“Stop calling Pathaan a cheap copy of Hollywood,” Director Siddharth thinks his film is beyond Bollywood

Pathaan director Siddharth Anand claimed to have seen not more than two Marvel movies and said that Bollywood works with greater limitations than Hollywood.

Pathaan is beyond Bollywood

After Pathaan made a marvelous collection at the Box Office, the flick is now been compared to hit Hollywood franchises such as James Bond, Mission Impossible, Fast and Furious, and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Director Siddharth Anand claimed why his movie is been compared in such a way.


Asked if he’s worried that his films will be called ‘paler imitations of Hollywood films’, Siddharth said, “That’s inevitable when you make a film that’s beyond the conventions of Bollywood films. You’re instantly compared to Hollywood, which obviously has better infrastructure, better technology, and huger budgets. It will always seem like we’re trying to imitate that, but our limitations are much more. We also have ambitions, our directors have the ability to mount films, but we’re limited by reach because our films are made in one language, which is Hindi. Our revenues are directly proportional to the budgets we can afford.”

Comparison with Marvel movies

Siddharth told Gulf News that he has only seen a couple of Marvel movies and that his 16-year-old son would be the one to tell him if he was coming close to stepping on somebody’s toes. The filmmaker said that it makes sense for him to familiarise himself with the Marvel movies, to avoid repeating what they’ve already done.

“I have to admit, I haven’t watched more than two MCU films. I’m not a fan of that genre. I’ve seen a couple of them. My son is a huge fan, and he’s an encyclopedia. He briefs me and keeps me up to date. I have to run my scripts and my sequences past him, and he’ll say, ‘No, dad, this is in that film. No, you can’t do this, this has already been done.’ I’m like, ‘What the hell do I do?’ So, I take ideas from him on how to maneuver things around. I think I should get on the bandwagon and start watching those films so that there’s no overlap,” the director said.


Meanwhile, on the work front, Siddharth Anand will next direct Fighter starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone. It will mark his second project with the stars after War and Pathaan, respectively. The film is set for Republic Day 2024 release.