Controversy Surrounds Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s Fighter as Gulf Countries Ban Release, Except UAE

Ahead of its January 25 release in India, Fighter faces unexpected hurdles as Gulf countries, excluding the UAE, ban the film due to concerns over its portrayal of the Pulwama attack.

Upcoming action-packed film “Fighter” starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone is facing a ban in several Gulf countries, excluding the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ahead of its anticipated release in India on January 25, 2024. The film’s controversial narrative surrounding India’s response to the Pulwama terrorist attack.

Directed by Siddharth Anand and featuring Anil Kapoor, “Fighter” promises gripping storytelling and high-octane aerial action sequences, showcasing the Indian Air Force’s elite unit, the Air Dragons. The film’s trailer, which emphasized patriotism and India’s resilience in the face of terrorism, generated significant buzz.

However, the portrayal of the Pulwama attack in the film has triggered criticism from some quarters in Pakistan, accusing it of promoting an “anti-Pakistan narrative” and fostering “cheap hatred.” This backlash, coupled with the film’s sensitive subject matter, seems to have influenced the decision of Gulf censor boards to ban its release in those countries.

While specific reasons for the ban remain unclear, it is speculated to be a combination of the film’s controversial content and concerns over potential political repercussions in certain Gulf nations. Notably, the UAE stands as the sole exception to the ban.

Despite this setback, “Fighter” remains highly anticipated in India, with fans eagerly awaiting its Republic Day release. The film’s stellar cast, powerful visuals, and action-packed sequences are expected to attract large audiences to theaters across the country.

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