Obtaining a Certificate from the Indian censor board is equal to a hard nut to crack. And the movies which get the privilege of receiving the certificate from the censor board of India feel fortunate. Unfortunately, every director and producer do not obtain this happiness if they do not strictly adhere to the guidelines specified by the Indian censor board.
In recent years, we have come across many such incidents where movies were banned or put on halt if they found violating the Guidelines specified by the Censor Board. In recent past, Shahid Kapoor movie Udta Punjab was suggested to be passed by the censor board after 100 cuts which was later challenged by the producer in the Court and the Court overruled the censor board Judgment and allowed Udta Punjab to release.
However, Udta Punjab is an exceptional case; there were several movies in the past which got stuck with the censor board due to the usage of explicit sexual content, verbal abuse, crude language, and taboo.
Let’s have a glance over some of the most controversial movies of Indian cinema which did not get approval from Board due to their controversial subjects.
Kama Sutra: Directed by prominent film-maker Mira-Nair, the film received rave reviews from the critics and foreign audiences. However, as expected in India this movie did not get released because Indian Censor Board did not pass and referred it “unethical,” “immoral” and “explicit” in its content. The movie fire had contained several heterosexual and homosexual scenes which eventually did not go well down with the censor board.
Bandit-Queen: The Shekhar Gupta directed much-acclaimed film Bandit Queen 1994 also could not get escaped from the clutches of the Board due to its crude language and some nude scenes.
Paanch: Would you believe that this was the first movie directed by the famous director Anurag Kashyap. However, due to the objection of Indian Censor Board this movie has not got released even today. The Indian censor board stated the reason behind banning this movie was a glorification of Drugs, specific use of abusive language, Sex, and cruelty.
However, Board had suggested some cuts in the film which the director refused to agree. Hence, the movie is yet to be released.
Unfreedom (2015): Unfreedom was a movie directed by Raj Amit Kumar. The movie depicts the lesbian love relation and Muslim fundamentalist which were more than enough for Censor board to ban the release of this movie in India. However, the movie is available on the internet, so once watch it from there.
Gandu: Gandu, the name in itself is enough for you to understand the fate of this movie. This black and white Bengali film directed by the Qaushiq Mukherjee received warmly by the critics and selected for the Berlin film festival. However, Indian censor board was not kind enough to let this movie got released. The movie was banned by the censor board for displaying oral sex and private organs of the lead actor.
Chatrak: Chatrak 2011 was also a Bengali Movie starring Paoli Dam and Anubrata Basu which was banned in India for its explicit sex scene between the lead pair. The film depicts a hot steamy scene between the lead pair where they both indulge in oral sex or cunnilingus.
Sins: The movie causes a huge uproar in India for the wrong depiction of Catholicism and the nude scene of the lead actress. The movie describes the life of a Kerala priest who gets romantically and sexually involved with a woman. And try to hide that relationship from the world.
Fire: Fire 1996 a much-acclaimed movie which addresses the issue of Homosexuality brilliantly did not get released in India because of is bold content. The movie which was packed with the exceptional performances of Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das banned by the Censor board labeling it “immoral” and “indecent.” for Indian audiences.