Bollywood films that courted controversies

Updated: Jan 31, 2013, 13:42
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    Vishwaroopam: Kamal Haasan's Rs 95 crore espionage thriller is hogging the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Its screening was banned in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh after around 25 Muslim organisations alleged that the sections of the film portray the community in a bad light. Earlier, Kamal had to face the wrath of theatre owners, who opposed his decision to release it on DTH (direct-to-home) first and then take it to the big screen. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Shanghai: A petition was filed against the political thriller in the Delhi High Court for an interim stay on the release of the film until its controversial song Bharat Mata Ki Jai was deleted. The court dismissed the plea saying there was nothing insulting in the song and it merely depicted the existing state of affairs in India. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    The Dirty Picture: Silk Smitha's brother filed a petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking a ban on the movie objecting to the way his late sister was portrayed in the film. He also claimed that the filmmakers never took the family’s consent to make the film on Silk Smitha. The court dismissed the petition after the filmmakers clarified that the film was not based on the life of the actor. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Hate Story: The erotic thriller fell into a host of controversies. The steamy scenes and explicit language used in the uncensored trailer of the Paoli Dam-Nikhil Dwivedi-starrer didn’t go down well with the moral police. Another controversy was added to the list when the posters of the film upset West Bengal board of censorship. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Delhi Belly: Aamir Khan's 'Delhi Belly' led to protests and even a court case against its dialogue and content, which critics said was vulgar and offensive. The film got an 'A' certificate, but some criticised India's censor board for even allowing it through uncut. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Rockstar: Imitiaz Ali's 'Rockstar' was mired in controversy over showing the Tibetan flag and 'Free Tibet' slogan in the backdrop of its song 'Sadda Haq'. The Censor Board's move to edit out the scene invited the ire of Tibetans across the country. As a mark of protest the activists said that they would be carrying Tibetan flags during the premieres of the movie at various theatres. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Paan Singh Tomar: Alleging breach of promise, Balwant Singh, the nephew of dacoit Paan Singh Tomar, lodged an FIR against director Tigmanshu Dhulia, claiming the director had promised him 40 lakh for details of his uncle's transition from an athlete to a dacoit. Also, the production house risked losing Rs 3.5 lakh in cash and put many people’s life in jeopardy by hanging the huge sum of money on a prominent hoarding in Mumbai. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Aarakshan: Amitabh Bachchan's film 'Aarakshan' was mired in controversy with protests from caste groups forcing the producers to cut parts of the film, highlighting deep-seated social tensions in the country. Many caste groups complained that the film portrayed them in a negative light because of certain scenes in which characters say untouchables, known as 'Dalits', are dirty and fit to polish the shoes of their social betters. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Chakravyuh: The ‘Mehengai’ song in ‘Chakravyuh’ allegedly hurt the sentiments of people by mentioning Tata, Birla and Bata so much that a defamation suit was filed by shoemaker Bata, raising objection to the use of its name in the lyrics. The song was, however, allowed to feature in the film with a disclaimer that the names were being used ‘symbolically’
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    My Name Is Khan: A comment by Shah Rukh Khan on the exclusion of Pakistani players from the Indian Premier League ignited Shiv Sena’s ire. Posters and banners were brought down, slogans were shouted and effigies were burnt. Shiv Sena sent notices to all theatres threatening them with dire consequences if they exhibited the film. The Maharashtra state government offered full security to exhibitors and the film was released after being postponed for three days. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2010 and the top grossing Hindi film in international markets. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Jodhaa Akbar: This Ashutosh Gowariker film created one of the biggest controversy just before its release. The protesters objected to the portrayal of Jodhaa as Akbar’s wife. They insisted that Jodhaa was Akbar’s daughter-in-law and not wife. The film was banned in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. However, it went on to become a box office success. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Wake Up Sid: In October 2009, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena protested the use of the word 'Bombay' instead of 'Mumbai' in the movie. The matter was resolved only after filmmaker Karan Johar (the film's producer) agreed to insert an apology at the start of the movie. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Kurbaan: The Karan Johar film got mired in controversy with the Shiv Sena objecting to the movie's poster that flaunted actress Kareena Kapoor's bare back. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Black Friday: This was Anurag Kashyap's ambitious project based on the 1993 Bombay serial bombings. The film tried to recreate the incident and the intense feelings that followed. The film's screening was banned. It remained in the cans for two years. In 2004, a petition was filed by the people named in the film asking for a stay on its release. The argument was upheld but the film was finally released in 2007
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    Fanaa: Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Fanaa’ faced a ban in Gujarat following his anti-Narmada Dam project statements. Aamir had demanded proper rehabilitation of the farmers displaced by the construction of the dam. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Parzania: Co-written and directed by Rahul Dholakia, it was based on a true story during the Gujarat riots. It tells the story of a 10-year-old Parsi boy, Parzan Pithawala, who disappears after the Gulbarg Society massacre in Ahmedabad. The film was banned in Gujarat following fears of a communal uproar
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    Fire: Deepa Mehta's 1996 film starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das in prominent roles, depicted homosexual relations between two women. The film's release led to a flurry of protests with certain political parties accusing it of maligning Indian culture
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    Bombay: Mani Ratnam’s classic film based on the Babri Masjid demolition and the subsequent riots in Bombay (now Mumbai) caused severe uproar over the representation of inter-religious relations and riots. The acclaimed director received threats and a bomb was also hurled at his house
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    Firaaq: Directed by Nandita Das, ‘Firaaq’ was a hard-hitting portrayal of families caught in the vicious aftermath of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. It was banned in the state but went on to win two National Film Awards. Pic/ Santa Banta
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    Hey Ram: Some political parties protested the alleged negative depiction of Mahatma Gandhi in yet another controversial Kamal Haasan film
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    Girlfriend: Since this Karan Razdan film dealt with lesbianism, there were calls for the movie to be banned. Posters of the film were also burnt in some places
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    Dam 999: Tamil Nadu banned the screening of 'Dam 999' due to widespread protests against the movie that was seen as taking a pro-Kerala stand in the Mullaperiyar Dam case
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Kamal Haasan's multilingual ‘Vishwaroopam’ is the latest in the line of films to get embroiled in legal and other wrangles for purportedly hurting the sentiments of various sections of society. A look at some others that faced similar issues

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