Producer Ritesh Sidhwani speaks out on ban of Bangistan in the UAE

Regarding the recent news that the satirical film ‘Bangistan’ is set to be banned in the UAE, as the censor board finds the film offensive,  Excel Entertainment Co-Founder and Bangistan producer Ritesh Sidhwani released a short statment.


‘It is very disappointing that the Censor board finds the film offensive, as there is no such content in the film. We shall be sending it to the re-examining committee.’




7th August 2015 marks the release of Bangistan’, a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism. Produced by Excel Entertainment, India’s pioneers of contemporary Indian film production under the aegis of producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, and Junglee Pictures, an emerging film studio spanning the development, production, and distribution of Hindi feature films internationally, Bangistan is a comic tale with a strong underlying message highlighting the futility of violence, religious divisions, cultural prejudice, and promoting the message of peace, religious unity and harmony in society.


Directed by Karan Anshuman, “Bangistan” tells the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal, essayed by talented Indian film actors Riteish Deshmukh (Ek Villain, Housefull, Lai Bhaari), Pulkit Samrat (Fukrey, Dolly Ki Doli), and Chandan Roy Sanyal (Kaminey, D-Day). Bollywood beauty Jacqueline Fernandez will appear in a cameo. The music has been penned by Indian composer, music producer and musician Ram Sampath (Delhi Belly, Talaash, and Fukrey).





Rival rabble-rousing ragtag organisations, Al-Kaam Tamam and Maa Ka Dal seperately recruit and brainwash Hafeez and Praveen to disrupt the International Peace Conference in Krakow, Poland, to ensure that the group that they represent is allowed to continue to wield its local influence.


For the mission, both men decide to swap their identities and faiths and, rather amusingly, end up sharing an apartment together when they arrive in Krakow to carry out their mission. While in Poland, their adventures involve a local cop on their scent who are desperate to make a name for themselves, a foxy pub owner who takes the two under his wings, a fixer out to make a quick buck, the assortment of locals they meet, and the cultural impact of their exotic experiences in the city thrown into the mix.
However, despite its serious subject matter, Bangistan provides comic fodder throughout and ensures audiences have enough laughs along the way.

This summer audiences will be entertained and educated in equal measure as the hysterically funny ‘Bangistan’ comes to cinema screens internationally on 7th August 2015. ‘Bangistan’ is presented by Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment, and produced by Excel Entertainment.


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