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12 Films That the CBFC Banned Because Indians Supposedly Have No Chill

Controversies are part the Hindi film industry, and this masala is the lifeline of the industry. With the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), this seems to be an everyday issue, from the absurd cuts they demand from filmmakers to their 'sanskaari' take on every issue. Every time a film does something different from their set standards, their 'scissors' come right out.

So, we list out some of the films that ran into controversies and were either banned or stalled because of their thought-provoking content.

Water

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Deepa Mehta's trilogy ran into trouble for showing the lives of the widows in ashrams. They also wanted to shoot the film on the ghats, which did not fare well with many Hindu organisations. The posters of the film were burned on the ghats and many activists also organised suicide protests for the film so that production would stop.

Fire

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The first part of the Deepa Mehta's trilogy also ran into controversy for showing a lesbian relationship. The censors thought that the content was not right for Indian society. Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal protested against the theme of the film.

Madras Café

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When this film was released, a lot of Tamil groups demanded a ban on the film. The film was about the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by the Tamil Tiger Rebels in Sri Lanka in 1991 and the Indian intervention in the civil war in Sri Lanka. The content didn't go down well with many Tamilian groups.

Padmavati

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Padmavati is already in hot water, before it has even finished filming The sets of the film were vandalised by Karni Sena in Jaipur because they thought there were some intimate scenes in the film between Padmavati and Ala-ud-din Khilji, which allegedly isn't historically accurate. The mob even attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Udta Punjab

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The film became known for the kind of uproar it caused with the CBFC. The film talked about drug abuse in Punjab and was released during the Punjab elections, which made the CBFC demand a number of cuts. But the director of the film, Anurag Kashyap, fought till the end and the film was finally released with just one cut.

Sins

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The film was banned for its content. The film revolved around a Catholic priest romantically involved with a young woman. Many Christian communities protested against it and it was ultimately banned.

Bandit Queen

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Bandit Queen, which bagged three national awards, ran into controversy because of the abusive language and explicit scenes in it. The censor board reportedly had a problem with Seema Biswas' nude scenes and her rape scene.

Aandhi

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The film was allegedly based on the life of Indira Gandhi and was banned when Gandhi was in power. Later, when BJP came to power, the film was released and was also aired on Doordarshan.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram

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The film was banned because of some 'bold' scenes featuring Zeenat Aman and Shashi Kapoor. Later, when the ban was lifted, it became a huge success.

Siddhartha

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The film was banned because of some nude scenes and kissing scenes between Simi Garewal and Shashi Kapoor. The film was about self-discovery and attaining pleasure, which obviously did not sit well with the censor board.

Black Friday

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The film was based on the Mumbai blasts of 1993, and was stalled because many believed that the verdict of the case could be influenced by the content of the film. Therefore, they banned the film for two years.

OMG Oh My God!

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The film was not taken well by certain Hindu groups because of the way Hindu rituals were portrayed in the film, and was even banned in the UAE. Many people registered complaints against Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal for hurting their sentiments.

What did you think of the censor board's decisions?

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