Vivek Agnihotri’s blockbuster ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been banned in Singapore by the country’s Infocomm Media Development Authority on the grounds that it may disturb religious harmony. According to Variety, the Zee5-backed film revolves around a college student who learns of the religiously charged political turmoil in Kashmir in the 1990s that led to the death of his parents.

As reported by ‘Variety’, IMDA said it had consulted with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the Home Office and together they found the film to be a provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the persecution of Hindus in the conflict in Course in Kashmir The film crossed several guidelines for its portrayal of Jaane. These representations have the potential to create enmity between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.

According to ‘Variety’, under the film classification guidelines, ‘any material that defames racial or religious communities in Singapore’ will be refused classification. Made on a budget of $2 million, the film opened in theaters in India and various international regions in mid-March and has grossed around $43 million so far.

‘The Kashmir Files’ was also briefly banned in the United Arab Emirates, but the UAE authorities lifted their ban at the end of March and the film was released uncut from April 7. New Zealand had to increase the film’s rating from R16 to R18 after concerns were raised by the Muslim community.

Socially conservative Singapore censors movies and TV shows because of their portrayals of drug use, possession and trafficking. The country does not recognize homosexual relations and considers homosexual sexual activities illegal. It also prohibits activities that may disturb religious harmony.


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