Banned Why? 10 Hindi Movies That Are Banned By The Censor Board!

‘Bollywood’, the world’s biggest film industry is known for its annual film productions. Though most of them are viewed by public, many of them do not reach them. These films are either banned by the censor board or the state government for various reasons. The reasons may be variant, sexual scenes, anti-religious stories, gender taboos, political conspiracies, etc. However, whether they are Banned or not, these movies have a story that mean a lot. So, here is a list of a few movies that were Banned for public viewing.


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Bandit Queen (1994)

Picture on the real life of ‘Phoolan devi’, this Shekhar Kapur film was banned because its overt scenes, abusive language and nudity, things that were too Bold for the public in 1994.


Fire (1996)

India has still not accepted Gay marriages! But, this movie showcased the story of 2 hindu sister-in-laws and their lesbian relations. The movie was highly acclaimed in various film festivals, but was not accepted in India, especially by Hindu sanghs. The director and the lead actresses received life threats and was finally Banned by the Censor Board.

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Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love (1996)

Height of hypocrisy! India gave the world Kamasutra, the art of making love, but when a movie is made based on it, it is banned. The movie was critically acclaimed worldwide but, the dear jury members of the Censor board thought that the film was too bold for the Indian audience.

Other films like “Urf Professor (2000) and The Pink Mirror (2003), both met with the same fate. The first one, for obscene pictures and brash “language”. The second film got banned because it dealt with “Trans- sexual and gay” characters along with a normal character.

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Paanch (2003)

A movie based on the serial murders that haunted Maharashtra in and around 1976. The case was famous by the name, Joshi – Abhyankar serial murders. The film Paanch was directed by Anurag Kashyap and revolved about these serial murders. Howver, it was banned due to its bold dialogues and horrifying murder scenes.

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Black Friday (2004)

Yet another Anurag Kashyap film, Black Firday (a true story) is based on “Bombay Bomb Blasts”. The Bombay high court issued a “stay order” as the issue was pending for verdict and the Censor board banned it mainly because the film was considered Dark for the Audience.

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Parzania (2005)

Talking of riots and bomb blasts, the Gujarat Riots is something that no one can forget. Parzania, as a film was praised for its superb presentation but was banned due to the religious issues highlighted in the movie, a topic which could again provoke the violence.

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Sins (2005)

A priest falls into the charms of a woman and starts his sexual journey with her. The film got vetoed by the censor board because of its “nude Scenes” and it did not meet with Catholic approval. The Catholic society felt that the film portrayed a morally wrong culture of Catholic priesthood.

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Water (2005)

“Water” a Deepa Mehta film, screenplay written by Anurag Kashyap centered around touchy subjects like isolation and “misogyny”. The theme was strange for the judging panel (censor board). The demonstrators went to the extent of destroying the film settings. However, the movie was nominated at the Oscars for its storyline. Surprising!!

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Firaaq (2008)

Based on the Gujarat Riots, the film when released won appreciation from viewers and critics alike. Initially “Nadita Das” had to face a lot of criticism for wounding the Hindu/Muslim feelings and resulting in the film being vetoed.

Other films like Gandu(2010), Inshallah, Football(20100, Dazed in Doon (2010) and Unfreedom (2015) got disqualified for viewing mainly due to their offending nudity, sex scenes and other religious issues.

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