View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Bollywood Filmmakers Subject to Tougher Censorship in Dubai

The Hindu News reports:
“Shooting slick action films and sex comedies in Dubai will no longer be easy, thanks to new rules. Director David Dhawan's "Do Knot Disturb" was the first casualty of the new rule.”

“‘It was a setback, yes. We were stopped. But with reason. I don't disagree with the new rules because Dubai is being constantly misused by Bollywood filmmakers. They keep coming down here in Dubai to make sexy films or cheap stunt films. These were bringing a bad name to Dubai globally as a city of crime and quick pleasure,’ said Vashu Bhagnani, the producer of the film.”

“According to new rules, Bollywood producers will now have to submit their scripts for consideration before they are allowed to shoot.”

Dubai’s Mediacity now expects filmmakers to submit their script in advance.

To read the entire article:
Shooting Films in Dubai Gets Tougher, Hindu News Service, 1 November 2008.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: David Dhawan director of the censored film ‘Do Knot Disturb’.