With the recent turmoil regarding what happens to Sony Picture's 'The Interview' and finally its online release, we bring to you those Bollywood which faced such opposition too; sometimes from the people and sometimes from the political parties. While some made it to the big Friday release, some couldn't!
Probably the oldest movie in this list. The movie got a very limited release and then an immediate ban, thanks to its plot around the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Though, the movie got a small screen release on Doordarshan when Congress lost the elections.
2. Bandit Queen:
Even Phoolan Devi, on whom the movie was based, tried to stop the movie from releasing. It was under controversies for its rape scenes and abusive language.
Mumbai. Delhi. Calcutta. Kanpur. Activists from various political parties stalled the screening of the film, which dealt with homosexual romance, burning the posters and vandalising the theatre. The movie supposedly dealt with a theme that was â€œnot a part of our cultureâ€. After a brief conflict between the political parties and the director, the movie was screened again without any disturbance.
4. Kissa Kursi Ka:
Well well. As they say, it's hard to come out once you get trapped in the vicious circle of politics. Something similar happened with the prints of this movie that was a spoof on Sanjay Gandhi. Once sent to the censor board for verification, the prints and master prints were burnt and a ban was imposed on the movie.
5. Wake Up Sid:
MNS chief Raj Thakarey went against the movie for calling Mumbai as 'Bombay' in the film. Karan Johar's timely apologies and a disclaimer notice in the beginning of the film saved the film.
How can one forget the controversy surrounding the Aamir Khan-Kajol film 'Fanaa'! Aamir Khan made certain comments regarding the construction of Narmada dam in Gujrat which didn't go down well with the ruling party of Gujrat. As a result, the movie was released throughout the country except Gujrat.
7. Jodha Akhbar:
Certainly a masterpiece by Ashutosh Gowariker, the movie was hugely opposed by Rajputs as they felt that their community had been portrayed in a different way from what the reality is. Also, some opposed the fact about Akhbar marrying Jodha. Gowariker was said to have distorted historical facts. As a result, the movie was not released in certain states of the country.
8. My Name Is Khan:
The movie faced huge criticism in the state from where Bollywood generates its most amount of revenue- Maharashtra. Reason? Lead actor Shah Rukh Khan spoke about increasing friendship between India and Pakistan which didn't go down well with the Shiv Sena chief Late Bal Thakarey. The movie and SRK faced huge opposition from the activists. SRK refused to apologise and stood firm on his ground.
As a result the movie, SRK and the Mumbai Police (who perfectly protected every single cinema hall in the state) emerged as the clear winners.
9. Madras CafÃ©:
The widely-acclaimed John Abraham starrer 'Madras CafÃ©', which dealt with a serious issue of Sri Lankan Civil war and Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, was caught in a political conflict in the southern states of the country. It was said that the movie showed Sri-Lankan Tamils and LTTE head Prabhakaran in a negative way.
The recently released 'PK' too has been dragged into various controversies upon its release by various religious and political organisations claiming the film tries to downgrade the rituals and beliefs of various religions.
Common fact: all these films went on to become hits in their own ways and were widely applauded by all except for the opposing people/parties. So do our filmmakers need to change the way they make films? Or people need to change the way they look at a movie?