1. Aandhi (1975): Aandhi, was supposedly the life story of Indira Gandhi and was banned during the Emergency by Indira Gandhi and was subsequently released in 1977, after Janata Party came in power
2. Main Hoon Rajinikanth (2014): Rajnikanth went to Madras High Court to stop the release of Main Hoon Rajnikanth, as it violated his personal rights and freedom. The makers were asked not to use Rajnikanth’s name and images in the film. Film’s name was finally changed and it was then released after showing it to Rajni Sir.
3. Bandit Queen (1994): Bandit Queen was straight up ‘offensive’, ‘vulgar’, ‘indecent’ and almost laughed at the cinematic conservatism of the Indian censor board. The subject was such. Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, this Shekhar Kapur movie was banned due its explicit sexual content, nudity and abusive language, which the Censor Board could not (obviously) digest.
4. Kamasutra – A tale of love(1996): In a rather hypocritical move, Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love too faced the wrath of Censor Board which termed it ‘explicit’, ‘unethical’ and ‘immoral’ for the audiences of the nation which came up with the concept of Kama Sutra! This Mira Nair movie, which depicted the lives of four lovers in the 16th century in India, was a hit with the critics but a major flop with the Censor Board and ultimately got banned. We did see it coming.
5. Kissa Kursi Ka: It was a political spoof banned by the Congress government for mocking Emergency. Sanjay Gandhi’s supporters burned the master print and all other copies of the original, after it was lifted from the Censor Board office.
7. Urf Proffesor(2000): Another movie to run into trouble with the Censor Board was Pankaj Advani’s Urf Professorstarring Manoj Pahwa, Antara Mali and Sharman Joshi. The movie traces the journey of the protagonist after a hit-man’s car and a winning lottery ticket goes missing and the chaos that follows. However, what irked the Censor Board were the ‘vulgar scenes’ and ‘bold language’ used in this black comedy, which ultimately led to a ban on the movie.
8. The Pink Mirror (2003): While experimental movies became the norm, gender issues was still a touchy topic to explore.The Pink Mirror by Sridhar Rangayan is one such movie which brought the concept of trans-sexuality to the forefront. The story dealt with the quest of two transsexuals and a gay teenager to seduce a straight man. No prizes for guessing that the Censor board got offended by the ‘vulgarity’ in the movie and banned it even after the film garnered rave reviews at film festivals around the world.
9. Paanch (2003): Paanch, an Anurag Kashyap movie, faced a lot of heat from the Censor Board. Said to be based on the Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in 1997, the movie was a thriller with high octane violence, crass language and drug abuse. No wonder, the Censor Board decided to ban the film and people awaiting the release of the movie had to make-do with the pirated version of the film.