Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom a true hijack story: film banned in Saudi Arabia

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Mumbai: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s action thriller film Bell Bottom is inspired from a real life hijacking events in India by Khalistani separatists during 1980s. The hijacking incidents in 1980s such as  the Indian Airlines Flight 423, 405 and 421 hijackings.

Akshay Kumar performed a powerful role as a raw officer in the nick name of “Bell Bottom” to nab the Hijackers and Khalistani troops. Lara Dutta played the role of former Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi in the film, who assassinated in 1984. This story is related to the Khalistani separatists, it leads to the assassination of late Smt. Indira Gandhi.

The film Bell Bottom was directed by Ranjit M Tewari. The film is written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Sheikh. Bell Bottom was produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Nikkhil Advani under their respective banners Pooja Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment. It stars Akshay Kumar as the lead character, with Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor and Huma Qureshi in other prominent roles. The film released in theatres on 19 August 2021 in 3D.

The film Bell Bottom was banned in three Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The film certification authorities banned it on grounds of tampering with historical facts. It was pointed out that the 1984 incident actually had the United Arab Emirates Defence Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the UAE authorities nabbing the hijackers, while the film portrayed Kumar’s character and his team as the real heroes of the mission.

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