The new Fighter teaser has drawn criticism for its anti-Pakistan message. The teaser, starring Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, and Anil Kapoor, has aroused worries regarding India’s ownership of Kashmir and the ramifications of “Indian Occupied Pakistan” (IOP) if responded to forcefully.
The frightening, false, and entitled trailer has prompted many notable Pakistani artists and figures to speak out. On X, acclaimed actor Adnan Siddiqui said, “Bollywood now portrays us as criminals instead of lovers. It’s disappointing, despite our enthusiasm for your films. Art transcends boundaries—use it to spread love and peace. Two politically victimized nations deserve better.”
Hania Aamir, beloved across the border, wrote on her Instagram Story, “Sad and awful that artists in this day and age are aware of cinema’s power and yet feed the riff between the two countries. Artists who trust their art as a vehicle to bridge the gap are unfortunate. Distasteful. Let art live.”
Actor Hira Khan also commented on the clip. The tea was great, right? You failed to say, “The tea was fantastic.” Your dreams—IOP.” said, “Sad that such big superstars need to bash Pakistan to make [their] movies.”
Zara Noor Abbas Siddiqui posted on her Instagram Story that she was enthused about the film but lost interest after seeing the teaser. The actor also addressed the trailer’s errors, saying, “It’s funny to see Hrithik Roshan declare India owns Kashmir while Pakistan occupies Kashmir. Want to ask Kashmiris who they serve? Since they serve nobody, Kashmiris deserve independence, period. India must stop enslaving Kashmiris. That story is outdated.”
She added, “If you copied Top Gun, do it better. Discuss additional things like plane nut bolts you can’t fix. But maybe get over the concept that you guys can conquer Pakistan or Pakistan can occupy India since we are all subcontinental. Isn’t it preferable to create love? No, you cannot. Why? Obviously, Modi won’t let you, right?”
On his Instagram Story, actor Asad Siddiqui discussed the controversial trailer. He said, “Same old chronicle!” “Do you guys get weary of selling the same nonsense?! Grow up, boys! Why peddle this cheap hatred myth when the world is maturing? Could have promoted peace. Isn’t there enough hatred in the world that you had to increase it through movies?”
He added, “We must encourage global peace over hate. With this movie, what are you proving? How about verifying global knowledge? You came, we fired your MiG-21, captured your pilot, and released him with a great cup of tea. Wake up, boys!”
Asad added, “Who on earth decides Kashmiris’ fate?! The world is witnessing your decades-long treatment of innocent people. In conclusion, I love my Indian friends and family. Respect for them to enjoy our work, but fostering animosity between neighbors for no reason degrades those who died for global peace. Our creative arts background gives us the finest chance and obligation to disseminate reconciliation through [coexistence] mandates. Avoid creating such content. Guys, get over it!”
Fighter becomes a key topic in the entertainment industry’s ethical discourse. Current evaluations of the film’s storytelling decisions focus on its potential impact on India-Pakistan diplomatic relations and public opinion.