"I was just running on steam."
Hrithik Roshan disclosed that he underwent body transformations not once, but three times for Fighter.
In an interview with Film Companion, he confessed to smoking cigarettes as a form of celebration after completing the perfect body shots for the aerial action entertainer.
However, this decision backfired, as the actor experienced an increased heartbeat and described the experience as a disaster.
Hrithik Roshan said: “It was incredibly difficult and I had to shoot three songs back to back while I was doing transformation, which meant there was no fuel and I was just running on steam.
“When the day came and my body shot got done, it got over, I was so happy and relieved.
“But nothing was filling me up. I had gajar ka halwa, ice cream, I had not planned for the reward, I had only planned to be in this Fighter flight mode and get this done.
“I was like, ‘What do I do? What do I do?’. So, I picked up a cigarette and started smoking.
“I went into the other deep end and that’s a learning in itself because, in one week, my resting heart rate went up from 45 to 75.
“It’s that bad for you. So, I stopped. But it was a disaster.
“We only plan, schedule and brainstorm about the building, but what happens after the victory? That also needs a plan.”
In related news, although Fighter has only recently premiered in cinemas, director Siddharth Anand has already been questioned about the possibility of a sequel to the blockbuster.
The filmmaker explained: “I think the love of the audience will decide what we will do.
“We would love to make Fighter 2 a larger story.
“We have some great ideas that we want to put it down to.”
However, Siddharth also expressed his uncertainty about becoming comfortable.
He said: “I’m probably one of the few directors who has not made a sequel yet.
“Every director in this country or rather one of the top directors of the country has all made sequels.
“There is no director who has not made a sequel.
“So, I am probably the one who has not made a sequel, and I am refraining from that. I don’t want to make sequels yet.
“I want to keep creating new characters and new stories.
“Otherwise, what happens is there is a certain comfort zone in the sequels.
“You start relying on the nostalgia and try to match that. That’s where my stagnation will happen.
“That’s where I will stagnate. I feel that I may be wrong, but I want to just keep challenging myself.
“Sequel, I feel is a very comfort space and I don’t want to get comfortable right now.”
Fighter features Hrithik Roshan in the role of Squadron Leader Shamsher Pathania, also known as Patty.
The film also stars Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, and Akshay Oberoi.
Fighter has received rave reviews and positive feedback from audiences.
Viacom18 Studios, in collaboration with Marflix Pictures, backs the film.
Fighter was released on January 25, 2024. It has currently earned over Rs. 199 crores (£17 million).