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14 April 2024

Bollywood no-show: 3 Davids and censor board

By Sneha May Francis

The first show of Bollywood thriller ‘David’ has been scrapped in all cinemas across Dubai as theatres in the emirate claim they are still awaiting clearance from the National Media Council.

"The screening of Hindi film David is pending clearance from the UAE censor authorities,” an e-mail from the movie distributor Phars Films said. “There will not be any shows for the film starting from Thursday, January 31,till further notice and information.”

Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and South Indian star Vikram, ‘David’ is about how the destiny of three men with the same name get interlocked in a hazy plot of crime and deceit.

When people reached the movie hall, they were told that the cinemas had not yet received the print of the film.

“We still haven’t got the print for the show,” a ticketing officer said. The first show of the movie was scheduled to be screened at 10.30am.

When asked if the movie would be screened later in the day, the officer was unable to give any concrete answer.

“We don’t know yet. We have been told that it might come in the afternoon but there is no confirmation,” she added.

On calling the Grand Cinema’s office, Emirates 24/7 was informed that the movie is yet to be cleared by the UAE censor board.

“The National Media Council will watch the film and certify whether it is fit to be screened. Once we get the approval from them, the movie will be screened here,” the official at Grand Cinema said.

Vox Cinemas and Reel Cinemas of Dubai have not put out the timing for screening the movie and are awaiting the nod from the National Media Council.

When Emirates 24|7 contacted the National Media Council, the officials were in a meeting and so we were unable to get a comment on when the movie is likely to be cleared.

Watch this space for a review if and when the movie is released.