Bell Bottom: Akshay Kumar’s film banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait?
Akshay Kumar recently released his spy-thriller Bell Bottom. According to the latest reports, the film is now banned in three gulf countries- Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait because of 'content not fit for exhibition' criteria
Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta starrer Bell Bottom was unleashed in theaters on August 19 globally. The spy-thriller is garnering great response from the audience. According to the latest reports, it is now banned in three gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. The film certification authorities in these countries have rejected the film due to allegedly tampering the historical facts.
Bell Bottom is the first big budget Bollywood film to make its way to theaters post COVID-19 pandemic. It is helmed by Ranjit M Tewari. The plot traces the life of Bell Bottom (portrayed by Akshay Kumar), a spy who helps Indian officials to free the people stuck in a plane hijacking. The movie is set in the backdrop of how this secret Indian spy helps the officials and operates against hijacking of a planes during early 1980s.
Talking about the three gulf countries imposing a ban on Bell Bottom’s release, a source informed Bollywood Hungama, “The second half of Bellbottom shows the hijackers taking the aircraft to Dubai from Lahore. As per the actual incident that took place in 1984, U.A.E Defence Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had personally handled the situation and it was the U.A.E authorities who had nabbed the hijackers. In Bellbottom, Indian officials, including the character played by Akshay Kumar, are shown as heroes of the episode. They also keep the U.A.E Defence Minister in dark about their operation. So there’s a strong possibility that the Censor Board in the Middle Eastern countries must have taken objection to it and hence banned it.”
The makers have not officially commented anything on the ban reports.
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