Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar
New Delhi : In a setback for actor Akshay Kumar, three gulf nations have banned the movie from premier in theatres. The film certification authorities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have banned the screening of ‘BellBottom’ in their countries because of alleged ‘tampering with historical facts’.
Akshay Kumar's 'Bell Bottom' movie had released in theatres on August 19 worldwide. It received good comments from both the critics and watchers.
"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, United Arab Emirates Defence Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had personally handled the situation and it was the UAE authorities who had nabbed the hijackers," Bollywood Hungama quoted a source as saying.
"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 source added.
The film features an ensemble star cast of Adil Hussain, Lara Dutta, Denzil Smith, Huma Qureshi and Vaani Kapoor.
The film released across India with 50% occupancy. On Friday (August 20), the film raked in Rs 2.75 crore in box office credits while on Saturday, it garnered Rs 2.40 crore, as per a Bollywood Hungama report.