From the very beginning, Indian Censor Board judges the movies in its own judgmental way, which is quite irrelevant to the movie-makers as well as the public. The directors with controversial topic and the will to show society’s black side always suffers.
Here are some movies that are worth watching but not available to the general public, as they are BANNED in India due to quite senseless reasons.
- Bandit Queen (1994) : Directed by Shekhar Kapoor, it is an biographical movie on the life of Phoolan Devi. The main character was played by Seema Bishwas. Despite winning the national award for best feature film in hindi, it is banned in India. Abusive language, boldness, vulgarity and such an indecent face of women(as per our censor board) being the reason for its ban.
2. Fire (1996) : Beautifully directed by Deepa Mehta, it is a movie on a shhhhh-shhhhh topic in India i.e, lesbianism. The movie revolves around lesbian relationship of two sisters-in-law belonging to a Hindu family. Enough to ban a movie in India, isn’t so…
3. Water (2005) : Directed by Deepa Mehta, it shows the life of widows at an ashram in Varanasi,India. It showed the harsh reality of widows’ life in India in late 1930’s. It was released in India and later banned because of protests by some religious communities of India.
4. Parzania (2005) : A movie directed by Rahul Dholakia. it was inspired by a true story of a missing 10 year old boy and his family, it shows the time during the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. It was banned in the state of Gujarat on purpose due to political issues.5. Firaaq (2008) : Directed by Nandita Das, it was a movie based on true incidents happen during the Gujarat riots. it was firstly got banned in india due to hurting religious feelings of people. but later it finally got released and had a great review from critics as well liked by public.
6. I Spit on Your Grave (2010) : This Hollywood movie is about a girl who was tortured,gang- raped and left in a miserable condition to die. Later she came back far tough and strong to seek revenge with each and every man who raped her. In-spite of seeing that girl’s courage, power, revenge; all that our great censor board saw was nudity, abuse and sexual violence… guess what, BANNED..!!!
7. Unfreedom (2015) : A film by Amit Raj Kumar, on quite controversial topics. There are two stories going on parallel, one of a Muslim terrorist other of a young girl. It pointed out the main problem of our society, i.e, denial of accepting a person as he/she is. With Nudity, Voilence, Sexuality, Lesbianism, and the most important thing, the problem with accepting all these in our society, this movie can’t be released in India.8. Mohalla Assi (2015) :Directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, slightly based on popular hindi novel “Kashi ka Assi”. It plays a satire on the commercialization of the holy city “Varanasi” along with fake gurus, tourists, etc. it was released in June 2015 and got banned in April 2016 due to controversies raised later(showing the truth).9. India’s Daughter (2015) : A documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin on the infamous NIRBHAYA rape case. It shows the real story of a girl gang-raped and killed on a bus. It also has clips of recorded interview of one of the culprit of the case and his lawyer, which makes all the Indians heads hung in shame, as they were not guilty at all. Due to aggressive reaction of Indian public and court decision still pending on the case, it was not released in India (Apparently solution to any problem in India is ….”BAN”….).10. Angry India Goddesses(2015) : We can say, India’s first female buddy movie(as any independent girl of present generation could totally relate to it). It is a movie on friendship of 6 women from different professional background having modern thinking, directed by Pan Nalin with Sandhya Mridul. Starting problem with this movie was one specific scene where women represents an Hindu goddess which later asked to be cut and was refused. Along with this, movie makers forgot that same sex marriage as well as bold, frank and independent women are not so appreciated in India.