Jan 24, 2018 Updated On : Apr 17, 2018
If you are a big Bollywood fan, then you definitely know about movies those thrive on controversies, right? Several times, the movies went through censor board scanning and got disapproved for bold content, fell a prey to fringe groups protesting against the release for the inaccuracy of facts or manipulating the storyline for filling seats at the box office. Films that indulge in filthy language, vulgar scenes, gender taboos, Kashmir issues, religion and basically movies which are way ahead of its time! Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is finally hitting the theatre on January 25 surpassing various storms and controversies but this isn’t the first time that a piece of art, has become a cause of concern for various political and religious groups. Padmaavat has seen everything, from death threats to their sets being vandalised , and even now the film is struggling to get a nation-wide release. So here`s the films that faced controversies like Padmaavat.
Lipstick Under My Burkha(2017)
We could hear firecrackers bursting in the background when the four protagonists face the explosive consequences of their perceived rebellions, isn`t it? Those ladies were going up in flames, but they came out with a bang. But this movie gained a lot of attention in the past, all thanks to the controversies it courted with the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC). Considered to be too lady-oriented, director Alankrita Shrivastava`s film had its fair share of battles with the board that even refused to certify the film for its content which was a compilation of sexual scenes and abusive words, apart from other things. After being ordered to certify the film by the country’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), `Lipstick under my Burkha` could finally see the daylight and awarded with an adult certificate, equivalent to an NC-17 rating.
Udta Punjab (2016)
We got introduced to Chaubey’s Punjab; a world you may not inhabit, but won`t definitely ignore. Punjab is known for wrestlers and wheat serves up heroin, opium, cocaine faster than parathas and lassis. Yes, Punjab the land of the five rivers is a place besieged by cartels, cocaine and corrupt cops. As the protagonists that were victims of drug and physical abuse fought their demons and destinies, you shed a silent tear! Well! Political parties across the country believed that this film was defaming Punjab and hence, made it bleed with a total of 94 cuts in the film. The plot of the film was cleared by Bombay, Punjab & Haryana High Courts but a Punjab based NGO later took their plea to the apex court to stop the release. Finally, clearing all the controversies it could go on theatres on June 13, 2016.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Legendary Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao battles Mughals and during that he falls in love with half-Muslim Mastani. Then Bajirao fights the war declared on his love by his family!Every visual of Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s gorgeous political movie seems like a grand painting having chandeliers and courts with shadows, courtiers with tilaks and arrows, chambers gleaming with mirrors, skies blushing with passion. But the Marathi descendants of Bajirao felt that the song ‘Pinga’ was offensive to Marathi culture as it had Mastani and Kashibai dancing together. Not just the song, also the outfits of the leading ladies and certain dialogues delivered by Bajirao’s character were termed as vulgar and offensive.
An Alien that knew nothing about human ways, language, clothing or lies, searches desperately for his remote and his antics bizarre enough for people to ask if he`s `pee kay` i.e. drunk! Yes! We are talking about Anushka Sharma and Aamir Khan Starrer 2014 block-buster PK. Well! When the first poster of the film released, people created chaos on the look that was sported by Aamir Khan. The poster had him carrying a jukebox with a bare body. The makers were compelled to release a new poster where he was clothed. After the poster storm got over, various Hindu groups protested against film’s content. They felt that Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani took that film to mock Hinduism. Effigies were burnt and various threats were made but the film managed to bear with it.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
So a Sanneda clan girl (Deepika Padukone) falls in love with a Razadi clan boy (Ranveer Singh). What happens next? Blood flows, bullets fly, and bahus become victims of evil design. In between this war-fare Deepika and Ranveer touch, feel, kiss and cuddle and ensure you can feel their stirring! Oh yeah! We are talking about Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. A petition was filed against the name of the film, that was initially titled Ram Leela, by Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee because they felt it hurt religious sentiments. Bhansali changed the film’s title to Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and the film could then sail through a smooth release.