October 20, 2016: Censorship in movies has always been a problematic issue in India. Bollywood, which is one of the largest film industries in the world, in terms of the number of movies produced per year, have faced the wrath of Censor board every now and then. Directors who tend to come out of the shells and try to give to the audience something extraordinary or may be realistic which indulges strong (read bold) language, suggestive (read vulgar) scenes, taboos which all are way ahead of its time are often barred.
Here is the list of 5 banned Indian movies for the movie buffs who would like to watch them anyway-
1. Bandit Queen (1994)
Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, Shekhar Kapur’s movie Bandit Queen was banned by the Censor board for the use of abusive language, nudity, and explicit sexual content.
2. Fire (1996)
Deepa Mehta’s Fire failed to impress the Censor board because of the subject of the story. Lesbian relationship between two sisters-in-laws in a Hindu family received critical acclaim worldwide but was strictly banned in India.
3. Parzania (2005)
Gujarat’s scarred past is cut open in the movie Parzania. It received appreciation as well as criticisms in equal amount. The film won a National Award for its cinematic excellence but it was not allowed to screen in Gujarat and was fiercely banned there.
4. Black Friday (2004)
Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday which is loosely adapted from the Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by S Hussain Zaidi was way too dark to be released in India. The movie also faced a stay order from the Bombay High Court. The movie was banned for 2 years but has received appreciation from the critics from all over the world.
5. Water (2005)
Another Deepa Mehta film, Water caused a lot of controversy because of the subject of the story, which depicts the dark insights on the life of Indian widows. It covers controversial subjects like misogyny and ostracism.
– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi