Banned: Movies That Could Not See Light Due To Censorship Issues

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Censorship is a big issue in India specially when it comes to movies. There are a lot of things a film has to go through to get passed by the censor board. Sometimes a little cuts are what they demand but there are times when they call the complete movie inappropriate for the audiences. There are many reasons such things happen some times because of nudity and vulgar dialogues and other times due to the sentiments they hurt of a certain section of society.

Here is a list of movies that censor board of India did not approve of.

1. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Kama Sutra originated in India but censor board halted the release of movie saying it was ‘vulgar’ and ‘immoral’. This Mira Nair movie was a hit with the critics but flopped commercially when released after suggestive cuts.

2. The Pink Mirror (2003)

The movie which dealt with the subject of transgenders and transsexuals was something too offensive for the censor board officials even if the movie gat great reviews at the film festivals.
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3. Paanch (2003)

An Anurag Kashyap movie which was banned due to presence of ‘high violence’ and ‘bad language’ was a crime-thriller. Based on 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune was never released but a pirated version was leaked online.
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4. Fire (1996)

A lesbian relationship between two sister-in-laws is what Deepa Mehta potrayed in this movie. The movie got critical acclaim worldwide but back home all it got was controversy and finally a ban.
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5. Water (2005)

Another Deepa Mehta movie that showcased the life of widows in an ashram of varanasi in 1940s. The film covered subjects like ostracism and misogyny and faced various protests while being filmed in Varanasi. After several controversies filmed got released later.
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6. Black Friday (2004)

Based on the Bombay serial blasts of 1993 this Anurag Kashyap movie was not allowed to released as the case was still pending in the TADA court.
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7. Bandit Queen (1994)

This Shekhar Kapur movie was based on the life of dacoit Phoolan Devi. The movie was termed offensive, vulgar and indecent due to its sexual content and abusive language.
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8. Amu (2005)

Based on a book by same name and written by Shonali Bose it is a movie about 1984 Sikh Riots that happened in capital the movie was not accepted by the censor board due to its controversial subject.
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