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Well, the censorship issues surrounding Hindi film Udta Punjab, had grabbed the attention of the media. With a High court order coming in favour of the makers of Udta Punjab, the film has got a new lease of life.
Today, we are going to list some of the Malayalam movies which incidentally had to face a ban or were denied certification due to various reasons.
Go through the slides to know more about the films..
Chaayam Poosiya Veedu/The Painted House (2015)
The film was denied certification by CBFC due to certain nude scenes in the film. The makers of the film Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan were not ready for the cuts as they felt that the scenes did play an important part in the film. Recently, after some legal battle, the film got the permission to be screened with an Adults Only certificate.
Pithaavinum Puthranum (2013)
The film directed by Deepesh had the script written by Balram Mattannur. It was denied certification stating that the movie might hurt the religious sentiments of people. The film was initially titled as Pithavinum Puthranum Parishudhathmavinum but later changed to Pithavinum Puthranum.
Kathakali, is the most recent film to join this list. The film directed by Oscar Saijo Kannanaikkal has been denied certification due to a nude scene which features towards the climax of the film. Censor Board asked the makers to remove the scene to grant certification.
Papilio Buddha (2013)
Papilio Buddha directed by Jayan K Cherian did run into trouble due to some sequences in the film which has supposedly degraded icons like Mahatma Gandhi, EMS Namboodirippaadu and Ayyankali. The board, later granted an A certificate for the film after muting certain dialogues.
Dam 999 (2011)
Well, Dam 999 directed by Sohan Roy had to face something different. The film was given clearance by the Censor Board but the film was banned in Tamil Nadu due to Mullaperiyar issue that was running high between the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu back then.
Many Malayalam film-makers came out in support of the makers of Udta Punjab. Film-makers like Rajeev Ravi, Aashiq Abu, Ranjith, Renji Panicker were vocal about their opinion on censorship issues and functioning of the board. In fact, this issue brought together the entire film-fraternity.
Recently, there was another controversy regarding censorship issues, when Rajeev Ravi's recent film Kammatipaadam was granted an A certificate.
The film was supposedly granted an A certificate, due to the excessive use of violence in the film. But, the viewers and industry people did question the act of the board, as the film didn't have too much violence to show.
Film Employees Federation Of Kerala (FEFKA) is also planning to approach the High Court against the regional Censor Board in Trivandrum. Much recently, a film named Kathakali, directed by Oscar Saijo Kannanaikkal was denied certification by the Board owing to nudity issues.