When experimenting with different storytelling mediums, screenwriters and directors are sometimes unaware of the preconceptions they are perpetuating through repeated clichés that minimize specific religions and ethnicities. As a result, in the face of increasing Islamophobia, Kuwait is having none of it. Beast, a film starring Tamil superstar Vijay Chandrasekhar, has been banned in the country for allegedly portraying Muslims as terrorists.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Information has banned the Nelson Dilipkumar directorial, according to trade expert Ramesh Bala, although the Kuwaiti government has not stated why. The decision is being attributed to the film’s “portrayal of Muslims” and “anti-Pakistan sentiments,” according to critics.
According to Bollywood Hungama, “Vijay’s character in Beast gets into a conflict with a high-ranking Pakistani official.” The producers’ propagation of anti-Pakistan sentiments did not sit well with Kuwaiti censors. The sequence could not be cut out because it is so important to the story. As a result, the Middle Eastern country’s Ministry of Information opted not to release Beast.”
Kuwait’s censor board looks to conduct a careful and thorough examination of what coincides with their foreign and domestic goals. This isn’t the first time an Indian film has been banned in the country. Films like Dulquer Salmaan’s Kurup and Vishnu Vishal’s FIR were previously banned for similar reasons.
The action thriller, on the other hand, has been approved for release in the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries. On Saturday, the trailer for Beast was released online. The movie depicts Vijay’s character when he is trapped inside a mall by terrorists who are holding the mall’s patrons as hostages. On April 23, the film will be released internationally.