Filmmakers often have been criticised for their films by the Censor Board. Besides asking filmmakers to delete a few scenes from their movies, Censor Board sometimes ban a movie, due to some or the other reason. These films might have some bold scenes, vulgar dialogues or may be highlighting something which our ‘Censor Board’ doesn’t think to be appropriate for the audience. We searched and found some movies that definitely fit in the 'Censor Board Banned' list
Kama Sutra - A Tale Of Love, 1996
Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love is a 1996 film received great comments, but unfortunately censor board halted it, saying it ‘explicit’ and ‘immoral’. And we thought Kama Sutra was originated in India! The movie later released with 2 minute cut of nudity.
Bandit Queen, 1994
Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen too faced the wrath of censor board. Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, the film was banned because of its sexual content and abusive language.
Deepa Mehta is known for her global content films, which usually goes into a controversy category. In spite impressing critics across the world, Hindu groups were against the movie for featuring the lesbian relationship between sisters-in-law. The controversy has on fire and only settled down after Censor board banned the movie.
The Pink Mirror, 2003
Another award-winning Indian film was banned by the Censor Board, saying that the film was vulgar and offensive. The film was about two transsexuals and a gay teenager who tries to seduce a straight man.
Paanch is an unreleased Indian crime thriller film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap. It is based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune. The Censor Board objected to the film's violence, the depiction of drug abuse and bad language. However, a preview copy of the film was leaked online in 2010.
Black Friday, 2004
Black Friday is a 2007 Indian crime film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno International Film Festival. The film was so controversial that the Indian Censor Board did not allow it to be released in India for three years and was finally released after the verdict of the case, delivered by TADA court.
Parzania is a 2007 Indian drama film, inspired by the true story of a ten-year-old Parsi boy who disappeared after February 28, 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre, during the communal riots in Gujarat. The film traces the journey of the Pithawala family while trying to locate their missing son. Because the film was about communal riots in Gujarat, it was purposefully not released there. Also, the cinema owners refused to screen it, fearing
Deepa Mehta’s Water explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. Water is a dark introspect into the tales of rural Indian widows in the 1940s and covers controversial subjects such as misogyny and ostracism. After several controversies surrounding the film in India, the Indian censor boards cleared the film with a "U" certificate. It was released in India on 9 March 2007.
Gandu is a 2010 black-and-white Indian film, in the Bengali language. It was described as a "rap musical". Gandu caused some controversy because of language and scenes of nudity and sex. Because of the controversy the film did not have its first public screening in India until 2012.
Inshallah, Football, 2010
Inshallah, Football is a documentary film by Ashvin Kumar about an aspiring footballer who was denied the right to travel abroad on the pretext that father was a militant in the 1990s. This film
faced considerable difficulties in getting the necessary censor certificate, without which it cannot be shown publicly in India. The main stumbling block appears to be the content of the film
itself, since it deals with the sensitive and highly political subject of how the Indian armed forces have conducted themselves in Kashmir.
The story 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 evokes a brutal struggle of identities against "unfreedom". In India, the film was refused certification by the Examining Committee. A revising committee of the Censor Board proposed cuts to the director, Raj Amit Kumar, which he refused and appealed against the Censor Board's demand for cuts. In response to his appeal, the authorities completely banned the film regardless of cuts.