The successful run of Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s action-packed film Fighter has been marred by a legal notice served to the film’s team by an officer of the Indian Air Force.
The notice, titled “Legal Notice for Defamation, Insult and Negative Impact of Indian Air Force and its Officers”, raises concerns regarding the portrayal of Indian Air Force pilots in the movie.
In the notice, Wing Commander Saumya Deep Das highlights that the Indian Air Force uniform symbolises more than just attire; it represents the utmost dedication to duty, national security, and selfless service.
The use of this sacred symbol in scenes depicting personal romantic interactions, particularly a kissing scene on a runway, is deemed inappropriate and disrespectful.
Such portrayal, according to the notice, misrepresents the dignity of the uniform and undermines the sacrifices made by officers in service of the nation.
The notice highlights that kissing in uniform, especially in a technical area like a runway, contradicts the high standards of discipline and decorum expected from Indian Air Force officers.
It raises concerns about normalising inappropriate behaviour in uniform, setting a precedent that compromises the moral and ethical standards of those entrusted with safeguarding the nation’s borders.
Fighter, released on January 25, has already grossed over Rs 300 crore worldwide, attracting audiences with its stellar cast, including Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, and Sanjeeda Sheikh.
However, this is not the first time the film has sparked controversy.
Earlier, Fighter faced a ban in several Middle Eastern countries, except for the UAE, over allegations of depicting people of a specific religion in a negative light.
Additionally, the Indian Censor Board suggested modifications before its release, leading to the removal of certain scenes, including the popular song Ishq Jaisa Kuch.
As the legal battle unfolds, Fighter continues to make headlines for reasons beyond its box office success, raising questions about artistic representation and the responsibility of filmmakers towards sensitive subjects.