Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Fighter’ banned in Gulf, except the UAE

Hrithik Roshan's 'Fighter' banned in Gulf

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s fans residing in Gulf countries who were eagerly anticipating the release of their film ‘Fighter’ have received disappointing news. According to Girish Johar, a film business expert and producer, the movie has been officially banned for theatrical release across the Middle East regions, except for the UAE where it will be released with a PG15 classification. The specific reason for the ban has not been disclosed at this time.

Despite facing obstacles with the censor board in Gulf countries, ‘Fighter’, an aerial action thriller, is set to hit Indian theaters on January 25. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film also features Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, and Akshay Oberoi.

The storyline of the movie revolves around the Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Armed Forces near the town of Balakot in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. This airstrike was carried out in response to a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly orchestrated by the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The attack resulted in the loss of nearly 40 CRPF soldiers.

Hrithik Roshan's 'Fighter' banned in Gulf except the UAE

Deepika Padukone and Siddharth Anand have collaborated for the third time in their upcoming film. Their previous movies together include “Bachna Ae Haseeno” in 2008 and the blockbuster “Pathaan” in 2023. Similarly, Siddharth Anand has also teamed up with Hrithik Roshan for the third time. Their first film, “Bang Bang!”, had a budget of ₹160 crore and earned ₹340 crore worldwide. Their second collaboration, “War,” was made with a budget of ₹150 crore and grossed ₹471 crore, featuring Tiger Shroff alongside them.

In this new film, Hrithik Roshan portrays the character of Squadron Leader Shamsher Pathania, also known as Patty, while Deepika Padukone plays the role of Squadron Leader Minal Rathore, also known as Minni. Additionally, veteran actor Anil Kapoor takes on the role of Group Captain Rakesh Jai Singh, also known as Rocky.

Siddharth Anand expressed his excitement about the film, stating, “My wife Mamta and I established our film company, MARFLIX, with the film #FIGHTER. This film holds great significance for us as it is not just a movie but a project that encompasses various ambitions. We have poured our hearts into it. As we enter 2024, we are filled with nervousness and anticipation. We hope that you will shower the same love on ‘FIGHTER’ as you did on ‘PATHAAN.’ Happy New Year, everyone! See you at the movies on 25th January.”

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