Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream object is just inches away from releasing on the silver screen, after much controversies and debates. Anyone living in India and who follows Bollywood, knows that it thrives on controversies. There are controversies around everything, be it actors, their personal lives or their movies. Especially their movies. This isn't the first time that a piece of great work has become a cause of concern for various political and religious groups. But things took a new turn with Sanjay Leela Bhansali this time. From his expensive sets being vandalized to death threats, Bhansali struggled to get a nation-wide release but today, Supreme Court has 'ordered' every state to screen the much-awaited, Padmaavat on January 25, 2018.
This is not the first time that the Central Board of Film Certification or the people of the nation have problems with a though-provoking Bollywood movie, it's happened in the past and it will surely happen again, after Padmaavat.
Here are 20 movies that suffered the same fate as Padmaavat. Some of them did release on the silver screen but after putting up a strong fight. Let’s have a look:
It is a 1975 political film based on the life of Indira Gandhi. The movie was banned when she came to power however, BJP lifted the movie from ban after coming into power.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Yes, hard to believe but Aamir Khan has went down the controversy lane quite a lot of times. A scene from the movie where Aamir was riding a horse had to be removed because Maneka Gandhi objected that there was no permission taken to use animals in the movie. Well, with it or without it, the movie was just too good!
The controversy around this movie proves that whenever you speak your mind in India, it will backfire. During the release, Aamir raised his voice against raising the height of Narmada Dam. By doing so, the film was not only banned in Gujarat but also products endorsed by him were banned!
Jodha Akbar (2008)
Everyone is well aware of the true love story between Rajput princess Jodha and Akbar but some Rajputs in Rajasthan tried to block screenings of this film as they felt that history was being misrepresented. The Rajput Sabha and the Rajput Karni Sena felt that the film was factually incorrect and hence, the film should not be screened.
There is not one thing that objected various groups. To begin, the makers faced Jagannath Sena Sangathan when they filed an FIR for the line 'Apna Haath Jagannath’ being written on the posters showing a scantily clad woman on the wall of a public toilet. The objectionable clip was deleted from the prints that were released in Orissa.
My Name is Khan (2010)
Just before the release of this movie, Shah Rukh expressed how he wanted Pakistani players to participate in the IPL. And that my friends, did not go well with the sentiments of Shiv Sena.
A song in the film became a point of contention between the CBFC and the director of the movie, Imtiaz Ali. The song was Sadda Haq! Portions of the song were shot in McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala and the crowd scenes had people waving the ‘Free Tibet’ flag. These shots were later blurred out and it was only then that CBFC passed the film.
The Dirty Picture (2011)
Based on the life of Silk Smitha, this film was ought to be controversial. From the first poster to the objection by Silk Smitha's brothers who even sent notices to the makers of the movie.
Student of the Year (2012)
Ali Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra's debut film got into controversy because of the Radha song. The adjective sexy was used which raised objections from various religious organisations. The word had to be replaced from “sexy” to “desi” in the final song and the protests were called off.
Though no one paid much attention to this controversy but several scenes of the movie were copied from Charlie Chaplin's films. What was said to be a tribute seemed more like a true copy of Charlie Chaplin and The Notebook.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
A petition was filed against the name of the film, which was originally titled Ram Leela, by Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee as they felt it hurt religious sentiments. Sanjay Leela Bhansali immediately changed the title of his film so that he could get a green signal!
Madras Cafe (2013)
With the release of the trailer, many religious groups from Tamil Nadu came forward as they thought the film carried anti-Tamil sentiments. Producer John Abraham said that he should not be held at gun point to make changes in the film and he would go ahead with whatever decision CBFC takes for the film. The film was ultimately released but some theaters in Tamil Nadu stayed away from screening it.
From the first poster of the film, which showcased Aamir carrying a jukebox with a bare body to the whole ideology of the film, many religious groups were hurt. It showcased some of their customs as superstitions and raged people.
The movie faced backlash because of the portrayal of the Indian Army in the movie. It also received negative reviews from some chunks of the audience who called for a boycott of this movie.
Udta Punjab (2016)
As we know it, this movie was based on the drug menace in Punjab. Many political parties from Punjab believed that it showcased Punjab in a bad light and hence demanded many cuts in the film. The film was cleared by Bombay and Punjab & Haryana High Courts but a Punjab based NGO later took their plea to the apex court to stop the release. The apex court did hear the case but decided to not interfere with the High Court’s ruling.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
This film was scheduled to release on Diwali 2016 but due to the tension between India and Pakistan after the Uri attacks, MNS threatened filmmaker with dire consequences if they released the movie without cutting Fawad's scenes. Karan Johar promised the political party that he would not work with any Pakistani actor in the future and donated Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army Welfare Foundation.
Lipstick under my Burkha (2017)
Alankrita Srivastava's directorial Lipstick Under My Burkha was surely a stereotype-breaker for the society. Besides bold scenes, the story of this movie is completely women-oriented which contradicted many minds in India. At first, CBFC denied to certify this film as the content was considered inappropriate for the Indian audience.
I bet you have seen most of these movies, and each of them is a pure product of brilliance. We wonder, how many other movies will join this list after Padmaavat!