List of films banned in India
This is a list of films that have been or are banned in India. This list includes titles that were refused a rating by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) initially or permanently. The list also includes films whose release or production was or are blocked by the central or a state government, or by a legal institution. Also included are films which faced a virtual ban, after theatre owners were compelled to stop screening by non-government groups.
- 1 Nationwide
- 2 Regional
- 3 See also
- 4 References
|1959||Neel Akasher Neechey||It was banned for two months for overt political overtones; it showed the troubles faced by an immigrant Chinese wage laborer in 1930s Calcutta.|
|1963||Gokul Shankar||It was banned for depicting the psychological motivations of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.|
|1973||Garam Hawa||The release was held up by the censors for 8 months. The film depicted a Muslim family during the partition of India.|
|1975||Aandhi||It was banned during Emergency by Indira Gandhi and subsequently released in 1977 after Janata Party came into power.|
|1977||Kissa Kursi Ka||A political spoof, the film was banned by the Congress government for lampooning the Emergency. The master prints and all copies was lifted from the Censor Board office and burned by Sanjay Gandhi supporters. The movie was later remade with a different cast.|
|1971||Sikkim||The film was banned after Sikkim's merger in India in 1975, as it showed the Chogyal-ruled Sikkim as a sovereign state. The ban was lifted in September 2010.|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||It was banned temporarily for its "negative" depiction of Indians because of a scene, set in India, where characters are served monkey brains. Monkeys are seen as sacred animals in Hinduism. The ban was later rescinded.|
|1987||Pati Parmeshwar||It was denied a rating by the Censor for depicting a woman in "ignoble servility" of her husband. Later, Bombay High Court allowed its release.|
|1993||Kuttrapathirikai||The film was completed in 1993. As it had Rajiv Gandhi's assassination as a backdrop, it was not released until 2007.|
|1994||Bandit Queen||It was banned temporarily by the Delhi High Court after Phoolan Devi, the subject of the film's story, challenged its authenticity.|
|1996||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love||It was banned due to sexual content. The version released in India had 2 minute cut of nudity.|
|1996||Fire||On its opening day in India, some film theatres were attacked by Hindu fundamentalists for depicting a lesbian relationship. The film was withdrawn and sent back to the Censor Board. But, later it was released uncut.|
|2001||Paanch||It was banned for glorifying drugs, sex and violence, later certified with cuts but went unreleased.|
|2003||Hawayein||The film, set against the backdrop to the 1984 Sikh genocide, is banned in the Indian states of Delhi, J&K, Haryana and Punjab.|
|2004||The Pink Mirror||The film was denied a rating for its homosexual content.|
|2004||Final Solution||The documentary film was banned by the Censor Board for being provocative and under concerns that it may trigger communal violence. It was based on the 2002 Gujarat violence. But, it was cleared after some months.|
|2004||Hava Aney Dey||The movie was not approved by the Censor Board because the director didn't accept the suggested 21 cuts.|
|2005||Black Friday (2004 film)||The movie was based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. The released was blocked until the verdict of the lawsuit by the Bombay High Court on the petition of the under-trials. The film was originally set to be released in India on 28 January 2005. The producers appealed at the Supreme Court but the High Court order was upheld. The movie finally saw its release on 9 February 2007.|
|2005||Amu||This movie was based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots initially was denied a rating. The film was later given an adult rating after some audio-cuts.|
|2005||Water||The movie faced opposition during its shooting from hardline Hindu organizations in Varanasi. The sets were destroyed. The Uttar Pradesh government decided to stop the shooting on 31 January 2000. The shooting was shifted to Sri Lanka later. The movie was released in India much later in March 2007.|
|2009||Had Anhad||The Central Board of Film Certification refused a certificate to this Shabnam Virmani documentary without cuts. In 2011, Delhi High Court allowed the film to be released uncut and asked the Union of India to pay ₹10,000 to the petitioner as legal fees.|
|2010||Gandu||The film was banned in India due to explicit sexual scenes.|
|2011||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||It was banned for its adult scenes of rape and torture. The Central Board of Film Certification demanded that these scenes be cut, which the director David Fincher refused to do.|
|2011||Chatrak||The movie wasn't allowed theatrical release due to its sexual content.|
