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10 Bollywood movies that were banned by Central Board of Certification


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Bollywood is a big industry in which number of movies are made, produced and directed every year. In Indian Film Industry, you can see variety of content like, action movie, romantic movie, comedy movie, thriller or a horror movie. Nowadays, people like to watch content wise movies not only drama or a romantic movie. However, some of the movies turn out to be big hits while some are flops or some are average. Film’s that indulge in strong language, gender taboos or any religion, which are ahead of its times find it difficult to be released. Here are some movie who found it difficult to get through Central Board of Certification (CBFC) due to lack of documentation, offensive language or a bold scene.

Here is the list of films which faced difficulties from Censor Board but were later released.

1. Padmaavat

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2. Udta Punjab

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Udta Punjab movie faced controversy by CBFC. The Censor Board demanded 94 cuts for Udta Punjab and also gave 13 suggestions to the film’s producer, which effectively mean a mammoth 94 cut along with a ‘A’ certification for the film that focusses on Punjab’s drug problem.

These are the following 13 suggestion given by CBFC.

3. Lipstick Under My Burkha

In February 2017, Central Board of Certification (CBFC) denied ‘A’ certificate to Alankrita Srivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ for being ‘lady oriented’ and ‘abusive’. The CBFC issued ‘A’ certificate to the movie after the changes were made. The film stars, Konakana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur the film was released on July 2017. ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ premiered at the Tokyo and Mumbai Film Festivals, where it won the ‘Spirit of Asia Prize’ and the ‘Oxfam Award’ for Best Film on Gender Equality.

4. Mohalla Assi

Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer, ‘Mohalla Assi’ which was embroiled in a legal battle with CBFC over content is finally set to release in theatres shortly. The hurdle began when the application for certification of the film was submitted to CBFC in March, 2016. Reportedly, ‘Mohalla Assi’ some scene had leaked on the Internet in which shocking language is heard due to which Censor Board banned the film. But after 2 years the Censor Board clear the certification.

5. Water

Deepa Mehta movie, Water created a lot of controversy because of its dark insights on the life of India widow. The script of the movie was written by fikmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who took up controversial issue like ostracism and misogyny. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005, where it was honoured with the opening night gala, and was released across Canada in November of that year. It was first released in India on March 9, 2007.

6. An Insignificant man

Directed by the duo, Khushboo Ranka, and Vinay Shukla, ‘An Insignificant Man’ was produced by Anand Gandhi and released in November 2017. The documentary shows the rise of Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal, and his political party, ‘Aam Aadmi Party’. The film suffered six month for certification after applying for the Censor certificate.

According to report, The filmmakers had applied for a certificate in February 2017. Pahlaj Nihalani-headed CBFC had asked for all references to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress Party to be deleted and said that no political figures can be showed without their permission.

7. Black Friday

The another Anurag Kashyap film, Black Friday also suffered from Censor Board like other films. The film Black Friday – is based on the true story of the Bombay (now Mumbai) bomb blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. The film has also suffered a court cases and after the lots of controversy the film hit the theatres on February 9, 2007.

8. Bandit Queen

Bandit Queen, based on the life of Phoolan Devi. The movie helmed by Shekhar Kapur was banned due its explicit sexual content, nudity and abusive language. The film was made in 1994 but released in 1996. The film was awarded National award for best actress, best featured film and best constume design. The film also grabbed Filmfare award for critics award for best film, best director, best cinematography, and Filmfare Lux new face award.

9. Paanch

Anurag Kashyap film, Paanch faced a lot of heat from the Censor board. It is reported that, the film Paanch is based on the Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in 1997. The movie was a thriller with a high octane violence, drug abuse and insensitive language.

10. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Like Padmaavat, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ also suffered because of the Censor Board. A petition was filed against the film name, that was originally titled Ram Leela, by Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Leela Committee as they felt it hurt religious sentiments. Bhansali changed the film’s title ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ and the film could then sail through a smooth release.