What are some of the Controversial and Bold Indian movies?
Controversial and Bold Indian movies?
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This movie is about self-discovery, however it garnered attention only because of the steamy nude scenes between Simi Garewal and Shashi Kapoor. Indian Censor Board was so touchy in those days that it did not even allow kissing scenes in movies.
Ram teri Ganga Maili
Mandakini and Rajiv Kapoor starrer movie had scenes which were considered inappropriate for the audience which stirred a controversy. The actress had her ‘assets’ flashing in some of the scenes which was not normal for bollywood movies.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
This movie had steamy scenes of Zeenat Aman which is why it was banned for some time. Later, the ban was lifted and it was a huge success.
It is a 1975 political movie based on the life of Indira Gandhi. It was banned when Indira Gandhi was in power. However later, BJP came into power and lifted the ban from the movie. It was also aired on Doordarshan.
Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, this movie by Shekhar Kapur is one of the most controversial movies of Bollywood. The nude scenes by lead actress Seema Biswas, rape scenes and abusive language in the movie was the cause of the controversies related.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Meera Nair’s ‘Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love’. The movie explores love and the sexual equation of four lovers in the 16th century. This film was banned in India because the officials felt that the sexual content was too harsh. The movie apparently went against our ethics and moral. However, around the world, it was praised and acclaimed.
Well, talking about homosexuality is not that big deal in present times, but it was in 1996 when critically acclaimed director Deepa Mehta made ‘Fire’. Throwing light on a taboo subject in a country like India always has severe effects. When ‘Fire’ was released, posters were burnt, theatres were destroyed because Indians at the time were not ready to deal with a subject that spoke about homosexuality.
Directed by Deepa Mehta again, this movie showcases the difficult and simple lives of widows in ashrams. It hurt the feelings of Hindus which led to burning of posters of this movie on the ghats. The vandalism was so intense that Mehta had to change her shooting location from Varanasi to Sri Lanka. And that’s not it, she even had to change the entire cast and shoot the film under a pseudo-title, ‘River Moon’.
Shiney Ahuja starrer movie Sins is based on true events where a Catholic priest is romantically involved with a young woman. The sensitive nature of the movie led to zero promotion by TV channels.
What happens when you start questioning everything about your existence? Amu is a story about 1984 riots in India where thousands of Sikhs were massacred. People were so against this film that the Censor Board in India took ample of time reviewing it and it was also not approved to be telecast on the television.
8. Black Friday
This movie is based on the Mumbai bomb-blasts of 1993. The verdict for that case was still in the court and it was said that the movie would influence the decision, which is why the movie was banned for 2 years.
A heart-wrenching movie, ‘Parzania’ was inspired by the true story of a 10-year-old boy, Azhar Mody who disappeared after the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre. Yes, it’s that same carnage where 69 people were killed for no fault but just out of sheer hatred. This is one of the many incidents which led to the Gujarat riots. When Parzania was released, the cinema owners in Gujarat threatened to boycott its screening, which led to an unofficial ban in Gujarat.
This movie by Nandita Das was based around the 2002 riots of Gujarat. Even though the movie got a lot of international awards, it made into news because it was banned in Gujarat.
Katrina Kaif’s debut movie had kissing scenes between Gulshan Grover and Katrina Kaif which were later deleted. The movie was termed as ‘soft porn’ and got into controversies because of that.
How on Earth can we ever forget this movie? It was a film that made every parent uneasy and as kids it often made us wonder why we couldn’t see it. The steamy-hot scenes between Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi were clearly too hot to handle for the entire nation.
What seemed like an adaptation of Lolita was “against Indian values” according to Congress party members in Uttar Pradesh. There were also major protests in Allahabad over the film. Too much for freedom of expression facade?
Ek Chhoti Si Love Story
Manisha Koirala starrer movie got into a controversy when the actress filed a court case against the objectionable scenes in the movie. The star alleged that her body double was used in the making of the movie and so she wanted a stay on the release of the movie.
This movie highlights the various issues that Kashmir faced over the years and was banned in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman. It was termed as highly controversial and objectionable by the UAE Censorship Board.
The Dirty Picture
This movie based on Silk Smitha’s life was received greatly by the audience but it got into a lot of controversies. The posters of the movie were the first reason. The second reason was the objection by Silk Smitha’s brothers who even sent notices to the makers of the movie.
This movie was in news because of its poster which had Kareena Kapoor’s bare back. Members of a political party even sent a saree to Kareena Kapoor, however in a press conference she refused to comment on the issue. Apart from this, there was a petition against the obscenity in two songs of the movie.
Gandu was a controversial Indian film in Bengali directed by the notorious Q. It featured a lot of sex and a graphic scene showing actress Rii fellating actor Anubrata Basu. They had to undergo Boal techniques to prepare for their nude scenes.
Cosmic Sex, an independent Bengali feature film directed by Amitabh Chakraborty, is about the Deha Tathya cult of harnessing sexual energy for spiritual practice. The filmmakers had obtained an ‘Adults Only’ certification from CBFC at the cost of 31 changes, mainly the masking of nudity. At the last minute, however, they have been informed that the committee that watched the movie has found it ‘inappropriate’ for viewing.
There was a controversy around this movie because the over-sensitive Censor board thought that the promo of this movie were not suitable to be aired on the television. The posters of the movie were also criticized for being obscene.
Rang Rasiya is a biopic based on based on Ranjit Desai’s novel ‘Raja Ravi Varma.’ It was premiered at the Trivandrum Film Festival in 2009. However, it could not be released till 2014 because the makers of the film did not have the money needed to release the film. It has a seriously hot scene between Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen smearing paint and making love to each other.
The Radhika Apte starrer went on to win global accolades, but back home the film ran into major controversies. Two of the scenes, one a topless scene with Radhika Apte and Tanishta Chaterjee and another lovemaking scene between Radhika and Adil Hussain was leaked online before the release of the film.
The movie was based on the brutal Nirbhaya rape case that still gives us chills. Directed by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, the documentary takes you back to the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh. ‘India’s Daughter’ was banned in India for some time because of the rapist’s views on how he discriminates and understands the two genders portrayed India in a negative light.
“Unfreedom” is a contemporary thriller based in a society torn apart by political, religious and sexual turmoil. “Unfreedom” was banned by the Indian censors owing to its explicit lovemaking scenes, depiction of lesbian relationships, Islamophobia and religious fundamentalism.This provocative directorial debut has recently been released internationally by Netflix, making it one of the boldest and most controversial Indian films to release on the platform.