Beast, the upcoming Tamil film starring actor Vijay, has been banned in Kuwait, as certain portions of the film go against the country’s censor board regulations, a source confirmed to Silverscreen India, on condition of anonymity.
The film is set to hit theatres in India on April 13.
Written and directed by filmmaker Nelson Dilipkumar, Beast is produced by the Sun Pictures banner. Recently, the makers released the trailer of the film, which shows Vijay essaying the role of an ace spy named Veeraraghavan. Based on the trailer, the story revolves around the take over of a mall in Chennai by a group of miscreants, with Vijay’s Veeraraghavan among those trapped within the premises.
Speaking to us, the source said, “The film has some portions that show the abduction of a Pakistan minister. The Kuwaiti government has taken exception to this scene and the film has thus not been cleared by the censor board there.” The source added that the film is banned only in Kuwait and not any of the other Gulf countries.
Meanwhile, in India, Beast has been certified U/A by the CBFC, with a runtime of two hours and 25 minutes.
It is to be noted that Beast is not the only Tamil film to run afoul of Kuwait’s censor regulations. Earlier, Vishnu Vishal’s FIR, which revolves around a Muslim protagonist from Chennai, was also banned in Kuwait, as well as Qatar and Malaysia.
The cast of Beast includes actors Shine Tom Chacko, Redin Kingsley, Aparna Das, Yogi Babu, VTV Ganesh, Ankur Ajit Vikal, Liliput Faruqui, and filmmaker Selvaraghavan. The film’s music is scored by Nelson’s regular composer Anirudh Ravichander.
The makers of Beast are planning to promote the film by telecasting a special interview of Vijay by Nelson on the Sun television network, on Sunday.