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Here’s Why Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ Is Banned In Some Gulf Countries


After a long hiatus which felt like a decade had passed, Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom is the first big budget Hindi movie which has been released in the cinema halls. The movie has garnered good reviews and is also making some good money at the box office. Since Bollywood has a  huge fan following across the globe , it is weird when a Hindi movie is ‘banned’ in a part of the world. Turns out, Bell Bottom has been banned in a few Gulf countries including Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for tampering the facts.

“The second half of Bell Bottom 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 the 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”, says a Bollywood Hungama report.  Some more recent reports cite that the UAE might not ban it and the screening would be allowed there.

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This espionage thriller is loosely based on true events following an undercover agent code- named Bellbottom who is on a mission to free hostages. The movie also stars Lara Dutta and Vaani Kapoor in important roles.

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