~ Starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, Fighter to be Directed by Siddharth Anand
Mumbai, 8th July, 2021: In the last decade, Viacom18 Studios has redefined Indian cinema with films that have been both critical and commercial successes, in genres as diverse as period dramas to thrillers and biopics to love stories. Now in an industry first move, Viacom18 Studios along with Marflix has embarked on the journey to create India’s first aerial action franchise – Fighter. A high-octane cinematic spectacle starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone in the lead, Fighter will be Directed by Siddharth Anand and Produced by Viacom18 Studios, Mamta Anand, Ramon Chibb and Anku Pande. The film is slated for a 2022 release.
Speaking about the project, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said: “ An aerial action film offers a unique Cinematic experience. Its 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 added, “Fighter is a dream project, and I am glad to have someone with Ajit’s vision to be partnering this 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 for a global audience ‘Fighter’ will see the latest technology and filming techniques. The film is expected to be shot at locations across the world, but the story is truly Indian that salutes the valour, sacrifice and patriotism of our armed forces.
Viacom18 Studios has an exhilarating line up of upcoming releases including Hindi films such as Laal Singh Chaddha and Shabaash Mithu, as well as Hollywood releases such as A Quiet Place II, Mission: Impossible 7, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins and PAW Patrol: The Movie. Its sister brand Tipping Point has already made a mark in the universe of OTT content with shows such as Jamtara, She, Taj Mahal 1989 and Ray.
About Viacom18 Studios
Viacom18 Studios is India’s finest fully integrated motion pictures studio that has emerged as a force to reckon with by delivering a stream of critically and commercially successful films. Offering differentiated and meaningful cinema, some of its iconic releases include Andhadhun (2018), Padmaavat (2018), Toilet– Ek Prem Katha (2017), Lucknow Central (2017), Drishyam (2015), Gabbar is Back (2015), Margarita with a Straw (2015), Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015), Mary Kom (2014), Queen (2014), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Madras Café (2013), to name a few. Viacom18 Studios is also one of the few studios to have successfully ventured into regional films across languages like Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and from the South. The Studio has also backed path-breaking and much-appreciated creative work in the form of hits like Bombay Talkies, Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, OMG – Oh My God! amongst others.
The strategic alliance with Paramount Pictures to market and distribute PPI line-up in the Indian sub-continent has seen blockbusters like Mission Impossible: The Fallout, Transformers: The Last Knight, Baywatch, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, A Quiet Place.
Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is one of India’s fastest growing entertainment networks and a house of iconic brands that offers multi-platform, multi-generational and multicultural brand experiences. A joint venture of Network18, which owns 51%, and ViacomCBS, with a 49% stake, Viacom18 defines entertainment in India by touching the lives of people through its properties on air, online, on ground, in shop and through cinema.