Dubai: Indian director Rahul Dholakia’s film Lamhaa, a political drama based in strife-torn Kashmir, has been banned in the UAE due to “objectionable content”, local distributor Al Mansoor Video has confirmed.
A representative at Al Mansoor Video added that the film, starring Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu, and scheduled to have released on Thursday in the country, has not received a clearance certificate from the UAE Censor Board and the movie has been pulled from all the cinemas in the UAE.
The film has also been pulled from cinemas all across the region, according to media reports.
The film also stars Shenaz Patel, Yashpal Sharma, Vipin Sharma, Kunal Kapoor and Aman Verma amongst others.
The National Media Council in the UAE confirmed the ban on Lamhaa to Gulf News.
Following the development, lead actor Sanjay Dutt tweeted: “First the premiere of Lamhaa was not allowed in Kashmir. Now the Middle East puts a ban on the release of the film in their countries.”
Bipasha Basu, who plays a militant in the film, said in her tweet: “Sadly the people of Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Oman will not be able to watch it.”
Film director Rahul Dholakia told Gulf News over the phone from Mumbai: “I can’t believe that Lamhaa has been banned in the Middle East. I have made an honest film about Kashmiris. This entire banning has come as a shock to us.”
Producer Bunty Walia added that the ban will cost the film dearly. “I have seen the film and it speaks the truth. And it’s unfortunate that a movie which got a clearance from the Indian Censor Board is not being allowed to be screened in the Middle East.”