Bollywood producers to appeal UAE ban

Actor Riteish Deshmukh claims UAE censors have banned distribution of comedy ‘Bangistan’ for being offensive

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Bollywood star Riteish Deshmukh has hit out at UAE censors for banning his latest movie, comedy Bangistan, and confirmed producers plan to appeal the decision.

‘Bangistan’ was set to be released in the UAE on August 7 but has been pulled from distribution after censors found elements of the film to be offensive, producers confirmed.

'It is very disappointing that the Censor board finds the film offensive, as there is no such content in the film. We shall be sending it to the re-examining committee,' leading star Riteish Deshmukh said in a statement on Wednesday.

The movie is described as 'a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism,' and focuses on the futility of violence, religious divisions, cultural prejudice, and promoting the message of peace, religious unity and harmony in society.

'Bangistan' tells the story of two unlikely terrorists who are recruited to disrupt a peace conference in Poland and also stars Indian stars Pulkit Samrat, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Jacqueline Fernandez.

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