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11 Films That Would Definitely Run Into Trouble With The Censor Board If They Released Today

SRK's iconic summer camp entry scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai would never have seen the light of day in 2017.

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Under Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC has made some truly inexplicable decisions over the past year or so. Perfectly inoffensive content has been deemed unsuitable for public viewing by the board.

With some of the edits they've ordered in mind, here are some Bollywood movies from years past that would have a really tough time getting cleared today:

1. Sholay

Sippy Films

Middle fingers, like the subtle one in this scene, are a huge no-no for the censors these days. War Dogs was given an A-certificate last year, and still had to delete a scene with the bird being flipped.


2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Dharma Productions

It's highly doubtful that the hippie remix of "Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram" in SRK's iconic summer camp entry scene would be allowed today. Phillauri was just made to mute the "Hanuman Chalisa" from a scene because it "amounted to the hurting of religious sentiments".

3. Dil Chahta Hai

Excel Entertainment

Karan Johar was made to delete a dialogue that went, “Umra main badi hai, experience bhi kamaal ka hai” from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. This is basically the same thing Akash says to Sid in the pivotal DCH scene where their friendship falls apart. No dialogue, no conflict.

4. Rang De Basanti


Several U-rated films have been asked to remove or mute the word "saala" recently, as it might influence children. The song "Roobaroo" literally starts with the words "Ae Saala".

5. Tamanna

Pooja Bhatt Productions

Paresh Rawal plays a eunuch in a role that won him a National Award. The CBFC just barred critically acclaimed The Danish Girl, which has a transgender protagonist, from being aired on television because "the whole subject is controversial, and it’s unsuitable to be viewed by children".


6. Ishqiya

Shemaroo Entertainment

One of Indian cinema's most seductive scenes has Vidya Balan sucking on Arshad Warsi's thumb in this Vishal Bhardwaj classic. A similar scene was completely cut out from The Girl On The Train last year.

7. Aiyyaa

Viacom 18

The CBFC has asked multiple filmmakers to delete suggestive innuendo from their films. Lipstick Under My Burkha was refused certification because the story was "lady-oriented". The story of a woman crushing on a man, Aiyyaa wouldn't see the light of day in 2017.

8. Kaminey


Several films have been asked to replace or mute the words "kamina" and "kamini" over the past year or so, which basically rules out this Vishal Bhardwaj cult classic from ever releasing with this title now.

9. Mann

Maruti International

Upcoming film Sameer was just made to cut a fleeting dialogue with the words "mann ki baat" because it might have been seen as a reference to PM Modi's radio show. Mann had an entire song called "Kyun Chhupate Ho Mann Ki Baat".

11. And any movie that has poked fun at the government, ever.


Multiple films, from Udta Punjab to Angry Indian Goddesses, have faced Pahlaj Nihalani's wrath for criticising government institutions directly or indirectly.