In a recent interview, Siddharth Anand, the director behind the much-anticipated film “Fighter,” starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, candidly discussed the movie’s reception at the box office. Despite high expectations, the film’s opening collections fell short of projections, prompting Anand to offer insights into potential contributing factors.
Director Siddharth Anand Analyzes Factors Influencing “Fighter’s” Box Office Performance
Released on January 25, “Fighter” faced the challenge of debuting on a non-holiday weekday, a decision that Anand acknowledges may have impacted its initial performance. Reflecting on the release strategy, Anand remarked on the challenges of scheduling screenings on a workday, noting that many potential viewers found it difficult to attend daytime shows due to work or school commitments.
Moreover, Anand highlighted a thematic aspect that may have hindered audience engagement: the film’s exploration of aviation and aerial action. Admitting that this genre represented a significant departure from conventional Bollywood fare, Anand speculated that the unfamiliarity with flight experiences among a large segment of the audience could have resulted in a disconnect. He emphasized that while the film’s exhilarating aerial sequences were intended to captivate audiences, they may have proven too unfamiliar for some viewers to fully appreciate.
Anand’s reflections on “Fighter” underscore the importance of managing expectations in line with the film’s content and release strategy. Despite its lukewarm opening, Anand remains confident in the film’s ability to resonate with audiences once they experience it in theaters.
“Fighter” features a stellar cast, including Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, Akshay Oberoi, and Sanjeeda Shaikh. Despite its initial reception, the film continues to screen in theaters, offering viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in its unique cinematic experience.