No Fighter In GCC! Hrithik-Deepika Starrer Banned In Middle Eastern Countries, To Release Only In UAE

Bollywood action-thriller faces GCC ban, exclusive release in UAE.

by Deeplata Garde
No Fighter In GCC! Hrithik-Deepika Starrer Banned In Middle Eastern Countries, To Release Only In UAE

Thrilled about the upcoming movie, Fighter? Well, the Hrithik, Deepika and Anil Kapoor starrer has been a much-anticipated movie. But before hitting the theatres globally, this movie hit a major roadblock. As per official sources, there will be no Fighter release in Gulf Countries (GCC), except UAE. No specific reason has been provided by the censor boards to the media as of yet but the ban is confirmed. Here’s all about the upcoming action-thriller movie.

No Fighter In GCC!

 

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In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated action-thriller “Fighter” featuring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone will not see a release in Gulf countries, except for the United Arab Emirates. The news, reported by ANI, highlights that the film failed to secure approval from the Gulf Cooperation Council Censors (GCC), comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Reasons For The Ban Of Fighter In GCC

 

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The specific reasons behind the ban have not been disclosed, leaving fans and industry insiders speculating about the GCC’s decision. The GCC Censors conducted the screening on January 10, 2024. However, the official announcement of the film’s restriction in most Gulf countries came on January 23, 2024. That’s just two days before its scheduled release. This unexpected move is a significant setback for the film. Also, the Gulf region is a crucial market for Bollywood releases.

Plot And Characters

“Fighter” revolves around an Indian Air Force squad entrusted with a mission to safeguard the nation from imminent threats. The trailer, released a few days ago, showcases Hrithik Roshan as Squadron Leader Shamsher Pathania (Patty), and Deepika Padukone as Squadron Leader Minal Rathore (Minni). Anil Kapoor plays the role of Group Captain Rakesh Jai Singh (Rocky), with Sanjeeda Sheikh, Karan Singh Grover, Akshay Oberoi, Talat Aziz, and Aamir Naik in other pivotal roles.

Impact On Release Date

With the ban in most Gulf countries, “Fighter” faces a challenge in reaching a substantial international audience. The film, originally slated for release on January 25, 2024, will now have an exclusive premiere in the United Arab Emirates. This decision alters the film’s distribution strategy and highlights the complexities Bollywood films can face in navigating diverse international markets.

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