Banned Movies of Bollywood

  • Banned Movies of Bollywood

    Banned Movies of Bollywood

    Otherwise it is widely believed that an artist and his creative sense don't belong to any cast, creed or any particular sect of beliefs, but it looks like realities are far more harsher than the noble belief.

    At least some of the bans imposed on a few of the cine cantatas on some unjustified grounds further accentuates the facts.

    So have a look at some of the movies which underwent the social or legal wrath.

  • Vishwaroop


    The newest entrant of this controversial banned league of cine delights is ace thespian, Kamal Hassan's multi-million espionage thriller Vishwaroop whose screening is banned in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, after around 25 Muslim organisations alleged that the sections of the film portray the community in a bad light.

    Ever since the announcement of releasing date the movie is hanging amid the the poles of controversies. Earlier when the ban was lifted, Kamal would have felt relaxed but then came in the wrath of theatre owners, who opposed his decision to release it on DTH first and then take it to the big screen.

  • My Name Is Khan

    My Name Is Khan

    Even K.Jo's My Name Is Khan landed in to the marshes of controversy when Kolkata Knight Riders' owner SRK criticised the fact that Pakistani cricketers were not bought by the clubs competing in the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL), following which Shiv Sena activists were up in arms against the actor.

    There were major protests in Maharashtra and SRK even received threats.

  • Chakravyuh


    Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh also faced the allegations of hurting the sentiments of people by its 'Mehengai' song which had the mention of names Tata, Birla and Bata so much that a defamation suit was filed by shoemaker Bata, raising objection to the use of its name in the lyrics.

    Later on song was, however, allowed to feature in the film with a disclaimer that the names were being used 'symbolically'.

  • Fanaa


    Aamir Khan-starrer Fanaa faced a ban in Guajarat following his anti-Narmada Dam project statements. Aamir had demanded proper rehabilitation of the farmers displaced by the construction of the dam.

  • Aarakshan


    Glorifying the plight of deprived sections had always been one of the most sought after themes of Bollywood, so with a fascination to taste the spice, Prakash Jha also tried his hands at the theme with Aarakshan.

    But because of anti Dalit comments of the movie Prakash landed in troubled water and fetched the wrath of the community leading to a temporary ban on the movie in Andhra Pradesh, UP and Punjab, which was subsequently lifted by the authorities.

  • Parzania


    Undoubtedly, Parzania had been one of the most controversial movies of the recent times, and that's because it was based on a true story during of Gujarat riots.

    The movie showcased the story of a 10-year-old Parsi boy, who disappears after the Gulbarg Society massacre in Ahmedabad. The film was banned in Gujarat following fears of a communal uproar.

  • Firaaq


    Nandita Das' directorial venture, Firaaq was again a hard-hitting portrayal of families caught in the vicious aftermath of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

    And as apprehended by the makers the movie was banned in the state of Gujrat but inspite of that it went on to win two National Film Awards.

  • Black Friday

    Black Friday

    Based on the 1993 Bombay serial bombing, Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday tried to recreate the incident and the intense feeling that followed.

    But because of its extreme resemblance to real life incident, it had to remain in the casket for around two years because the people named in the film raised a demand of imposing a stay on its release.

    Later on the the argument was upheld but and the film was finally released in 2007.

  •  Jodhaa Akbar

    Jodhaa Akbar

    Hrithik and Ash starrer Jodhaa Akbar also landed itself in troubled water when people belonging to the Kshatriya (Rajput) community in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh protested against the movie for presenting the distorted historical facts about Jodha.

    However, a month later Supreme Court lifted all restrictions imposed on movies screening by various state governments.

  •  Kissa Kursi Ka

    Kissa Kursi Ka

    Practise of banning the cine sagas primarily emerged in early seventies, when Shabana Azmi starrer political spoof Kissa Kursi Ka was apparently banned during the emergency.

    If reports are to be believed then it was the Sanjay Gandhi's annoyance because of which all its prints including the master print were set ablaze.

  • Deshdrohi


    Even Kamal 'Motormouth' Khan's debut movie Deshdrohi was banned in Maharashtra in 2008 because the government felt that it would add fuel to the burning issue of Marathi Maanus (Maharashtrians) Vs North Indians.

  • OMG: Oh My God!

    OMG: Oh My God!

    Though later on the OMG: Oh My God! was garlanded with accolades, but initially it turned into a heap of gunpowder when a complaint was lodged against star-cast Paresh Rawal, Akshay and the makers for depicting the prominent Hindu gods and Indian spiritual traditions in bad light.

  • Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

    Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

    Well it's not that only swipes on social issues had fetched the wrath of ban. Even the audacious cine cantata too had to meet the bad fate, as it happened in the case of Mira Nair's Kama Sutra which remained banned in India for more than a year.

    Reportedly the ban was imposed on the movie for its explicit sexual scenes and the social commentary of the film.

  • Bandit Queen

    Bandit Queen

    Shekhar Kapur's controversial bio-epic Bandit Queen based on bandit turned politician, Phoolan Devi's life also faced an initial ban by the Censor Board due to its crude language and sexual content.

    This act of Censor board forced producers to approach the Supreme Court, which paved the way for the film's release.

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