|2013||Papilio Buddha||Initially banned due to its criticism of Mahatma Gandhi. It was allowed release after the anti-Gandhi speeches were muted and/or blurred.|
|2014||Gurjar Aandolan A Fight for Right (Movie)||This film was banned by Rajasthan Government after the Intelligence Bureau (Rajasthan Government) watched this movie in Laxmi Talkies, Jaipur, on the day of its release on 17 October 2014. This film was based on Gurjar Agitation held in Rajasthan by Gurjar cast in 2007, and 2008 by the Gurjar Leader Colonel Kirori Mal Bainsla. All the news papers and media declared this news of banned on this movie on 17 and 18 October 2014.|
|2014||No Fire Zone||The Sri Lankan Civil War documentary was not allowed for public screening by the Censor Board. Director Callum Macrae decided to release the film on the internet to circumvent the ban.|
|2014||Kaum De Heere||The film was banned by the central government after the Intelligence Bureau had warned that the film may cause communal tensions. The film glorified the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.|
|2015||50 Shades of Grey||The film was not given a rating by the Censor Board, even after voluntary cuts by the distributor.|
|2015||Main Hoon Rajinikanth||Notable south Indian actor Rajinikanth moved the Madras High Court to stop the release of this film stating that it violated his personality rights. A stay was granted, and the makers of the movie were directed not use superstar's name, image or likeness. The director Faisal Saif later said he had shown the film to the actor and his lawyers to assure them. The film's title was later changed to Main Hoon (Part-Time) Killer.|
|2015||Unfreedom||The film was denied a rating by the Censor Board. The film examined same sex relationships and religious fundamentalism in India. The director Raj Amit Kumar was told by the Board that film will cause clashes between Hindus and Muslims, and will provoke "unnatural passions". The film later allowed to stream through Netflix in India |
|2015||India's Daughter||This television documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape was prevented from being broadcast by a stay order from a court, due to perceived negative public sentiment including remarks defending the rape which drew public outcry in India when the film was shown. The movie was uploaded to YouTube and the Indian government requested it be removed.|
|2015||Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi||The movie was initially denied clearance by CBFC, but was later cleared by the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).|
|2015||The Mastermind Jinda Sukha||The film was cleared by the CBFC but banned by the Minister of Home Affairs. The films is based on the lives of the assassins of General Arun Shridhar Vaidya. The makers of the film decided to release it overseas.|
|2015||The Painted House||The CBFC denied a rating to film for containing nudity. They suggested the scenes should be blurred or deleted.|
|2016||Mohalla Assi||The CBFC denied a rating to the film. The film deals with the commercialisation of the pilgrimage city Varanasi. On December 11, 2017, Delhi High Court allowed the release of the film with one cut and adult certification, setting aside the order of CBFC.|
Provinces of British India
- 1921 - Bhakta Vidur: Banned in Karachi and Madras for political reasons. the film came right after Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Rowlatt Act. The character Vidura was moulded upon personality of Mahatma Gandhi.
- 1939 - Thyagabhoomi: Banned in Madras, 22 weeks after release for supporting Congress, independence movement.
- 2006 - The Da Vinci Code: It was banned after some Christians and Muslims who took offence protested. Later, the ban was lifted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
- 2011 - Aarakshan: It was banned on 11 August 2011 due to concerns that it may hurt weaker sections of the society. On 14 August 2011, the ban was revoked.
- 1952 - Runumi: The film was suddenly banned by then Government of Assam headed by chief minister Bishnuram Medhi due to some unknown reason.
- 2005 - Tango Charlie: The film was allegedly poorly researched and defamed the Bodo community.
- 2015 - MSG-2 The Messenger :Film was banned in Chhattisgarh for hurting sentiments of Adivasi community (Tribal community).
- 2006 - The Da Vinci Code: It was banned considering "public sentiments" after protests by Christian organisations.
- 2005 - Chand Bhuj Gaya: This film which was set with the Godhra train burning as a backdrop was not released in Gujarat.
- 2006 - Fanaa: It faced an unofficial ban due to the role of Aamir Khan, the lead actor, in the Narmada Bachao Andolan. Supreme Court of India directed that theatres wanting to screen the film should be provided police protection. But, most theatre owners decided not to screen it.
- 2007 - Parzania: Parzania faced an unofficial ban after Bajrang Dal coaxed theatre owners to stop screening the film. Bajrang Dal activist Babu Bajrangi, who was later incarcerated for murder, conspiracy and spreading hatred in Naroda Patiya massacre of Gujarat riots, had the opinion that it may disrupt communal harmony in the state.
