Controversial Indian film ‘Grand Masti’ banned in Qatar, UAE

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A newly released Indian comedy that has drawn criticism for vulgar dialogue and obscene content even its its home country has now been banned from movie theaters in Qatar and the UAE.

In a message on its Facebook page yesterday, Qatar Cinemas, which operates movie theaters at the Mall, Royal Plaza and Landmark mall, announced the news about Grand Masti:

Attention please! Hindi movie Grand masti has been banned in Qatar. All shows will be canceled!!! Sorry for inconvenience…

The film, a sequel to the 2004 Masti and loosely based on the American Pie movie series, was also banned in the UAE, with the National Media Council citing “sexually explicit scenes” as the primary reason, Maktoob reports.

In both the UAE and Doha, fans reacted to the news with disappointment, lamenting their inability to view the movie here.

The Bollywood flick has also gotten a hostile reception in some parts of India. Earlier this week, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana put a hold on the movie’s release in its region due to vulgar content.

This is not the first time Qatar has prohibited the screening of Indian movies with adult content. Last year, erotic horror film Raaz 3 was removed from theaters in Doha and across the Gulf.

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Credit: Image courtesy of Grand Masti on Facebook

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