Actor-director Kamal Hassan today said that the controversy related to his film Vishwaroopam is now resolved with him agreeing to cut out certain portions of the film. Hundreds of Kamal Hassan fans, who had gathered in front of movie halls here waiting for the screening of his movie, had to return disappointed after shows were stopped. Protestors reportedly hurled petrol bombs at two theatres that were slated to screen the movie.
Hassan’s Vishwaroopam is only the latest in a string of films caught in legal and other wrangles for purportedly hurting the sentiments of various sections of society. Here’s a look at some movies that created controversies and have faced bans.
Aandhi (1975): The film was not allowed a full release because of the screenplay’s similarity to Indira Gandhi’s life and political trajectory. It was eventually released after the Congress lost elections in 1977.
Bandit Queen (1994): Based on the true story of Phoolan Devi, the film was criticised and banned for its brutal rape scenes.
Bombay (1995): The film caused controversy for its depiction of communal riots.
Fire (1998): The Shiv Sena party in Maharashtra disrupted the film’s shows for portraying a lesbian relationship. The film faced protests in several other states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh too.
Jo Bole So Nihaal (2005): SGPC members protested against the film, accusing it of showing the Sikh community in bad light.
Water (2005): The film’s shooting was abandoned midway in Varanasi after protesters demolished the set for depiction of Hindu widows. The film was later completed in Sri Lanka.
Fanaa (2006): The film was banned in Gujarat following Aamir Khan’s protests against raising the height of Narmada Dam.
Aaja Nachle (2007): The then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati called for a ban of the film citing caste-demeaning remarks in the title track.
Black Friday (2007): Based on the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts, the film was ready in 2004 but released in 2007 only after the court charged the accused under TADA.
Parzania (2007): The film was banned in Gujarat after communal forces opposed the movie’s content on Gujarat riots.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008): Rajput Karni Sena boycotted the film alleging it distorted historical facts. The VHP also demanded removal of certain dialogues.
Firaaq (2008): Directed by Nandita Das, Firaaq was a hard-hitting portrayal of families caught in the vicious aftermath of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. It was banned in the state and went on to win two National Film Awards.
Billu (2009): Salon & Parlour association protested against the movie’s title which used the word ‘Barber’. The film was released after the title of the film was changed to Billu from Billu Barber.
My name is Khan (2010): The Shah Rukh Khan starred film got into trouble with Shiv Sena demanding a ban on all SRK films following his comments on allowing Pakistani players to play in the IPL.
Singham (2011): The film’s screening was stalled in certain parts of Karnataka as the film allegedly contained some dialogues which allegedly hurt locals.
Aarakshan (2011): Some groups feared the movie glorified anti-Dalit comments. They had demanded a special screening for Aarakshan. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab banned its release but subsequently lifted the ban.
Gangs Of Waseeypur (2012) : People of Wasseypur village protested against the film. They were irked by the way their hometown was showcased.