Siddharth Anand’s aerial action film, Fighter was released in the theatres on 25 January 2024. The film featured Hrithik Roshan as the male lead, Deepika Padukone as the female lead, and debutante, Rishab Sawhney as the main antagonist. Rishabh grabbed a lot of attention for his performance as the main villain in the aerial action film. However, self-proclaimed critic, KRK has now made a shocking claim against the actor stating that he “paid” Siddharth Anand a huge amount of money to cast him in the film, Fighter.
In one of his Youtube videos, KRK claimed that Fighter antagonist and debutante, Rishab Sawhney hails from a very wealthy family. He said that the actor is the son of a very well-known and wealthy builder in Noida, and had allegedly paid a whopping 25cr to Fighter director Siddharth Anand to cast him as the main antagonist in the film.
In his video, KRK went on and claimed that just like Rishabh, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh also made his entry into the Bollywood film industry in a very similar way, by paying money to cast him in the films. KRK claimed that Ranveer’s father is also a very wealthy builder who also paid 25 crores to YRF to launch him.
Reacting to the video, many Reddit users agreed with KRK. A user wrote, “ykw. I am somewhat inclined to believe this asshole because when I watched the movie even I was perplexed why so much screen time was being given to this newcomer. It was at par with Anil Kapoor or maybe even Deepika. And if Shahid’s fate in Padmavat has taught us anything it’s clear to us that no other side character’s role is that important”.
Criticising Rishabh’s performance in the film another user wrote, “idk why sid would need the money tho? but this guy was so bad in the movie and so lacking in acting skills that i really have to wonder why he was cast in such an important role.”
On the other hand, Ranveer Singh has previously addressed and denied the rumors about paid casting and told Filmfare, “There were rumors that my father gave Rs 10 lakh to Aditya Chopra, to get me launched. That really hurt me, it brought my whole upbringing into question”.