Siddharth Anand, who is currently promoting his upcoming film Fighter, recently addressed the Top Gun comparisons that his film has been facing ever since its promos released a few weeks ago. Siddharth, who has previously directed Pathaan and War, said that his film is nothing like the Tom Cruise film and insisted that since there aren’t many films made within the world of fighter pilots, these comparisons are “inevitable”.
In a chat with Zoom, Siddharth said, “As a filmmaker, you have to be prepared that if you make 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, that we will do things that are 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.”
Siddharth Anand was presumably speaking about a sequence in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning that fans found similar to a sequence in Pathaan. He said, “I have many instances where… lately also where I did some sequences and those sequences were similar to a film that came out later, a very very big franchise film in the West.” He insisted that he was “not saying they copied us and there is no way they would copy us so let’s be real. There are only that many things that you can do in action. and there will be overlaps. You just have to do it with an X-factor that makes it different.”
Very similar shots in Pathaan and Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One. But no one will troll MI for this.
He reiterated that fans and social media users should be “proud” of the work that is being done in India and not assume that everything is copied from Hollywood. “We need to start being, as an audience and as people on social media, start being a little more proud of your own country and your country’s work and stop thinking that everything is inspired or copied from the West,” he said.
The director said that after watching the movie, one will realise that Fighter is a “desi film”. “That Top Gun conversation is going to bitten to dust in the first five minutes of the film,” he said.
Starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, Fighter is set to release on January 25.
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