Bollywood has always kept us entertained with some great movies. We all know that in India, a movie that has a high dosage of adult content or any sort of obscenity is instantly disregarded by the Censor Board.
But do you know that there are several movies that were a massive hit in India but were banned internationally? These movies were restricted in different places due to their controversial topics. Religion, politics, sexual content, violence: these are the most common themes among films that were banned from release.
Check out these movies that were a big success in India but never released in other countries:
The movie was inspired by a true story about periods and sanitary napkins and was praised for raising questions on taboo around menstruation. But it has been banned by Pakistan’s Federal Censor Board citing that they cannot import films that are against their culture and traditions.
2- Oh My God
The movie raised some pertinent questions and Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal came up with stellar performance for the movie. It courted controversies upon its release and was banned in many middle-eastern countries for hurting religious sentiments. UAE famously banned the film.
3- The Dirty Picture
The movie that was based on South sex-siren Silk Smitha’s life won accolades for the talented Vidya Balan. The movie was outrightly termed bold and vulgar and got banned in Kuwait. The movie was also banned in many other countries.
4- Delhi Belly
Delhi Belly’s bold content was a major issue. The language and the swear words in the film caused quite a stir in India too. Excessive swearing and a number of other issues led to the film being banned in Nepal. The country had also banned Akshay Kumar’s Chandni Chowk To China earlier for hurting the sentiments of Nepalese community.
The Mani Ratnam directorial is considered a classic gem in India. It was a highly controversial film on its release and many violent incidents took place at the time of the release of the film. The film was banned in Singapore for igniting religious tensions.
The movie revolved around a family that got separated during the Bombay Blasts of 1993 only to find out that the only male member of the family had become a terrorist during his time away from home. The Malaysian Government officially banned the movie as they had been offended by the portrayal of a Muslim protagonist as a terrorist.
Akshay Kumar starrer Baby is about RAW and how they go on a covert mission in Dubai to catch the infamous Pakistani terrorist. The Pakistani censor board banned this film because it believed that the movie portrayed Pakistan in a negative light and all Muslims as terrorists .
Raanjhanaa is the most surprising entry into this list. The movie narrates the journey of the one-sided love of a Hindu boy in pursuit of a Muslim girl. The movie worked well in India, but Pakistan had issues with Sonam’s character (a Muslim) who falls in love with two Hindu guys, and hence the film was banned all across Pakistan.
9- Agent Vinod
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Agent Vinod got banned by Pakistani censor board owing to its plot which established Pakistan’s ISI as the anti-India element.
10- Tere Bin Laden
Tere Bin Laden was banned in Pakistan because it dealt with the controversial issue of slain Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden who was killed by US’ covert mission.
The film was an attempted satire on the life of two suicide bombers and was found to be offensive to Pakistan.
12- Udta Punjab
The film was in a lot of controversy in India anyway. In Pakistan, it was reportedly banned on the basis of the use of excessive abusive language. In the opening scene itself, Punjabi youngsters were seen obtaining cocaine from the neighbors that were apparently Pakistanis.
Neerja is a portrayal of the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of the passengers of a flight taken hostage by Pakistani terrorists. The movie was banned in Pakistan allegedly for showing the country in poor light.
The Varun Dhawan and John Abraham starrer deal with “India’s top batsman going missing” during a match in the Middle East. The film rubbed the Pakistani Censor Board in the wrong way for apparently showing the country in a poor.
According to reports, the film was banned because JuD chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed had found that he had been portrayed in a bad light.
And you thought our censor board is conservative!