Siddharth Anand's Fighter released in theatres on January 25, but did not perform per expectations on the opening day. The film stars Hrithik Roshan as an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer. Now, in a new interview with Galatta Plus, director Siddharth Anand has addressed the average response of the film at the box office. His claim that Fighter is a completely new territory for the Indian audience as 90% of them have not flown in planes is grabbing attention.
In the interview with Galatta Plus, Siddharth Anand shared why he thinks Fighter did not do the opening day numbers as expected. He said, “Fighter is a huge leap. As filmmakers to do in this in the country, and the kind of genre it is. Its a space that is unexplored, and is absolutely new. It has no reference point for the audience, that means what they are seeing is a little... accha... such big stars, a commercial director, accha ye planes kya kar rahi he (what are these planes doing)? I am like is this my film, I don't know this. If you realize, there is a huge percentage of our country... I would say 90% who have not flown in planes! Who have not been to an airport! So how do you expect them to know what's happening in the air?”
Siddharth Anand is facing criticism for his comment about the reason for Fighter's box office performance. Speaking about the filmmaker's 2023 blockbuster Pathaan, a person tweeted, “Pathaan was hit because 90% Indians are RAW agents.” The spy film featured Shah Rukh Khan in lead role.
Another tweeted, “12th Fail was hit because 90% Indians are twelfth fail??” Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 2023 film 12th Fail is based on IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma's life, with Vikrant Massey playing the lead role. Manoj overcame poverty to become an IPS officer.
A third X user also joked, “And Dangal was a blockbuster because 130% indians are into wrestling.” The 2016 sports drama was directed by Nitesh Tiwari and was based on the life of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.
I mean I can understand #Tejas makers giving such random excuses.— Susim Mohanty (@altertwit) February 3, 2024
But this coming from a brilliant filmmaker like #SidharthAnand is very unfortunate.
Bro, grow up, accept the failure and move on.
You have a loyal fan waiting to see your next one in the theatres. ❤️#Fighter pic.twitter.com/k1h6MftjDU