Our films are increasingly becoming content-driven these days. However many filmmakers are still landing in a soup for their movies offending someone or the other. In the past, we had seen Ekta Kapoor facing a backlash for her film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Ashutosh Gowariker receiving objections from historians who claimed that he was distorting facts in Mohenjo Daro. Yes, there are many trying to put a leash on cinematic liberty, and we have also seen the CBFC juxtaposed with various other fractions of society opposing a film. But isn’t cinema all about freedom of expression? Aren’t films all about good storytelling? Well, while the blame game only gets stronger, we get you 5 such Bollywood films that have faced objections before their release.
Starring Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma and Badshah in important roles, this T-series film has only been getting in trouble for several reasons. Well, we must say the story is different and the content is quite bold, where we see Sonakshi’s character running a sex clinic and trying to break the taboo around sex. While earlier this film was accused of being plagiarised by a writer, now a Delhi-based sexologist has accused the film of defaming him and his profession. Following these allegations, the Delhi High Court has ordered the producers to show the film to the sexologist prior to its release.
Judgementall Hai Kya
Ekta Kapoor’s film starring Rajkummar Rao was earlier called Mental Hai Kya and it looked quite interesting at first. But after a poster was released, where the leads were seen balancing a blade on their tongues, objections were raised by the Mental Health Society, about how the film’s title sent across a wrong message and that it was derogatory and offensive to people suffering a mental illness. Following this, a special screening was held and a few minor changes were also made, and this thriller was renamed as Judgementall Hai Kya.
Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer and Anubhav Sinha directed Article 15 had quite a hard-hitting story. While the film is set on the premise of Article 15 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with discrimination on the grounds of caste, creed, religion, sex, etc. it saw objections coming from several Brahmin outfits. In fact, a religious group called Karni Sena also demanded a ban on the film’s release and conducted protests at several places too. But all of this did not affect the film’s successful run.
Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani’s film directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga was the Hindi remake of South film Arjun Reddy. And the film went on to be super successful at the box office in India. However, apart from making big moolah, Kabir Singh also stirred some controversy, before as well as after the film’s release. Yes, some doctors had raised an objection to their portrayal in the film, while after the release many called the film violent and misogynistic, and stated that it promoted domestic violence. But this did not affect the film doing great business.
Most of us would recall the havoc created around this film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor faced not only objection but even a great deal of violence, from the shooting being stopped to Deepika being threatened of physical harm, and even a bounty being kept on SLB’s head, the Karni Sena had done a lot of damage to this film. Following this, a few changes were made and even the title was changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat.
Well, we guess telling your tale in today’s day and age is not very easy. If you know of any such objections, tell us in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates.