Bollywood producers to appeal UAE ban

Actor Riteish Deshmukh claims UAE censors have banned comedy 'Bangistan' for being offensive
‘Bangistan’ was set to be released in the UAE on August 7th but has been pulled from distribution.
‘Bangistan’ was set to be released in the UAE on August 7th but has been pulled from distribution.

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

Bangistan was set to be released in the UAE on August 7th 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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