Bollywood and controversies go hand in hand. Sometimes it’s the obscenity, and sometimes it’s the religious sentiments. People take offense to the most unexpected things ever and end up creating more publicity for the film in question, than causing harm. Thus, controversial films become well-known for a cause rather than the actual reason why the film was made in the first place: for art.
Read on to find out the 5 most controversial Bollywood films of all time, which kicked the hornet’s nest!
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When talking about the most controversial Bollywood films, the name Padmaavat pops into everyone’s minds. After all the controversy surrounding its release, it has become a household name for every Indian. Even those who did not plan on watching it might now be tempted to, in order to figure out what caused the controversy to erupt. The ‘Karni Sena’ had taken offense as soon as they found out the film was being made. The Sena was angry about the rumored romantic scenes between a Hindu queen and a Muslim invader. They were angry about the length of the actress’ choli. They rioted, burnt buses, threatened to kill, vandalized the film’s sets, and slapped the director. And are still fuming that the film has been released. And does the movie actually have any of these claimed sequences? Only those who have watched can tell.
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Another Bollywood film that managed to ruffle feathers in the land of delicate sentiments. The film became a point of raging controversy when another dedicated group of individuals called ‘Vishwa Hindu Parishad’ claimed that the movie made fun of Hinduism. When the ‘Bajrang Dal’ joined them, all hell broke loose. Posters were torn, screenings were halted, threats were hurled, and effigies burnt. A film that actually meant to destroy stereotypes and discourage superstitions was marred by controversy. In spite of being one of the most controversial Bollywood films, it went on to become a blockbuster hit.
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This one was undoubtedly going to be the most controversial Bollywood films of all time, given its subject matter. It was mired in controversy because various caste groups sought deletion of scenes deemed unfit for public viewing. Amid rising communal tensions, the actors were given personal security. Even so, the movie was banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh before the release.
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A Bollywood movie about a complicated relationship between a 60-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl grabbed negative attention as soon as the trailers surfaced. Political parties wanted the film to be banned because it was against Indian values. The subject matter was extremely sensitive, and the portrayal of the characters was called ‘perverted’. Mass protests broke out in the lead actor’s hometown, and the film opposed to promoting Western values.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela
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Ending the list of the 5 most controversial Bollywood films is Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela. This film apparently had objectionable content and hurt the sentiments of many across the country. FIRs were filed against the director and lead actors. The name of the film irked certain people who argued that it was demeaning Hindu Gods. Thankfully, the Delhi high court ruled in favor of the film and decided that no organization or an individual can claim to be the sole interpreter of Hindu religion and be the sole proprietor of names of Hindu Gods.
So this was our list of 5 most controversial Bollywood films that kicked the hornet’s nest! How many of these have you watched?