In a surprising development, the recently launched Hindi action film, Tiger 3, has become embroiled in controversy as it faces potential bans in several Gulf countries, including Qatar and Oman. According to Mashable Middle East citing the Middle East Monitor, the ban is reportedly tied to concerns over the film’s alleged negative portrayal of Muslims.
Alternative reports, such as those from Koimoi, suggest that the controversy may be related to a specific scene featuring the film’s lead actress, Katrina Kaif, engaging in a towel fight, as previewed in the trailer. This ban has sparked discussions on social media platforms, with speculation surrounding the reasons behind this decision.
While initial reports indicated a potential ban in Kuwait as well, subsequent information reveals that Tiger 3 is indeed available in Vox Cinemas Kuwait. However, the film remains unreleased in Vox Cinemas in Qatar and Oman. Vox Cinemas is currently screening the action epic in other Gulf countries such as the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, as reported by Mashable Middle East.
Despite receiving clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India, the film has faced objections from the governments and censor boards of Islamic countries, as reported by Box Office Worldwide through Koimoi. The makers of the film have not commented on the ban or indicated whether they plan to make any changes to address the concerns raised by Gulf nations. This ban is anticipated to impact the film’s overseas collections significantly, given that Gulf countries constitute a substantial market for Bollywood films.
Tiger 3, a part of the YRF Spy Universe, features Salman Khan and Katrina as the lead characters, Tiger and Zoya, respectively, with Emraan Hashmi playing the role of the antagonist. Despite achieving box office success during Diwali, being the highest-grossing Diwali release, the ban in key Gulf countries raises questions about the delicate balance filmmakers must strike to ensure cultural sensitivity and avoid international controversy.
As of now, the film’s producers have not issued any statements regarding the ban or indicated whether they plan to make alterations to the film. This unfolding situation is likely to impact the film’s international performance and prompt broader discussions about the cultural nuances filmmakers navigate in pursuit of a global audience.