Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone starrer Fighter released in the theatres on 25th January. The film did not perform well on the opening day. Now, in a recent interview with Galatta Plus, director Siddharth Anand has reacted to the average response of the film at the box office. Siddharth Anand claimed that Fighter failed to get a good response because ‘90% Indians haven’t flown in planes’.
Siddharth Anand reacts to Fighter failure
The filmmaker said, “Fighter is a huge leap. As filmmakers to do in this in the country, and the kind of genre it is. It’s 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? 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 added, “This is my dissection. They felt like this is a little alien. How many percentage of Indians… I mean this is a variation, for an academic discussion, how many of them have a passport? How many travelled in a plane? You are talking about plane’s action. They have not understood what is the exhilaration that they are supposed to feel the action? There’s a certain initial disconnect like ‘Mujhe nahi pata ye kya hai’. But once you enter the auditorium, you realize this is such a basic film. It is an emotional kahaani, a very desi story. It appeals to the lowest common denominator as a story. The genre of it is very new and I think that was the initial hesitance.”
For the unversed, Fighter has crossed the Rs 250 crores at the worldwide box office. On the other hand, Fighter also stars Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, and Akshay Oberoi.
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