Viacom18 has joined the team of the upcoming film Fighter as a studio partner in partnership with Siddharth Anand’s brand Marflix, according to news reports. On Thursday, Viacom18 made the formal announcement on Twitter.
Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone star in the film, which is directed by Siddharth Anand. While making the official announcement, Viacom18 took to social media to post a video. “After a decade of entertaining you with hits that are close to your heart, we are all set to up the ante of your cinematic experience! Get ready to witness India’s first aerial action franchise #Fighter with @iHrithik and @deepikapadukone,” they tweeted.
Ajit Andhare, COO of Viacom18 Studios, stated of the project, “An aerial action film offers a unique Cinematic experience. It’s never been done in India. Being a Top Gun fan, I have been looking for a script for years that explores aerial action and has a story rooted in India. Fighter is that answer. Siddharth understands this genre & brings a unique flair to his films. I am excited to collaborate with him in building this franchise.”
Siddharth Anand went on to say, “Fighter is a dream project, and I am glad to have someone with Ajit’s vision to be partnering with me. With this film, we aim to put Indian films on the map for action-loving global theatrical audiences who crave for spectacle and the big screen experience.”
Designed with a global audience in mind Fighter will be exposed to the most cutting-edge equipment and filmmaking techniques. The film is expected to be shot in several locations around the world, but the plot is really Indian, honouring our armed services’ valour, sacrifice, and patriotism.
Fighter will be produced by Marflix in collaboration with Viacom18 as a studio partner. According to reports, it’s a blanket contract in which the studio owns practically all rights, from theatrical to internet to satellite. It is regarded to be the most significant financial transaction in the post-pandemic world.
For the first time in his career, Hrithik will play an air force officer in the film. The film will be released in India. The film, which has been made in Hindi, will also be released in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
After Hrithik finishes Vikram Vedha and The Night Manager, and Deepika finishes Pathan and The Intern, the film is expected to begin shooting in 2022.