All eyes were set on 2024, with Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor’ film Fighterbeing the the first big release of the year. The film is directed by Siddharth Anand, post the success of War and Pathaan. Fighter, which is released on January 25 coinciding with Republic Day.
The makers of the film Fighter starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, have been served with a legal notice by an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, objecting to a kissing scene involving the protagonists in military attire. The officer contends that such a depiction undermines the dignity of the uniform and violates the IAF’s code of conduct.
The notice was issued by Saumya Deep Das, an IAF officer from Assam, who claimed that the scene was an insult to the IAF and its officers. He also alleged that the film portrayed the IAF in a negative light by showing its pilots as reckless and irresponsible. He demanded that the scene be removed from the film and an apology be issued by the filmmakers.
Details Of Legal Notice On Fighter
The notice has been sent with the subject line ”Legal Notice for Defamation, Insult and Negative Impact of Indian Air Force and its Officers,” stating that the Indian Air Force uniform is not merely a piece of clothing, it is a powerful symbol of unwavering commitment to duty, national security and selfless service.
”It embodies the highest ideals of sacrifice, discipline, and unwavering dedication to protecting our nation. By utilizing this sacred symbol for a scene promoting personal romantic entanglements, the film grossly misrepresents its inherent dignity and devalues the profound sacrifices made by countless officers in service of our nation. Moreover, it normalizes inappropriate behaviour in uniform, setting a dangerous precedent that undermines the moral and ethical standards expected from those entrusted with safeguarding our borders,” the notice further reads.
Mentioning about the scene, the notice further reads, ”Kissing in uniform, on a runway which comes under the purview of a technical area, while portrayed as romantic, is considered grossly inappropriate and unbecoming of an IAF officer, as it contradicts the high standards of discipline and decorum expected from them.”
About Fighter’s Critical And Box Office Reception
Fighter is an action-drama film directed by Siddharth Anand, which is based on a story he co-wrote with Ramon Chibb. Hrithik Roshan plays Patty, a free spirited but skilled air force pilot, while Deepika Padukone plays Mini, another air force pilot and Kabir’s love interest. The film, which was released 12 days ago, has been a moderate box office success with grossing over Rs 310 crore worldwide. The film also features Anil Kapoor as Kabir’s mentor and commander.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, with some praising the performances, action sequences, and patriotic theme, while others criticizing the plot, dialogues, and realism. The film also references the 2019 Pulwama attack, 2019 Balakot airstrike, and 2019 India-Pakistan border clashes, which have been seen as controversial by some viewers.
Fighter Release Suspended In Middle East
The legal notice is not the first controversy that the film has faced. Fighter was banned from releasing in cinemas in Middle East countries except for UAE for allegedly showing people of a specific religion in a bad light. They re edited and re submitted the film but it was again rejected by censor.
The filmmakers have not yet responded to the legal notice over the kissing scene. It remains to be seen how they will deal with the issue and whether it will affect the film’s popularity and success.
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