11 Bollywood Movies That Were Banned In India: Movies That Trembled Censor Board

Bollywood is one of the biggest film industry in the entire world. Fans are quite crazy for the movies that are being released every year. Bollywood celebrities are ideals of myriad fans. They just love to follow them. Whatever films are portrayed, there are sure chances that the viewers follow it by heart. So, there are some movies that can impact adversely on the viewers. Consequently, a few movies have been prohibited by the censor board. These bans on the movie are due to some explicit content shown in the movies which would not be good for the general public to watch. Although some of them had great message via films but because of the content, these films were never allowed to release in India.

Here is the list of Bollywood movies that have been banned completely be censor board in India:


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Homosexuality is still not acceptable in India. It is said to be against our culture. Quite a few films have been made in India on the concept of Homosexuality and Un-freedom is among them. Un-freedom talks about the story of Two lesbians. Not only did it have explicit and adult content not worth for the viewers t watch, the film talked about Muslim Fundamentals. As the movie could provoke riots and was against the culture, censor board banned the film.



Kama Sutra was an oldest Bollywood film, which was released on 28 February 1997. This film is directed by Mira Nair, produced by Caroline Bron, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair, written by Mira Nair & by Helena Kriel, cinematography by Declan Quinn and edited by Kristina Boden. The title was taken from the Indian text, the Kama Sutra. The film was completely banned by the censor board because it contained wrong messages for adults and the general public with regards to sexual knowledge. Although the film was ban in India, it was released worldwide. Declan won the Independent Spirit Award for the Best cinematography for this film in 1998. This film was also nominated for the Golden Seashell award at San Sebastian International film Festival in 1996 and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.



The Fire was an Indian romantic Drama film written by Deepa Mehta and produced by Kaleidoscope Entertainment. Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das are the actresses in the film. The Movie is based on homosexuality concept. Lesbianism is an illegal action and in this movie, all the activities are clearly shown that is practiced by the lesbians which lead to a ban of this movie in India. After some discussions, Censor board of India decided, not to cut the scenes of the movie and passed it with a rating of “Adult” by only changing a character’s name ‘Sita’ to ‘Nita’. The Movie was firstly screened on 13 November 1998 and become a houseful movie in the most metropolitan cities for almost three weeks in India. Its Box office, earning was $501533.



It was an Indian Hindi drama film directed and written by Sridhar Rangayan, produced by Saagar Gupta and released on 14 January 2006. It’s actors and actresses are Edwin Fernandes, Ramesh Menon, Deepak Sonavane, Rufy Baqal and Rishi Raj. This was the first Indian film, which was comprehensively focused on Indian transsexual relationship. The Whole movie is revolving around two transsexuals and a gay; and the way, they attempt to seduce a man. The Censor board noticed that the film is too much vulgar, so, they decided to ban this movie, but it was screened at more than 70 international film festivals all over the world and won awards. This film received support as well as critics from the reviewers.



Kissa Kursi Ka was an Indian Hindi film produced in 1977, directed by Amrit Nahata who was a member of the Indian parliament. The Movie was produced by Bhagwant Deshpande, Vijay Kashmiri, and Baba Majgavkar. Its music was given by Jai dev Verma. Shabana Azmi, Raj Babbar, Utpal Dutt, Rehana Sultan, Manohar Singh had played the leading roles in this movie. The film was pictured on the Politics of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi. The Movie portrayed the corrupt system and Selfishness of politicians. Two rival parties contest against each other in elections. The third party bribes the main contestants to withdraw their name and puts forward their own candidature. For these reasons, the movie was banned by the Indian government during the period of emergency.



Sikkim was an Indian documentary about the state of Sikkim. It was directed by Satyajit Ray, produced by the Chogyal of Sikkim Palden Thondup Namgyal. He made this film when he felt that Sikkim is under threat from both China and India. When Sikkim was merged with India in 1975, the Government of India banned this movie in India, but in September 2010, the ban was finally lifted by the ministry of External Affairs and then the movie was screened at the Film festival of Kolkata in Nandan in November 2010.



Directed by M. S. Sathyu, Garam Hawa was depicted on the unpublished story written by Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai. This movie was banned because the censor board believed that the movie was against the Hindu culture. Basically, it was a story of a Muslim businessman in the post-partition period of India 1947. The movie depicted huge violence against the Hindus and their culture, that’s why it was banned by the censor board. It got honored with the Filmfare award before getting banned.



Indiana Jones and the temple of doom was partially banned because of the reason of racist portrayals of Indian people. It had depicted the wrong aspects regarding India, which compelled the censor board to put a ban on this. All the characters that were shown in the movie served as monkey brains. The film was released in 1984 and got partially banned by the censor board because it could not allow the viewers to watch this movie.



The Final Solution was the movie directed by Rakesh Sharma. The film portrayed the Gujarat riots and the worst situation that Gujarat people faced in 2002. In the riots, thousands of people got injured and killed. The film portrayed the whole incident and the experience of people, but the censor board considered it right to ban the movie because it may further push the violence in people. The reasons were genuine behind the ban. But after all hardships, the film managed its release in 2004.



Black Friday was the movie based on Mumbai bomb blasts that occurred in 1993. The director, Anurag Kashyap, had portrayed the whole incident of the bomb blasts. At the Indian film festival, Los Angeles, this movie won the Grand Jury Prize. Also, at the Locarno International Film Festival, it got nominations for the Best Film award. Because of the controversial content present in the movie, the censor board banned it from releasing on the silver screen. On February 9, 2007, Supreme Court of India gave permission for its release, after cutting the horrifying portions of the film.

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Directed by Sonali Bose, this movie was banned by the censor board because this movie was featuring the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. It was a powerful film that portrayed the whole incident in the movie. The director had deeply conveyed the message and the story she depicted in the movie perfectly portrayed the whole situation. The deadly fights and the whole imagination ruled over the hearts of the public. The movie got honored with big awards as it showcased the dark chapter of India in an exceptional way.

Going by the list, there is not only sexual films which have been banned in India. But there are films based on True incidents like Gujarat Riots, Bombay blasts which also faced a Ban in India. The filmmaker’s valor goes in vain to showcase what actually happened to that real incident due to censor board’s ban, but it is nothing new in India. There are several films every year that face the BAN Issue. These movies may unfavorably impact the people in general everywhere, so the censor board could not digest it and prohibited completely. That’s the reason of keeping these movies out of the range of the people around the world. Strict rules have been made so that the audience can watch the quality films and can get positive messages after release.


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