Going by the recent reports, it might look like the Padmavati controversy has become bigger than the actual film itself. Every second person is commenting and expressing his or her own opinion on the subject. But all this hype and hoopla does not seem to be working in favor of the film as there is no sign of it getting released any time soon. This is not the first time that our country had to ban movies just because of its controversial content. India known for its multi lingual, multi ethnic and secular culture seems to be really getting intolerant with respect to its modern arts. More than restricting the freedom of expression, it’s the failure of the government machinery and security forces which are unable to control the disturbance in the law and order situation. If you can’t control it – ban it – seems like the norm of the day. And the genuine audience if suffering. Below is the list of 11 movies banned in India due to controversial content.
- Garam Hawa (1973)Image Source
It depicted a Muslim family during the partition of India.
2. Aandhi (1975)Image Source
It was rumored to be based on the life of Indira Gandhi.
3. Bandit Queen (1994) Image Source
When Phoolan Devi – the subject of the film questioned its authenticity.
4. Kama Sutra: A tale of love (1996)Image Source
Obviously because of the explicit sexual content.
5. Fire (1996)Image Source
The story revolves around a lesbian relationship.
6. Paanch (2001) Image Source
For Glorifying sex, drugs and violence.
7. Black Friday (2005) Image Source
It was based on the 1993 Bombay bombings, and the verdict of the court on the same case was yet not given.
8. Amu (2005)Image Source
It was based on the controversial subject of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
9. Water (2005)Image Source
It faced opposition from hardline Hindu organizations in Varanasi.
10. The girl with the dragon tattoo (2011) Image Source
For its adult scenes of rape and torture.
11. India’s daughter (2012)Image Source
This television documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape was prevented from being broadcast due to perceived negative public sentiment.