Bollywood movies have been the main source of entertainment for every Indian. From the Bollywood songs to the story tellings on the big screen, the audience have always connected with the films. But a few times these means of entertainment were opposed by various political and communal groups.
Here’s a list of movies which faced were banned and protested in various states.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat has been on the hit list of Shri Rajput Karni Sena. Ever since its announcement, the film has been facing issues by various communal groups. Even threats of beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were made. The makers even had to change the name of the film from Padmavati to Padmaavat. But still, the Karni Sena has been constantly protesting against the film. The Supreme Court has even lifted the BAN on the film from the different states, but still, the communal group demanded a nationwide ban.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil faced a lot of opposition from the political parties post-Uri attacks. After the attacks, IMPPA banned Pakistani artists from working in the country. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil received a lot of opposition as Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was a part of the romantic drama. The political parties were in no mood of wanting to release the film in the country. After a lot of criticism, Karan Johar had to release video in which he said: “he will not engage with talent from Pakistan.”
Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Diljit Dosanjh’s Udta Punjab, which was based on the drug abuse by the youth population in the state of Punjab had not just faced opposition from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Apart from this member of Shiromani Akali Dal, the ruling party of Punjab had also opposed the film stating that the film is portraying their state in a bad light.
Like Padmaavat Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historic drama Bajirao Mastani was also opposed by various political groups for altering history. There were protests held in Pune by the descendants of the Peshwa and Chhatrasal dynasty. The song Pinga from the film was even opposed a lot.
Even Aamir Khan’s films were under the scanner of political parties. His film PK was surrounded by controversy for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu and Muslim group. While The Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanded a ban on the film, the Members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board demanded the censor board to remove an objection scene.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela… Ram-Leela
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela… Ram-Leela was opposed by various political groups for its controversial title. The Hindu groups had an issue with the title and as a result, the makers changed the title from Ramleela to Ram-Leela, and then to Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela. A petition was filed against the film in the Gujarat court for by the Rajput Samaj of Ahmedabad for misinterpreting the history of the Rajput and Rabari communities.
My Name Is Khan
Shah Rukh Khan’s My Name Is Khan faced objection by a political party after SRK criticized that Pakistani players were not bought by the clubs to play IPL. The political party wanted an apology from King Khan for his statement and they had even threatened to halt the release of the film.
Aamir Khan’s Fanaa faced opposition from the Gujarat, political parties. During the promotion of the film in the Gujarat state Aamir Khan had made some comments in regards to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The comments and statements did not go well with the member of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and as a result, they demanded an apology from the actor. When Aamir refused to do so the film was banned in entire Gujarat and even posters of Aamir Khan and the film were burnt in the state.
OMG – Oh My God!
Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal satirical comedy-drama generated a lot of controversy over the depictions of prominent Hindu gods and Indian spiritual traditions. Jalandhar State Mahila Congress Vice President Nimisha Mehta filed a complaint against Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu’s. The screening of the film was stopped in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and other places in Punjab.
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s Kurbaan which was set against the backdrop of global terrorism faced critics and opposition from the political party Shiv Sena. The political party had objected to the poster of the film, which Kareena was seen flaunting her bare back. Shiv Sena has even sent Kareena a saree asking her to cover herself.
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