The newly released action-packed Bollywood film Tiger 3 faces potential bans in several Gulf countries, including Qatar and Oman, creating a stir in the entertainment world. Reports from Mashable Middle East, citing the Middle East Monitor, hint at concerns about the movie’s alleged negative portrayal of Muslims as the reason behind the controversy.
Koimoi adds another layer to the speculation, linking the ban possibility to a specific scene featuring Katrina Kaif in a towel fight, as teased in the trailer. The ban has ignited conversations on social media, with audiences questioning the motives behind this decision.
Initial reports suggested a potential ban in Kuwait as well, but recent updates reveal that Tiger 3 is currently available in Vox Cinemas Kuwait. However, the film remains unreleased in Vox Cinemas in Qatar and Oman. According to Box Office Worldwide, while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India has approved the film, objections from Islamic countries’ governments and censor boards have led to the ban. The repercussions of this decision are anticipated to impact the film’s overseas earnings significantly, given the Gulf countries’ substantial Bollywood market.
Tiger 3, a part of the YRF Spy Universe, features Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles of Tiger and Zoya, respectively, with Emraan Hashmi playing the antagonist. The film, which made history as the highest-grossing Diwali release, has raised eyebrows internationally due to the ban in key Gulf nations, prompting discussions about filmmakers’ delicate task of balancing cultural sensitivity and avoiding global controversy.
As of now, the film’s creators have not commented on the ban or indicated any potential alterations to address the concerns raised by the Gulf nations. The unfolding situation is expected to impact the film’s international performance, sparking broader conversations about the challenges filmmakers face in navigating cultural nuances for a global audience.