The Dubai PR didn’t work for the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom. As per the latest news, the film has now been debarred for screening in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. Akshay’s latest screen outing that became the first film to be releasing in theatres amid the second wave of the pandemic in India, was met with good reviews. However, despite all the good word of mouth, the UAE authorities didn’t clear it for screening there.
Bell Bottom, directed by Ranjit Tewari, is motivated by true events during the sovereignty of Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister of India. The film describes the story of the 1984 plane hijack in which a group of dissenters first landed the plane in Lahore and then took it to Dubai. The story shows a RAW agent with the code name Bell Bottom freeing the passengers with a covet operation in Dubai. However, the UAE authorities believe that there are factual errors in the film.
As per them, it was the UAE authorities who had conducted the entire operation to free the Indian passengers and nab the hijackers in the 1984 plane hijack incident, under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashi Al Maktoum, the Defence Minister at that time.
Bell Bottom depicts Akshay’s character leading the charge of the job while keeping the UAE Defence Minister unaware of the whole episode. There is a strong possibility that the Censor Board in the Middle Eastern countries must have taken objection to it and hence banned it. In the meantime, the makers of Bell Bottom are being lauded for releasing the film despite cinemas operating only at 50 percent capacity due to the pandemic.