Not every film has a smooth and secure release. Before it touches the screen, some have to deal with legal issues, public outcry, and even a ban. Some of the most contentious films are never released due to cultural or religious concerns.
Other nations, in addition to the Indian censor board, frequently refuse to clear specific Indian films in order to protect a community, maintain harmony, or preserve the culture of their society.
The following are six Bollywood films that have been banned in other countries for various reasons.
1. The Kashmir Files (2022)
The film directed by Vivek Agnihotri, which sparked various debates in India, was recently banned in Singapore.
“Its controversial and one-sided portrayal of Muslims” was the cause. The authorities concluded that the picture “had the potential to incite animosity among different populations, damage social cohesiveness, and religious harmony.”
2. Bell Bottom (2021)
The action film starring Akshay Kumar was accused of falsifying facts and was consequently banned in three Gulf countries: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
Because to factual mistakes about UAE officials and their role in the 1984 tragedy, the members of the film certification board refused to clear it.
3. Neerja (2016)
Many Bollywood films have been banned in Pakistan, including Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja.
The biographical thriller film was based on an actual terrorist attack, however it was banned in Pakistan due to concerns that it casts a negative view on the country.
4. The Dirty Picture (2012)
In The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan’s role was inspired on actress Silk Smitha’s life.
Balan’s career was transformed by the strong representation, although it was deemed too offensive in a few nations. It was not shown in numerous countries, including Qatar, Pakistan, and Kuwait.
5. Delhi Belly (2011)
Anyone who has seen the film knows that it contains harsh language and indecent situations, which is why Nepal did not consider it fit for a cinema distribution. The film starring Imran Khan was not chosen.
6. Padmaavat (2018)
Padmaavat had a difficult time gaining traction in India.
It finally saw the light of day after much delay, threats, and social media fury. It did, however, hit a snag in Malaysia. Due to “Islamic sensitivities,” the censor board refused to clear it.