Fighter is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Viacom18 Studios and Marflix Pictures. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor, and serves as the first film in a planned aerial action franchise. The film was announced on 10 January 2021.

Fighter is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Viacom18 Studios and Marflix Pictures. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor, and serves as the first film in a planned aerial action franchise.

The film was announced on 10 January 2021. The pre-production was much delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Principal photography finally began in November 2022 with filming proceeding in various schedules across Assam, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir and Mumbai, and wrapped by late-October. Real life Indian Air Force cadets worked for the film. The film’s soundtrack album composed by the duo Vishal–Shekhar consists of five songs, with Satchith Paulose as the cinematographer. The visuals are handled by DNEG.

Fighter was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on 30 September 2022 but was delayed due to the production delays owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is scheduled to release theatrically on 25 January 2024, coinciding with the Republic Day weekend.

Siddharth Anand narrated the idea of making a big-budget action thriller against the backdrop of fighter jets while shooting the film War (2019). Hrithik Roshan loved the basic premise of the story. During COVID-19 lockdown in India, Anand worked on developing the story further and narrated it to Roshan, who later confirmed for the film. In December 2020, it was reported that Siddharth Anand and Hrithik Roshan are going to reunite for a film after War (2019)

Fighter was officially announced on 10 January 2021, on the occasion of Hrithik Roshan’s birthday.The film is the India’s first aerial action film. It is the first installment in its franchise. The film is produced by Siddharth Anand, Jyoti Deshpande, Ajit Andhare, Mamta Anand, Ramon Chibb and Anku Pande under banners Viacom18 Studios and Marflix Pictures. The film is being made on a budget of ₹250 crore.

Siddharth Anand, the director of the film stated, “We have gone on a different level. The audience has not seen something like this before in India at all. It is something we have not attempted before. It’s just impossible to make a film like this at the cost which we are making it at. It’s not possible. Certain things we are exploring are really special. I can’t talk about it as I want the people to see it when we launch the teaser. Hopefully, it will just blow their mind.”[18] The film is designed for a global audience, and would involve the use of latest technology and filming techniques

In January 2021, Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan were officially announced as the leads marking their maiden film together.Roshan portrays Patty, an air force officer. Roshan revealed his character as “young, spontaneous and short-tempered”. Padukone also plays an air force officer and has several action sequences in the film. Both Padukone and Roshan took martial arts training for their roles.[35] Anil Kapoor joined the cast in December 2021. Karan Singh Grover and Akshay Oberoi were roped in by November 2022. In March 2023, Talat Aziz joined the cast to play role of Patty’s father in the film.] In May 2023, Sanjeeda Sheikh was confirmed to play a key role

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