"Stop thinking that everything is inspired or copied."
Siddharth Anand has addressed the comparisons some have made between Top Gun and his upcoming film Fighter.
Fighter is touted as Bollywood’s first aerial-action film.
Adorned with adrenaline-pumping action, sublime romance, and powerful performances, the film promises to be an exciting extravaganza.
Since its teaser released, the film however drew comparisons to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, which is also famous for presenting action in the skies.
In an interview with Zoom, Siddharth Anand spoke about the comparisons, saying that Indian films deserve more respect.
The director explained: “I think it is inevitable. As a filmmaker, you have to be prepared for it.
“If you are making a film on planes, they will call it Top Gun, because they have no reference point.
“So, they believe that we are not so creative and we will do things that will be a rip-off.
“We need to start looking at our films with a little bit more respect and not constantly believe that things are being ripped off.
“People do get inspired even in the West by content that is created in the East.
“I have many instances where I did some sequences and those sequences were similar to a film that came out later in a very, very big franchise film in the West.
“I’m not saying they copied us. There’s no way they would copy us. So, let’s be real.
“There are only that many things you can do in action and there will be overlaps.
“You’ve just got to do it with an ‘X’ factor that makes it different and we just need to start being, as an audience, and as people on social media, a little bit more proud of your own country and your country’s work and stop thinking that everything is inspired or copied from the West.
“Watch the film and you’ll realise that Fighter is such a Desi film.
“That Top Gun conversation is going to be bitten to dust in the first five minutes of the film.”
Siddharth Anand also delved into how he does ‘fan-service’ in the way the actors are introduced in his films:
“People expect larger-than-life introductions and I make commercial films.
“So, I know that, as an audience when I’m in the theatre, where I want to whistle, where I want to scream and clap.
“So, I try to cater to that a little bit wherever I can in my film without losing integrity.”
Fighter marks the first collaboration between Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone.
It also stars Anil Kapoor in a pivotal role.
Fighter is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2024.