Filmmaker Siddharth reacts to Fighter getting legal notice over Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone kiss

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Mumbai/IBNS-CMEDIA: Filmmaker Siddharth Anand’s Fighter was served a legal notice over a kissing scene between Bollywood actors Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, who played the Indian Air Force (IAF) officers.

Speaking to The Times of India, Siddharth said, “This film is in complete conjunction with the IAF. IAF has been a co-collaborator on the film and has been a huge associate partner on our film.

“This film has gone through meticulous procedures with the IAF, right from the submission of the script, to the production planning, viewing the film before the censor saw it on the censor board, watching it again at the IAF, reviewing the film after the censor, and then giving us a physical copy of the NOC No Objection Certificate. After that, we got the certificate.”

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“We got the censor certificate. Then, we showed the entire film to everyone in the Air Force, including the Air Force Chief, Mr. Chaudhary, and over 100 Air Marshals from across the country.

“We called them and hosted a screening for them one day before the film’s release in Delhi, and they gave us a standing ovation,” he added.

IAF wing commander Saumya Deep Das in its legal notice slammed the film for allegedly normalising inappropriate behaviour in uniform.

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Hrithik and Deepika, who featured together in a film for the time, kissed towards the end of the film, which shows the lives of IAF officers.

The film, which has references to the 2019 Pulwama terror attack and IAF’s counter with an airstrike, has shown Hrithik and Deepika as romantically inclined to each other.

Earlier, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had given U/A certificate to Fighter after two cuts with one having “sexually suggested visuals”.

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The film, which also features Anil Kapoor in the lead, hit the big screens on January 25.