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Critical Review: Hrithik Roshan in ‘Fighter’


The release of “Fighter” starring Hrithik Roshan has sparked controversy and criticism, with many pointing out its lack of imagination and reliance on hyper-nationalist themes.

The movie, directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, follows the story of Squadron Leader Shamsher Pathania, played by Hrithik Roshan, who displays a haughty arrogance and penchant for stunts reminiscent of Top Gun. The narrative revolves around Pathania’s redemption arc, despite his emotionally stunted character failing to garner sympathy from the audience.

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Despite moments of Bollywood tokenism, such as the inclusion of diverse characters like Squadron Leader Minal Rathore, played by Deepika Padukone, and references to secular and humane values, the film ultimately falls short in its portrayal of complex issues.

Kashmir is depicted as little more than a backdrop for the story, with few Kashmiris visible on screen and armed soldiers dominating the scenes. The portrayal of Pakistan’s armed forces and the depiction of terrorist organizations like Jaish-e-Muhammad perpetuate negative stereotypes and oversimplify geopolitical conflicts.

Anil Kapoor’s character, Group Captain Rakesh Jaisingh, serves as a foil to Pathania’s impulsive behavior, but ultimately fails to provide meaningful depth to the narrative. Pathania’s reckless actions, including disobeying commands and risking a court martial, are portrayed as heroic rather than irresponsible.

Overall, “Fighter” is criticized for its lack of originality, reliance on nationalist tropes, and superficial treatment of complex issues. Despite moments of Bollywood charm, the film fails to deliver a compelling narrative or meaningful character development.