- 2009 - Firaaq: Firaaq was allegedly not released by many theatres due to political pressure because it depicted the 2002 Gujarat riots. But, theatre owners cited a revenue sharing dispute.
- 2017 - Padmaavat: Following controversies and threats of violence made by Rajput caste organization Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
- 2017 - Padmaavat: Following controversies and threats of violence made by Rajput caste organization Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
- 2015 - MSG-2 The Messenger : Film was banned in Jharkhand for hurting sentiments of Adivasi community (Tribal community).
- 2012 - Pithavinum Puthranum : The film originally completed in 2012 is awaiting approval from the Censor Board as of January 2015. The film was reported based on a book by Sister Jesme and the Sister Abhaya murder case.
- 2015 - Chayam Poosiya Veedu : The film was not given a certificate since there was a nude scene in it.
- 2008 - Jodhaa Akbar: The film was banned after protests from the Rajput community over Jodha Bai's depiction as Akbar's wife. The Supreme Court later lifted the ban.
- 2015 - MSG-2 The Messenger: The film was banned as it was an insult to Adivasis (Tribals).
- 2008 - Deshdrohi: The film was banned in November fearing breakdown of law and order in the state. The film depicted the attacks against North Indians in the state. The ban was lifted in January 2009 by the Bombay High Court.
- 2006 - The Da Vinci Code: It was banned for portraying Jesus Christ and Christians in an 'objectionable' manner.
- 2006 - The Da Vinci Code: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh banned the film after an appeal by the Punjabi Roman Catholic leaders.
- 2011 - Aarakshan: On 11 August 2011, the film was banned for hurting the feelings of the weaker sections of the society. But, the ban was lifted on 14 August 2011 after a preview screening.
- 2013 - Sadda Haq: On 4 April, Punjabi film Sadda Haq was banned in Punjab by the state government. The ban was lifted by the Supreme Court on 28 April 2013, after a special screening in the court.
- 2013 - Oh My Pyo Ji: The Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the release of the on the request of a producer due the dispute between two producers.
- 2015 - MSG: The Messenger: The Punjab government banned Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film MSG: The Messenger in the state.
- 2015 - Nanak Shah Fakir: In April 2015, Punjab government and Chandigarh administration suspended the screening of Nanak Shah Fakir for two months.
- 2015 - MSG-2 The Messenger: On the release day, the film was banned by Mansa administration in Punjab but ban was lifted later. However, movie theatres owners refused to screen movie in Punjab citing law and order problems.
- 2016 - Santa Banta Pvt Ltd: The film was banned by the state government for portraying Sikhs in a denigrating and defamatory manner.
- 2008 - Jodhaa Akbar: The film was not released after theatre owners received letters written in blood from Karni Sena.
- 2017 - Padmaavat: Following controversies and threats of violence made by Rajput caste organization Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
- 1987 - Ore Oru Gramathiley: It banned for criticizing caste based reservations. The Supreme Court of India later allowed its release.
- 2006 - The Da Vinci Code: It was banned after concerns that it may hurt religious sentiments. Later, Madras High Court allowed its screening.
- 2011 - Dam 999: It was banned for allegedly spreading fear among people regarding the Mullaperiyar Dam.
- 2013 - Vishwaroopam: The film was banned after objections were expressed by Muslim groups regarding the portrayal of the Muslim community in a bad light. The movie was later released after seven scenes were cut.
- 2013 - Madras Cafe: The film, which is set in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, was not released in the state after several groups protested that the film portrayed the Tamil Tigers in a bad light.
- 2014 - Inam - Ceylon: The film, which is set in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, was not released in the state after several groups protested that the film portrayed the Tamil Tigers in a bad light.
- 2007 - Aaja Nachle : The movie was banned because the lyrics of the title song was allegedly humiliating the Dalits. The lyrics were later changed. The ban was lifted later after the producers apologized.
- 2008 - Jodhaa Akbar : The film was banned fearing breach of peace after protests from a Rajput group. The Supreme Court later lifted the ban.
- 2011 - Aarakshan : It had been banned due to objectionable dialogues. Later, Supreme Court lifted the ban. The film was based on the topic of reservations in jobs and education.
- 1992 - City of Joy : The shooting was banned in Calcutta for a while due to negative portrayal of the city.
- 2013 - Kangal Malsat : In February 2013, a revising committee of the CBFC refused to pass the film citing excessive use of abusive language, sexuality and frivolous approach in portraying of social movements. The film was cleared later by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal after some edits.
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