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Top 5 Controversial Bollywood Movies

Padmaavat is not the only film that has created rage in India. Let’s check out few other films which created controversies in India.

  1. Bandit Queen

This film is based on the life of Phoolan Devi. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character. The music was composed by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The movie became disputed due to the brazen nude scenes, the rape scene and the cusses filled dialogues. It eventually released, with almost half the film cut. 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 premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee.

2. Fire

This was the first movie to explicitly show a homosexual relationship between two women which stirred negative reactions from the audience. Initially, it was passed uncut by India’s censor board with a rating of Adult. The film was first screened and ran to full houses in most metropolitan cities throughout India for almost three weeks. But soon, the protestors started vandalizing theaters across the country demanding the film to be taken off the theaters. The film was written and directed by Deepa Mehta, starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das.

3. Black Friday

Based on the Mumbai blasts of 1993, the film suffered because of the case still being the quagmire in judicial proceedings. Detractors felt that it could influence the decision for the bad, and hence decided to stall the release. The film was written and directed by Anurag Kashyap based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings.

4. Lipstick Under My Burkha

The film is written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha. The CBFC banned the film, deeming it too lady oriented in content, and being laced with sexual scenes and abusive language. The film stars an ensemble cast including Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in leading roles, along with Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Jagat Singh Solanki in supportive roles.


The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles. It tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission. He befriends a television journalist and questions religious dogmas and superstitions. Some group felt that the film hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community by mocking Gods and needed to be banned. They threatened to disrupt the screening of the film if it was not banned.