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    18 Movies That Got Into Trouble For No Reason At All

    So easy to get people to outrage in this country.

    1. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

    Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love, directed by Mira Nair, was banned in India with the officials stating that the film’s sexual content was too "unethical" and "immoral" for Indian sensitivities.

    2. My Name Is Khan

    After Shah Rukh Khan remarked on the inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL, he was condemned by Shiv Sena. There were consequent protests and demonstrations against him and demands that cinemas in India refuse to screen the film.

    3. Aarakshan

    The movie was based on the caste-based reservations in India, which was sensitive enough to cause a controversy. The film was banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh before its theatrical release.

    4. Julie

    Julie was extremely controversial because of its content relating to premarital pregnancy and inter-religious marriages, which were still considered social taboos back in 1975.

    5. Madras Cafe

    The war drama revolving around the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and India’s interventions in the Sri Lankan civil war led to protests in south India with regard to its depiction of the Tamil rebels.

    6. Garm Hava

    The movie was held by the Censor Board for eight months fearing communal unrest, before it was released in 1973. The movie told the story of a Muslim family and the difficulties they faced post the partition of India.

    7. Nishabd

    The movie inspired by American Beauty and Lolita, where a sixty-year-old fell in love with his daughter’s friend, was apparently against Indian values according to the Congress government party officials in Uttar Pradesh.

    8. Bandit Queen

    The biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi, was criticised for its excessive use of abusive language, sexual content and nudity.

    9. The Dirty Picture

    The movie based on the life of actress Silk Smitha brought negative attention to the film, with people stating that it seemed “disrespectful” to women. The movie also displeased her brother V. Naga Vara Prasad, who sent a legal notice to the director and producer.

    10. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela

    Some members of an NGO held a protest outside a theatre demanding the title of the movie to be changed because the title apparently hurt the religious sentiments of certain communities.

    11. Fire

    Fire created uproar on the first day of its release because it was one of the first Bollywood films to explicitly show homosexual relations. More than 200 Shiv Sena party members stormed a theatre in Mumbai, smashing glass panes, burning posters, and shouting slogans.

    12. PK

    The movie allegedly hurt religious sentiments because a man dressed as Lord Shiva was pulling the rickshaw with two burqa clad women as passengers. Another controversy was regarding the movie poster. A PIL was filed against the release of the movie saying it promoted nudity and vulgarity.

    13. Aandhi

    There were allegations that the film was based on the life of Indira Gandhi, despite the director denying any connection with her life. Even after its release, the director was asked to remove scenes which showed the lead actress smoking and drinking during an election campaign and the film was completely banned during the Emergency in 1975.

    14. Fanaa

    Aamir Khan made some comments regarding Narendra Modi's handling of the Narmada Dam, which did not go well with BJP and the Government of Gujarat. This led to protests, burning of effigies, and an unofficial ban of the movie in the entire state of Gujarat.

    15. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

    In the wake of the Uri attacks, which outraged the citizens, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena asked Pakistani artists to leave the country. Since Pakistani actor Fawad Khan played an important role in ADHM, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association threatened to boycott the film fearing protests and damage to their properties. MNS also proclaimed that they would not allow the release of the film.

    16. Water

    Even before filming of Water began, right-wing activists destroyed and burned the film sets and issued suicide threats because it apparently insulted Hindu sentiments and depicted Hindu culture in a poor light.

    17. Haider

    People called for a boycott of this movie altogether, because many felt that the movie was an unfair portrayal of the Indian Army since the film portrayed scenes of torture in Indian army camps and abuse of human rights by Indian officials.

    18. Padmaavat

    There were allegations from groups such as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, claiming that the film depicts factual inaccuracies and portrays the Rajput queen Padmavati in a bad light. Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were given death threats by the Karni Sena. Even after it was cleared for release, Rajput women in Rajasthan are threatening to commit suicide if the movie is released.

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