9 Bollywood Movies That Got Instantly Banned In India As They Touched The ‘Tabooed’ Subjects

Updated on 20 May, 2018 at 11:28 pm

“A bikini-clad babe emerging out of the water while two greedy handsome hunks make a sexist comment.” Sounds familiar? It’s because this is a scene that we have seen over and over in many so-called Bollywood movies. Note that despite being misogynistic, sexist, stereotypical, and downright moronic these movies are not banned. However, try to show any movie based on the social taboos and the film gets slapped with a ban. Here are such Hindi movies that were globally acclaimed but never released in India.

1. Fire




Globally acclaimed for its content, this movie faced hurdles in the home front. Dealing with homosexuality, this movie was banned in India after the casts started getting death threats from activist groups.

2. Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love



Quite hypocritically, this movie got banned in the land that wrote the ancient tale of Kama Sutra. The film faced the uncontrolled wrath of Censor Board. It was banned due to being ‘immoral,’ ‘explicit,’ and ‘unethical.’

3. Paanch



Based on Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in 1997, this Anurag Kashyap movie took a lot of heat from Censor Board. It was banned citing the reasons of having strong language and violence.

4. Sins



Filled with lust and obsession, a priest tries to struggle through his daily life. Though depicting a harsh reality of society, it didn’t go down well with the Catholics. Ultimately it was banned after being tagged as ‘Immoral.’

5. Unfreedom



This modern-day thriller brings the two most ‘ban-worthy’ subjects together. It showcases a lesbian love story with an Islamic terrorism-related angle. No wonder it never saw the light of the day.

6. The Pink Mirror



Despite the emergence of experimental movies, gender issues are still a touchy topic in our country. A movie based on trans-sexuality instantly got banned despite receiving acclamation in the global platform.

7. Urf Professor



This is a dark comedy that was stopped by Censor Board on the pretext of having ‘Vulgar scenes’ and ‘explicit language.’ Hence, this fast-paced entertaining movie was never released.

8. Water



Another gem from Deepa Mehta, this film depicts the crude and dark side of widows send to Varanasi. It was banned for hurting ‘religious sentiments.’

9. Final Solution



This is a documentary based on communal riots in Gujarat. Do we really need to explain why it was banned? It focused on different ways to show how the riots could have been avoided.


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