After a major controversy, ‘Udta Panjab’ is now going to be released in India after a verdict of High Court that asks for just one cut. This is not the first time a controversy was created over a film, there are many such films with a similar fate and there are some films that still have not seen any screen in India and are still banned.
These are the top Indian Movies that are still banned today.
Unfreedom was the movie that had two ‘taboo’ things in one as it showed two controversial topics. The plot of the movie revolves around a Muslim fundamentalist in New York who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill while a closeted lesbian in New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. The resulting torture and violence made the Censor Board to put a ban on the movie but it was released overseas.
2. Mohalla Assi
This movie has a star cast. It stars Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tawar in the lead. This movie is based on the commercialization of the farmers and the problems surrounding them in the state of Uttar Pradesh and the shooting is of Varanasi. This movie was banned after the release of its uncut trailer which used abusive language.
This movie has still not seen any light but it can be found online. It was well appreciated.
Umm, that is quite an offensive name for a movie! Well, let us clear the fact that it is not what you think it is and to save you from disappointment, it was nothing as the name suggests. It was a Bengali movie dealing with Rap music. It had a lot of nudity and oral sex scenes which led censor board banning it saying that it ‘defied Indian sensibilities’.
4. The Painted House
The Painted House is a Malayalam movie that was directed by brothers Santosh Babusenan and Satish Babusenan. The film is based on the life of a writer, who gets entangled into complicated circumstances and his beliefs about himself are about to be tested.
This movie did not deal with any sensitive subject. It was banned because makers refuse to cut the scenes where the female lead was shown nude.
5. The Pink Mirror
The Pink Mirror is one of the few films in India that deals with the gender issue and transsexuality. Directed by Sridhar Rangayan, the film focuses on two transsexuals and a gay teenager who wants to seduce a man.
This was a perfect excuse for a movie to be banned. The film, however, received an amazing response and critical acclaim and was screened at more than 70 film festivals.
6. Hawa Aney Dey!
Directed by Partho Sen-Gupta, the film has parallel plots where on one hand India is facing a war with Pakistan, while a teenage middle-class boy is trying to fix his life in the suburbs of Mumbai.
The Censor Board did not felt it right and suggested 21 cuts. The maker refused and it was never released in India. This movie was then released in many film festivals where it received critical acclaim.
7. Chatrak (Mushrooms)
Chatrak is a Bengali movie that deals with the issue of forced labor. Starring Paoli Dam and Anubrata Basu courted quite a lot of controversy. The film’s major focus is on the issue wherein people are taken away for construction projects.
The film was never released because it contains explicit scenes and full nude scene. After this movie, Paoli Dam was known for giving bold scenes.
Paach is a movie directed by Anurag Kashyap and it was banned by Censor Board. he Censor Board had issues with the film’s sexual content, and it also said that it glorified drugs and violence and hence the film received a ban.
With few cuts, it was to be released but producers never released it. The film captures the lives of members of a rock band who are involved in drugs, due to which they get entangled into a robbery and murder case.
9. Kissa Kursi Ka!
Kissa Kursi Ka was a 1977 movie that was a political satire on Indra Gandhi and her son, Sanjay Gandhi. It was banned because the ruling party, Congress did not like the idea. The story does not end here. Sanjay Gandhi even burned the posters and allegedly burned out the reel and negative of the movie to make sure that it is never released.
Sanjay Gandhi was imprisoned for two years when emergency ended because of this episode. The decision was, of course, overturned.
10. Urf Professor
Pankaj Advani’s ‘Urf Professor’ is a black comedy starring Manoj Pahwa, Antara Mali and Sharman Joshi. This movie did not deal with any issue but it was banned because of the extreme vulgar language.