Renowned Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui has once again taken a swipe at a Bollywood film, this time targeting the recently-released action flick, “Fighter.” The movie, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor, had faced criticism from several Pakistani celebrities who labeled it as anti-Pakistan. Siddharth Anand directed the film, which garnered over ₹250 crore worldwide in its opening week but witnessed a decline in domestic box office numbers after its first Monday.
Adnan Siddiqui, who previously expressed his disapproval of the film’s trailer in January, took to social media to comment on “Fighter’s” box office performance. In his tweet, he advised the film’s team, saying, “A lesson to heed for Fighter team after your flop show: Do not insult your audience’s intelligence. They can discern agendas. Let entertainment be free from unnecessary politics.”
A lesson to heed for Fighter team after your flop show: Do not insult your audience’s intelligence. They can discern agendas. Let entertainment be free from unnecessary politics.
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) January 31, 2024
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Earlier, when reacting to the film’s trailer, Siddiqui had criticized Bollywood’s portrayal of Pakistanis as villains, stating, “Once celebrated for love, Bollywood now crafts hate-filled narratives, portraying us as villains.” He urged the industry to use art to promote love and peace instead of contributing to divisive narratives.
Once celebrated for love, Bollywood now crafts hate-filled narratives, portraying us as villains. Despite our love for your films, it’s disheartening. Art transcends boundaries; let’s use it to promote love and peace. Two nations, victims of politics, deserve better.
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) January 16, 2024
This is not the first instance of Adnan Siddiqui speaking out against Bollywood’s representation of Pakistan. In 2023, after watching Siddharth Malhotra’s “Mission Majnu,” he criticized the film for what he deemed as ‘misrepresentation’ and ‘factually incorrect’ portrayal of Pakistanis. Siddiqui had labeled the film as ‘distasteful’ and criticized its poor storytelling and execution.
In his critique, Siddiqui shared a photo on social media, symbolizing a thumbs-down, questioning the extent of misrepresentation in Bollywood. He urged the industry to invest in thorough research or even offered his assistance, highlighting key cultural inaccuracies depicted in the films.
Adnan Siddiqui’s outspoken stance against misrepresentation in Bollywood films continues to spark conversations about the importance of accurate and respectful portrayals of different cultures in the entertainment industry.
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