10 Indian Movies Banned by Censor Board

Each Year Bollywood produces large number of Films in different genres. But there are few films that doesn’t go too well with the censor board and these film either gets delayed for release or gets completely banned. Film depicting Vulgar Language, Sex Scenes, Nudity, religious issues, Violence etc are generally get into trouble. However, many of these films get great critical acclaim and are must watch.

Here’s a list of movies which the Censor Board banned in India:


1. Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love (1996)


This Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed film is based on ancient Indian Hindu text written by Vātsyāyana. The Film depicts nudity and sexual scenes due to which it was banned by Censor Board of India. The Film got positive reviews from critics and won many Awards at Film Festivals.

The film stars Rekha, Indira Varma, and Naveen Andrews in lead roles.



2. Bandit Queen (1994)


Bandit Queen is a 1994 critically acclaimed Indian biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi.

The Film got banned in India due to depiction of nudity and extreme rape scenes. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. 

The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards. 



3. Fire (1996)


Fire is a 1996 Highly acclaimed romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta, and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das.

It was one of the first mainstream Bollywood films to explicitly show homosexual relations. The Film created lot of Controversy due to depiction of lesbian scenes in the Film and various Political Parties and Activists opposed the Film Release. This led to ban on the Film for some Time.



4. Paanch (2003)


This Anurag Kashyap’s film is “loosely” based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune. The Central Board of Film Certification objected to the film’s violence, the depiction of drug abuse and bad language.

The film never got a theatrical or home-video release.  After some cuts, the film was cleared in 2001. However, it could not be released as the producer faced some problems.


5. Urf Professor (2000)


Pankaj Advani’s Black Comedy Film Urf Professor starring Manoj Pahwa, Antara Mali and Sharman Joshi was also got into trouble. The movie focuses on the chaos after winning lottery ticket goes missing.

The Film got into trouble due to ‘vulgar scenes’ and ‘bold language’ used in this black comedy film, which ultimately led to a ban on the movie.




6. Black Friday (2004)


Anurag Kashyap’s Black friday was based on the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. The Film was inspired from the book Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, written by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. 

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 on 9 February 2007 after Supreme Court of India allowed it following the verdict in the ’93 Bombay blast case was delivered by TADA court.


7. Sins (2005)


Sins is based on news story about a Kerala priest sentenced to death on sexual harassment and murder charges.

Film has a few controversial topless scenes and unconventional love cum passionate affair of a young girl with an otherwise older priest due to which the movie was banned by the censor board of India. The film depicts a Catholic priest romantically involved with a young woman.

Film was protested against by those that felt it was a negative portrayal of Catholicism and indecent. Catholic Secular Forum filed a public interest litigation to stall its release. 



8. Firaaq (2008)


Firaaq is a 2008 Hindi political thriller film directed by Nandita Das, set one month after the 2002 Gujarat riots and looks at the aftermath in its effects on the lives of everyday people. It claims to be based on thousands of true stories. The Film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Paresh Rawal, Sanjay Suri, and Tisca Chopra.

The Film got banned for some time due to Political Issues.



9. Gandu (2010)


Gandu is an Indian Bengali Language film shot in Black and White Format. The Film has 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 at the Osian Film Festival. The main star Anubrata Basu is shown with his penis fully erect in a blowjob scene. 

Gandu has received mainly positive reviews from critics.



10. Unfreedom (2015)


Unfreedom is a 2014 Indian drama film directed by Raj Amit Kumar. 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. He refused  the cuts which led to complete ban on the Film.

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.

The Film focuses on Lesbian Relationship and depicts lesbian kisses and sex scenes due to which the film got completely banned in India.



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