I’m sure I won’t be breaking any hearts by saying that our Indian society is full of hypocrisy. Remember those good manners charts which you were told to study in your school since they told about the good values which you should incorporate. Only after growing up did you realize that they were nowhere to be seen. We say something else and do something else! And our Indian government seems to be the epitome of it when it comes to hypocrisy. Banning a string of movies one after another due to provocative and bold content, they have barred movies which held strong content. Here is a list of five such Bollywood movies which got disqualified from the Censor Board due to the fear of hurting sentiments of people:
h5>Although Parzania got screened in other parts of India, it did not release in Gujrat. The term “Parzania” means heaven and hell on earth. It was released in the year 2007 and was co-written and directed by Rahul Dholakia. It is among the few Bollywood films based on true stories which did exceptionally well due to its strong content and flawless performances. A parsi family here struggles to find their son amidst the Gujrat riots where over 2000 Muslims lost their lives in Gujrat. The film even won a National award but did not see light in Gujrat where it was strictly banned. Although it is an intense movie, it makes for a must watch! But if you are more into light-hearted movies, go for Bangistan releasing this month.
The Pink Mirror
There are a multitude of movies releasing these days based on burning topics but fail to provide substance in their plot. “The Pink Mirror” was however an exception but the movie got banned. Based on the sensitive topic of gender issues, the movie is based on the concept of trans sexuality. As described by IMBB, the movie is a fun look into the lives of homogender. The movie is based on an award winning drama but was still seen as vulgar by the censor board.
Bandit Queen is based on the life of Phoolan Devi who was a famous dacoit and politician. It is a 1994 Indian biographical film and was directed by Shekhar Kapur. Starring Seema Biswas in the main character, the movie went on to receive National film award for the best feature film in Hindi and even Filmfare Critics award for the best movie. But the unambiguous sexual content, abusive language and nudity in the movie could not be digested by the censor board which apparently led to its ban.
Water is a 2005 Canadian film which has been written and directed by Deepa Mehta. Set in the backdrop of 1983, the movie discovers the lives of Indian widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. The script was written by Anurag Kashyap and the movie received numerous awards for its touching story which showed the hardships and discrimination faced by the Indian widows. But again it was something which could not be digested by the Censor board which got it banned. If you are fascinated by Bollywood movies which show reality, you must even watch “Calendar Girls” which will release in the next two weeks.
Inshallah, Football is a documentary movie by Ashwin Kumar. The film is about an aspiring footballer based in Kashmir who wants to travel to Brazil to make his dream come true about becoming a popular footballer. But his dreams are shattered when his father is charged with militancy. The highly debated political content in the movie got it banned from the Indian cinema.
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