Akshay Oberoi chats to HT about his forthcoming movie Fighter, an aerial action comedy with Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan.
Akshay Oberoi is among the cast members of Siddharth Anand’s upcoming film, Fighter, and is steadily breaking into the mainstream. The actor most recently watched Gaslight on Disney+ Hotstar, a suspenseful thriller. He is now shooting for another project while taking a brief break from the Fighter shoot. Regardless of how big or small the job is, he believes in working as much as possible. He claims that Fighter will be the best aerial action entertainment ever made, filling a need in what Indian cinema has so far failed to deliver.
Siddharth Anand’s Pathaan had numerous stunning airborne action sequences, similar to the premise of Fighter. Given that the two films are being directed by the same person, Akshay is asked how different Fighter will be from Pathaan. He responds, “There are definitely many things he has taken from his Pathaan experience, it had a lot of action and VFX and that only gave Sid more experience. However, that makes Fighter considerably heavier. You probably haven’t witnessed aerial combat including fighter jets and actual battles like this. We have a fantastic US-based VFX team. When the trailer comes out, people will be blown away.”
However, Akshay has a different relationship with Hrithik because he saw the actor’s debut movie in New Jersey when he was a teenager. He is a person I idolised growing up. In a theatre in New Jersey, where I grew up, I can still clearly remember seeing him for the first time. My folks were quite eager to see the movie Kaho Naa…Pyar Hai after I had just finished a play practise. I was between the ages of 14 and 15. Why are you so excited to see the movie? I questioned my father. “Aapko picture kyu dekhni hai itni zor se, aap itne utawale kyu hore ho?”