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Bollywood's Most Controversial Movies

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India is changing, Bollywood is changing, the youth are changing and so is the kind of films being made. Filmmakers have become so bold in terms of the topics they choose that they end up making Bollywood's most controversial movies.

With the change in time, filmmakers have changed but the audiences have still not opened up as much as they would want them to which leads to controversies and speculations to whether the movie should have been made. Such films end up in the Bollywood's most controversial films list.

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The sensitive topics or lifestyle the director chooses to base his movies on are not always accepted, some tend to hurt the audiences' emotion which lands the movie in trouble. Terrorism, politics and sexuality are the three sensitive issues that forms the heart of major controversial films.

Such controversial movies in India are many but let's take a look at 10 most controversial movies ever made in Bollywood.

Madras Café (2013)

The director is faced a lot of flak from Tamil Nadu's Naam Tamizar and MDMK for his depiction of post civil war in Sri Lanka. The political parties tried to ban the movie but actor turned producer John Abraham was not deterred.

Aandhi (1975)

This political drama got into a controversy due to rumors that it was the story of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. In truth, it was only the look of lead actress Suchitra Sen that was inspired. The movie was not released fully when Gandhi was in power, and was banned in 1975's emergency as well.

Kissa Kursi Ka (1977)

This movie too was said to be based on the political satire of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi and was also banned by the government during the Emergency. The government confiscated all prints of the movie and burnt them. Reportedly the producer was handed in a show cause notice with 51 objections!

Fanaa (2006)

The movie did not make any controversy as such but all hell broke loose when Aamir Khan went to promote this movie in Gujarat and made comments showing his concern for the rehabilitation of villagers affected by the Narmada Dam. The political parties took great offense and as a result the movie was unofficially banned in Gujarat & the posters were also burnt.

My Name Is Khan (2010)

SRK reportedly was harassed by the immigration officers when he went to the USA to promote his films. He also ran into a trouble with Shiv Sena when he made a comment about Pakistani cricket players not coming to play in the IPL. As a result, there were attacks on cinemas and booking centers.

Black Friday (2004)

An adaptation of S. Hussain Zaidi's book about the 1993 Bombay bombings, this movies was not released in theaters for two years. The accused in the actual bombings were named in the movie and so they sent a petition seeking a stay. The verdict was still pending as they thought the movie might bias public opinion against them. The movie saw the light of day after two years!

Bandit Queen (1994)

It was based on the life of the Indian dacoit Phoolan Devi, received as many accolades as possible but due to excess nudity, sex and violence the film did not go down well with the Indian censor board and they banned it. Phoolan Devi too tried getting a stay order to prevent the movie's release. However, the movie was highly acclaimed in international film festivals.

Fire (1996)

The audiences went into a frenzy at the portrayal of a lesbian relationship - and protests by Shiv Sena supporters broke out. There was a massive to and fro arguments between the protesters and the supporters of this path-breaking movie.

Sins (2005)

The Shiney Ahuja starrer was based on a Kerela priest who was sentenced to death on sexual harassment and murder charges in 1988. Needless to say, the Catholics were not amused when the movie was released.


It explored the idea of rehabilitation of prostitutes. The intimate scenes of the lead actress was what brought the film into notice. The audiences were not impressed with the movie.

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