15 Indian Movies That Got Banned By The Censor Board: We've heard enough about how the kissing scene in the James Bond film was cut to about half its original length by the Censor Board 'cause it was just too much kissing. But what if I told you 'Spectre' was one of the lucky ones?
There have been several other films in cinematic history that actually never made it to Indian screens. Behold, all the cinematic adventure the desi audiences missed out on over the years.
#15 Lipstick Under My Burkha
Produced by Prakash Jha, the movie got into many controversies as the movie was based on women fantasies. The censor board didn’t give certification but the movie received the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017, the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai film festival and the ‘The spirit of Asia’ award by the Japan foundation Asia Center.
This movie was set to release in 2013 but unfortunately it didn’t. But it was screened at the 2012 International Critics’ Week in southern France and was also selected for the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors’ Lab along with 12 other film-makers from across the world.
#13 The Pink Mirror
This was India’s first film on transsexuals which never got a theatrical release in India but won the Jury Award for Best Feature, Fire Island, New York, USA and the Best Film of the Festival, Question de Genre Lille, France.
This flick dealt with homosexuality and Islamic terrorism. It got banned in India by censor board but was nominated at 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards for the category of Foreign Feature Film.
#11 Inshallah Football
The documentary based on a Kashmiri boy was initially banned in India but later on released in India. It got National Award and got premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival and received a Special Mention award at the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival.
#10 Black Friday
Anurag Kashyap’s movie on true events got banned in India but bagged the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and also got nominated for the Best Film award at the Locarno International Film Festival.
'This Bengali movie of a young adult was full of nude scenes and cunnilingus which was not approved by the censor board. On 29 October 2010, it was premiered at South Asian International Film Festival in New York City. It was also the official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival (2011). It was also screened at the Slamdance Film Festival.
#8 Jai Bhim Comrade
The movie which dealt with atrocities on Dalits was on killings of Ramabhai in 1997. The movie was not released till 14 years till the trail of Ramabhai killings ended. It won the National Award and the Best Film/Video award at Mumbai International Film Festival in 2012. It also won award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Jean Rouch Film International Film Festival in 2012.
#7 Hava Aney De
This movie had India-Pakistan war so it got many cuts from the censor board. It didn’t get release in India but got several selections and received the Best Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival, BBC Audience Award in Commonwealth Film Festival and Special Jury Mention in Hong Kong International Film Festival.
This Anurag Kashyap’s movie had drug abuse and extreme violence because of which it was not released but was screened at the Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in 2005.
The film was banned because of the sensual scenes between lesbian lovers. But it received appreciation worldwide.
#4 Sonchidi (The Golden Bird)
This sci-fi movie didn’t have theatrical release but it got screened on the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
#3 Chatrak (The Mushrooms)
Owing to a fellatio scene, this Bengali movie starring Pauli Dam was banned in India but in 2011 it was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and the Pacific Meridian film festival in Vladivostok, Russia.
#2 Om Dar-B-Dar
This cult movie of Kamal Swaroop got theatrical release after 26 years of its making. It got premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.
#1 Urf Professor
Directed by Pankaj Advani, this flick got banned due to overtly use of abusive languages and vulgar scenes but in 2001 it received the Best Film at the International Digital Film Festival in India and the Best Editing Award at Kara Film Festival, Karachi, Pakistan 2003.