Take a look at the list of superstar movies you won’t believe were once banned in India.
Jodhaa Akbar is a big-budget drama scripted by Haidar Ali and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The movie tells the love story of the Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar and the Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai. It was banned in some states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand, after a protest raised by Rajput people citing that the movie is misleading. Later, the ban was lifted by the supreme court of India.
Madras Café is a political thriller directed by Shoojit Sircar. The Madurai bench of Madras High Court dismissed a petition to ban the film submitted by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) alleging that the movie portrayed them with a negative shade. Later, major three companies UK had decided not to screen the movie there.
Vishwaroopam is a spy-thriller film written and directed by Kamal Haasan. Vishwaroopam was scheduled to release in about 500 screens in Tamil Nadu, but it was removed by district collectors across the state due to protests led by Muslim civic organizations. Later, the movie was released with some scenes muted.
Aamir Khan’s romantic thriller Fanaa, directed by Kunal Kohli also had faces some issues from several people. The Cinematograph Exhibitors Association of Gujarat has decided not to release the movie there because of some statements made by Aamir Khan on Narmada Dam issue.
Padmaavat, which was formerly titled as Padmavati, was protested by Shri Rajput Karni Sena, a Rajput caste organization, alleging that the movie is portraying Rajput queen in a bad light. Later, Central Board of Film Certification approved the film with several cuts and amending its title to Padmaavat from Padmavati. The Supreme Court of India overruled the ban raised by several state governments.
Certain state governments including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh banned the movie as it contains many anti-Dalit and anti-reservation dialogues. Later the makers removed some portions of the movie and moved the Supreme Court to lift the ban on the film. Later, Supreme Court quashed the ban imposed by UP.