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10 controversial films released before Padmaavat in India

When it comes to movies that faced severe controversies, Padmaavat is not the first one. Here are 10 other controversial movies released in India before Padmaavat.

  1. Movie – No Fire Zone
    1. Release Year – 2014
    2. Reason – The Sri Lankan Civil War documentary was not allowed for public screening by the Censor Board. Director Callum Macrae decided to release the film on the internet to circumvent the ban.
  2. Movie – Kaum De Heere
    1. Release Year – 2014
    2. Reason – The film was banned by the central government after the Intelligence Bureau had warned that the film may cause communal tensions. The film glorified the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
  3. Movie – 50 Shades of Grey
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – After much hype and controversies, that the movie will be banned and why this movie should not be released in India. The film was not given a rating by the Censor Board, even after voluntary cuts by the distributor. The movie indeed become a blockbuster.
  4. Movie – Main Hoon Rajinikanth
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – Notable south Indian actor Rajinikanth moved the Madras High Court to stop the release of this film stating that it violated his personality rights. A stay was granted, and the makers of the movie were directed not use superstar’s name, image or likeness. The director Faisal Saif later said he had shown the film to the actor and his lawyers to assure them. The film’s title was later changed to Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer.
  5. Movie – Unfreedom
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – The film was denied a rating by the Censor Board. The film examined same sex relationships and religious fundamentalism in India. The director Raj Amit Kumar was told by the Board that film will cause clashes between Hindus and Muslims, and will provoke “unnatural passions”.
  6. Movie – India’s Daughter
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – This television documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape was prevented from being broadcast by a stay order from a court, due to perceived negative public sentiment[44][45] including remarks defending the rape which drew public outcry in India when the film was shown. The movie was uploaded to YouTube and the Indian government requested it be removed.
  7. Movie – Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – The movie was initially denied clearance by CBFC, but was later cleared by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal
  8. Movie – The Mastermind Jinda Sukha
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – The film was cleared by the CBFC but banned by the Minister of Home Affairs. The films is based on the lives of the assassins of General Arun Shridhar Vaidya. The makers of the film decided to release it overseas.
  9. Movie – The Painted House
    1. Release Year – 2015
    2. Reason – The CBFC denied a rating to film for containing nudity. They suggested the scenes should be blurred or deleted.
  10. Movie – Mohalla Assi
    1. Release Year – 2016
    2. Reason – The CBFC denied a rating to the film. The film deals with the commercialisation of the pilgrimage city Varanasi. On December 11, 2017, Delhi High Court allowed the release of the film with one cut and adult certification, setting aside the order of CBFC.

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