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Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Fighter’ banned in Middle East

Siddharth Anand's directorial Fighter, starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, is releasing worldwide on January 25 except for the Gulf nations

Under the direction of Siddharth Anand and featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor, “Fighter” promises an exhilarating cinematic experience with high-octane aerial action sequences and a compelling narrative centered around the Indian Air Force’s elite unit, the Air Dragons. The recently released trailer generated significant excitement, offering a glimpse into a film that encapsulates patriotism and India’s steadfast resolve in countering terrorism.

However, the movie has encountered criticism from certain quarters in Pakistan, particularly for its portrayal of the Pulwama attack. Accusations have surfaced, claiming that “Fighter” promotes an “anti-Pakistan narrative” and is accused of perpetuating “cheap hatred.” This critique, coupled with the film’s sensitive subject matter, has led to a ban imposed by Gulf censor boards.

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While the specific reasons behind the ban remain somewhat unclear, it is likely a combination of the film’s delicate subject matter and concerns over potential political repercussions in specific Gulf countries. Notably, the UAE stands as the sole exception, allowing the movie to be screened.

Despite this setback, “Fighter” continues to be highly anticipated in India, with fans eagerly awaiting its release on Republic Day. The film’s impressive visuals, intense action sequences, and star-studded cast are poised to attract large audiences to theaters across the country. The controversy surrounding its ban in certain regions adds an extra layer of intrigue to the film’s release, heightening interest and discussions surrounding its themes and portrayal of real-world events.

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