Top 21 Banned Bollywood Movies in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

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Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity:

1. Kissa Kursi Kaa (1977)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

The film is based on Indian politics and was termed as a political spoof. The film’s release is prohibit in the country by the censor board. Furthermore, all the master prints and the copies of the film no longer exist due to Sanjay Gandhi’s supporters. The plot revolves around a politician who is corrupt, and he tries to influence the personified public, depicted as mute and helpless. The movie portrays the selfishness of the politicians and it is a humorous comment over the system; as it is a motion picture version of the cartoonist columns that brutally taunts politics.

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2. Bandit Queen (1994)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

Bandit Queen is an offensive, vulgar, indecent and it is one of the most “made fun of” by the Indian censor board due to its cinematic conservatism. The story revolves around the life of Phoolan Devi, and this Shekhar Kapur movie didn’t release as it portrays explicit nudity, sexual content, and use of abusive language, which isn’t acceptable by the Censor Board.

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3. Fire (1996)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

Deepa Mehta is in recognition for her work, for global content and appeal. However her works have revolved around controversies. One such movie is ‘Fire’ which grabs a lot of critical appreciation worldwide but it fails to impress the Hindu groups in India because of its subject, as it deals with lesbian relationship between two sisters-in-laws of a Hindu family. The controversy ended up with death threats towards the leading actors, Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das along with their director Deepa Mehta. And Censor Board banning the release of the movie in the country.

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4. Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love (1996)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

The name itself suggests the gist of the movie. Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love too was harshly in criticism because of its ‘explicit’, ‘unethical’ and ‘immoral’ content, according to the Censor Board. Considering it ‘wrong’ in many ways for the audience of the nation which originally came up with the concept of Kama Sutra itself! A Mira Nair movie, that revolves around the lives of four lovers during the 16th century in India. Although it was in approval by the critics but is in consideration as a major flop by the Censor Board and its release now has a ban.

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5. Urf Professor (2000)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

The movie follows the journey of the protagonist after a hit-man’s car as well as a winning lottery ticket goes missing and this creates a chaos. Yet another movie which went into trouble with the Censor Board. A Pankaj Advani film, Urf Professor starring Manoj Pahwa, Antara Mali and Sharman Joshi in prominent roles. And furthermore, what provokes the Censor Board were the ‘vulgar scenes’ and ‘bold language’ that is in this black comedy, and ultimately led to a ban on it.

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6. The Pink Mirror (2003)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

Gender issues has always been a controversial and touchy topic when it comes to a conservative country like India. Although in the past decade things have been evolving, but it wasn’t the case around early 2000s. Whilst experimenting movies became a new norm, gender issues was still a touchy topic to explore during that time. The Pink Mirror , a Bollywood movie by Sridhar Rangayan is one such movie that brought the concept of trans-sexuality forward. The story deals with the quest of two transsexuals and a gay teenager to seduce a straight man. The Censor board felt offended by the ‘vulgarity’ in the movie and they banned it even after the film received positive reviews at film festivals globally.

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7. Paanch (2003)

Another Anurag Kashyap movie, Paanch, faced a wrath from the Censor BoardThe Bollywood movie is based on the Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in 1997; a thriller movie that depicts harsh violence, crass and abusive language as well as drug abuse. A movie like that was ought to get banned during the early 2000s. Although even now a few films get into bans due to these same issues. Furthermore, people awaiting the release of the movie had to adjust with the pirated version of the film.

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8. Black Friday (2004)

The movie is a loose adaptation from the famous book Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by S Hussain Zaidi. And yet another Anurag Kashyap’s movie, considering it is too dark to be get a release in India. The movie furthermore faced a stay order from The Bombay High Court because of the 1993 Bombay blasts case and it remained on hold until the trial got over.

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9. Hava Aane Dey (2004)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

The Bollywood film revolves around the growing tension between India and Pakistan. The film got suggestions for several cuts by the censor board but the director didn’t agree for the cuts as suggested by the board. The Indian Film Censor Board even refused to give it a release certificate, they wanted the movie to release without a few sounds used in the movie and picture cuts; which is reducing about 20 minutes of the film. The director refused to accept the decisions made by the board, as it could ruin the film with the abrupt cuts and sound mutes. And as a result, it never released in India.

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10. Parzania (2005)

Parzania is based on the Gujarat riots that was too painful of an incident to recollect memories from. It almost sprinkled salt on the wounds of Gujarat’s harsh past. The Bollywood movie received equal amounts of backlash and appreciation. The film revolves around a boy named Azhar, who goes missing during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Although the film went on to win a National Award, but its cinematic perspective was not in consideration by the political parties to let it release in Gujarat, and as a result it was in a fierce ban.

