meet, addressing concerns raised by Pakistani stars.
Anand clarified that 'Fighter' is based on a true incident, depicting facts that are already in public knowledge. He emphasised that they haven't added anything new, urging those feeling offended by the trailer to watch the full film for a complete understanding of the context.
Regarding the accusations of being 'anti-Pakistan,' Anand stated, "Our film stands against terrorism and not another country. That's what our film stands for, to fight against terrorism. We have emphasised the same through 'Fighter,' and once you see it, you will understand."
Addressing claims of the trailer being 'jingoistic,' Anand expressed that he views it more as nationalistic than jingoistic. He urged viewers to watch the film before passing judgment, asserting that 'Fighter' is a patriotic film aimed at showcasing the fight against terrorism. The director emphasised that certain dialogues labeled as 'jingoistic' are contextually directed towards a terrorist character.
'Fighter,' also features Akshay Oberoi, Karan Singh Grover, Ashutosh Rana, and Sanjeeda Shaikh in key roles.