With Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and Huma Qureshi, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar returned in theatres with his much-anticipated film Bellbottom. The film was released in Indian theatres on August 19, however Maharashtra is yet to reopen its cinemas. Meanwhile, it is being shown in a limited number of theatres around the world.
Bellbottom has now been approved for theatrical release in the United Arab Emirates by the Censor Board. On August 20, 2021, the film will be released.
However, the film is said to be banned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait due to content that isn’t suitable for public viewing.
A source informed BH, “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.”