Films that got banned in India

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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.

1) GARM HAWA (May 1973)


Garam Hawa was a 1973 Urdu drama film directed by M. S. Sathyu, withBalraj Sahni as the lead.The film depicted a Muslim family during the partition of India. The film was held by Central Board of India, for eight months, fearing communal riots in the country.

2) AANDHI ( February 13, 1975 )


Aandhi is a 1975 Indian political drama film starring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen, and directed by Gulzar.This film was said to be based on Indira Gandhi.It was banned during Emergency by Indira Gandhi and subsequently released in 1977 after Janata Party came into power.

3) KISSA KURSI KA ( February 16, 1978)

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Kissa Kursi Ka is a 1977 Hindi film directed by Amrit Nahata . A political spoof, the film was banned by the Congress government.The master prints and all copies was lifted from the Censor Board office and burned by congress supporters.

4) BANDIT QUEEN ( 9 september 1994)

Bandit Queen

Based on the life of Phoolan Devi,this Shekhar Kapur movie was banned due to its explicit sexual content, nudity and abusive language.It also created controversy when Phoolan Devi challenged the authencity of the film and blamed Shekhar Kapur for tampering with the movie.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year.

5) KAMASUTRA-A TALE OF LOVE (28 February 1997 )


Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love is a 1996 Indian English language historical fiction, romance film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Mira Nair. The title of the movie was taken from ancient Indian text, the Kama Sutra .The movie got banned in India due to its sexual content.

6) FIRE ( November 5, 1998 )


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Fire is a 1996 Indian-Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta and starringShabana Azmi and Nandita Das .It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexual relations. The film showcased a lesbian relationship between two sisters-in-law in a Hindu family in India which did not go down too well with a lot of Hindi fundamentalists.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.

7) PAANCH ( unreleased)


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Paanch is an unreleased Indian crime thriller film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap and starringKay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Vijay Maurya, Joy Fernandes and Tejaswini Kolhapure.The film was banned for glorifying drugs, sex and violence.The film was “loosely” based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune.



‘Urf Professor’ was Directed by Pankaj Advani and starred Manoj Pahwa, Antara Mali and Sharman Joshi.

This black comedy could not get certification from the Censor Board in India for its explicit content.

9) THE PINK MIRROR (Initial release: September 14, 2003 )


The Pink Mirror was an Indian film produced and directed by Sridhar Rangayan.The film was said to be the first Indian film to comprehensively focus on Indian transsexuals with the entire story revolving around two transsexuals and a gay teenager’s attempts to seduce a man.The film was banned as the Censor Board find the film vulgar and offensive.The film still remains banned in India, but has screened at numerous festivals all over the world and won awards.

10) AMU (January 7, 2005 )


Amu is a critically acclaimed 2005 film directed by Shonali Bose, based on her own novel by the same name. The film was based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.The film faced problems with the censor board in India but was later given an adult rating after some audio-cuts.

11) SINS (February 25, 2005 )


Sins is a 2005 Bollywood film directed and produced by Vinod Pande.The film showed a Catholic priest who romantically gets involved with a young woman and sexually gets involved with her. A lot of people protested since they felt it portrayed Catholicism in a very negative, indecent and immoral light.

12) BLACK FRIDAY ( February 9, 2007)


Black Friday is a 2007 Indian crime film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap .The movie was based on the 1993 Bombay bombings.The Indian Censor Board did not allow it to be released in India for three years.The film was finally released on 9 February 2007 following the verdict in the ’93 Bombay blast case delivered by TADA court.

13) PARZANIA (January 26, 2007 )


Parzania is a 2007 Indian drama film directed by Rahul Dholakia . The film featured Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in the lead roles. T he film was based on Gujarat riot’s .The film revolved around a boy called Azhar who went missing during the Gujarat riots in the year 2002. The film was completely banned in state of Gujarat.

14) WATER ( March 9, 2007 )


Water is a 2005 Indo-Canadian film written and directed by Deepa Mehta, with screenplay by Anurag Kashyap. It was set in 1938 and explored the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India.The film was also the third and final instalment of Mehta’s Elements trilogy. It was preceded by Fire (1996) and Earth (1998).The movie faced opposition during its shooting from 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.It got banned by Censor Board because it covered controversial subjects such as misogyny and ostracism.The movie was released in India much later in March 2007.

15) FIRAAQ (March 20, 2009 )


Firaaq is a 2008 Hindi political thriller based on riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002.The film was the directorial debut of actress Nandita Das.The film showed the emotional journey of several ordinary people, some who were victims, some silent observers, and some perpetrators. It was released in India on 20 March 2009 and received many positive reviews.

16) GANDU (Initial release: October 29, 2010 )

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Gandu is a 2010 black-and-white Indian film, in the Bengali language, directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee.The film was a rap musical. The film caused controversy because of language and scenes of nudity and sex.The film was banned in India due to explicit sexual scenes.Gandu was shot in Kolkata on a limited budget with only eight crew members. It was filmed in black and white with one scene in color and had no official script. Qaushiq Mukherjee used a high-definition Canon EOS 7D Single-lens reflex camera to shoot the film.

17) UNFREEDOM ( Initial release:May 29, 2015 (USA)

unfreedomA still from Unfreedom

Unfreedom is a 2014 Indian drama film by Raj Amit Kumar which was released in North America on 29 May 2015.Film showed lesbian relationship and also showed Islamic terrorism.The film was denied a rating by the Censor Board.



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