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11. Sins (2005)

Sins is an erotic journey of a priest from Kerala, who falls for the charms of a woman and involves himself with her sexually. The storyline revolves around his obsession, lust and struggles against the norms of the society he lives in. The movie, Sins did not please the Catholics as they thought the film portrayed Catholicism in an immoral and indecent light. The Censor Board as well, has issues with the nude scenes shown in the film and hence the movie never got a release date.

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12. Water (2005)

Yet another Deepa Mehta movie, Water , which brought upon a lot of controversy because of its portrayal of the dark insights on the life of an Indian widow. The movie’s backdrop is that of a certain Ashram in Varanasi, and guess what? The script writer of the movie none other than Anurag Kashyap. The movie in fact brought about controversial issues as the movie portrays ostracism and misogyny; which were alien to the Indian Censor Board back in the 2000s. Furthermore, the movie was widely in protests and around 2000 fanatics destroyed the sets of the film back then.

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13. Firaaq (2008)

Another Bollywood film that deals with the Gujarat riots, Firaaq is reportedly based on the true incidents revolving around the riot-torn Gujarat. Actress Nandita Das was widely criticised, as she was blamed for hurting the sentiments of Hindus and Muslims. As a result, the movie ultimately got banned. But the movie did see the light of day, and finally released. It was a major achievement for the creators and the team behind the movie. And upon its release, it received massive appreciations and reviews from critics and audiences alike.

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14. Gandu (2010)

This Bengali movie is nothing like something you would expect after hearing the title. The movie is a rap musical which created a lot of buzz amidst audience and censor board for its oral sex scenes and nudity. It is in white and black format, and the movie is in ban because it ‘defies Indian sensibilities’ and it’s vulgarity.

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15. Inshallah, Football (2010)

Inshallah, Football is a documentary that portrays the story of a Kashmiri boy who aspires to become a famous footballer someday and travel abroad. However, the boy is denied travelling outside the country as his father is charged with militancy. The film intends to bring out the problems that the civilians face due to the insurgencies and militancy in the Kashmir Valley. But the purpose was interpreted in a wrong way, as a result it was denied the censor certificate because of its sensitive subject. And the movie couldn’t release.

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16. Dazed in Doon (2010)

Doon School is one of the most highly respected schools of the country. As the Doon School had problems with the portrayal of the school and the content of Ratna Pathak Shah’s coming-of-age movie, it became controversial. Dazed in Doon depicts the story of a boy who is studying at this prestigious Doon School and the life he leads there. But the school did not find it acceptable and believes that it is ruining the name and the heritage of the school. As a result, the film got stalled.

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17. Unfreedom (2015)

Unfreedom is a modern-day thriller Bollywood movie. It revolves around a lesbian love story entangled within an Islamic terrorism-related perspective. The storyline brings together two ‘taboos’ at one place, and the Censor Board could not take-in the nudity and the lovemaking scenes between the two leads. In fact, reports suggest that the movie is portraying “unnatural passion”; and so its release was denied in India, except for a few states.

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18. Main Hoon Part-Time Killer (2015)

Actor Rajinikanth appealed to the Madras High Court to stop the release and screening of this film. Shocking, right? Stating that the press releases, video releases, web articles and information reveals his image was being exploited. That the producer had corrupted the super-hero image of Rajinikanth from his movies by including it in the forthcoming film. The stay was granted, and the makers of the movie were asked to not use superstar’s name/image/likeness.

Later on the Madras High Court ruled the decision in favour of Rajinikanth and it restricted Faisal Saif, the director from using the actor’s name in his upcoming film. And Faisal finally agreed to change his film’s title and move on to it’s release. Earlier the movie was named “Main Hoon Rajnikanth”.

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19. The Painted House (Chaayam Poosiya Veedu) (2015)

Top 21 Bollywood Movies that were banned in India due to its Obscenity and Nudity

The film is originally directed made in Malayalam and English; although it has official dubbed versions in Hindi and Tamil as Rangeen Ghar and Vaanam Poosiya Veedu respectively. The movie was initially denied a release certificate by the censor board as it contains three scenes where the female lead is naked. The Central Board of Film Certification demanded that the three scenes be deleted, but the directors refused to make any alteration to the film. Due to which the film, The Painted House didn’t see the light of day in India. The makers furthermore challenged the CFBC decision in court and the High court cleared the film with no cuts. The makers also posted an announcement regarding the decision on the film’s official Facebook page.

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20. Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017)

The Bollywood film was initially denied a release in India in January 2017. As the country’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused the release, stating that “There are contagious [sic] sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society”. The filmmakers also appealed this decision to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The film producers later came to FCAT with a list of 16 voluntary cuts that took care of the raised concerns. In addition to the 16 cuts by the producers, the FCAT suggested some more cuts ; and asked the Censor board to issue a certificate to the movie following the changes and allow its release. The second official trailer then released on 27 June 2017. And the film released in 400 screens on 21 July 2017 in India.

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