The Hindi film industry has entertained us with innumerable films of various genres but Bollywood also produces some films that initiate some kind of social debate and major controversies. The censor board film certification (CBFC) has a power to restrict the movies which they think might hurt the sentiments of people. Many innovative and creative movies are prohibited due to this sensitivity concerning public welfare. India already has huge population with diversity in terms of various religions, languages and cultures since the immemorial times which makes it more sensitive to various thought provoking topics.
Nowadays controversies happen on daily basis and despite that mostly the orthodox, spiritual and superstitious mentality of people in India prevents many artistic, inspirational or biographical movie makers to take a bold step and showcase their perspective within democratic creative space. This fact leaves them with a problem of possible abandonment of the film even before its release.
There are many movies which are actually banned by Central board of film certification (CBFC) like Padmavati, Bandit queen, Liptick under my Burkha, Game of Ayodhya and Udta Panjab. They often take this action without watching the film and understanding the scandal’s connection to the plot. Well this spells disaster for the film makers leading to audience failing to watch the film in the first place, which results in disappointment to the film as a business.
The Rajput Karni sena had attacked the director of the movie which is called Padamavati due to some questionable scenes which triggered their community’s sensitivity according to them and also quoted on the whole scandal and explained their actions saying ,”Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if the situation leads further to be , we will do the same thing to Deepika Padukone which Lakhman did to Shurpanka.”
The movie Udta Punjab being one of the most controversial films of the year 2016, because the film is all about the drug-related problem prevailing the state of Punjab. The CBFC demanded 94 cuts and also gave 13 suggestions to the film’s producer, ‘A’ certification to be removed from the film. CBFC also suggested removing the name ‘Punjab’ from all scenes of the film.
This film , Bandit Queen was based on the life of Phoolan Devi. The movie helmed by Shekhar Kapur was banned due its explicit sexual content, nudity and abusive language. The film was made in 1994 but released in 1996. The film was awarded National award for best actress, not only this the movie is featured film and best constume design. Bandit queen is banned due to its explicit content and nudity.
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Lipctick under My Burkha was a movie which based on women-centric. The movie was released in the year 2017, the movie was off to a bumpy ride when the chairperson of CBFC Pahlaj Nihalani made a film stay by saying that “this is a woman-centric film, dived in the world of fantasy, which may hurt the sentiments of few women.”
The film stars, Konakana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur the film was released on July 2017. ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ premiered at the Tokyo and Mumbai Film Festivals, where it won the ‘Spirit of Asia Prize’ and the ‘Oxfam Award’ for Best Film on Gender Equality
Game of Ayodhya
The movie Game of Ayodhya also became a victim to the conditions of censor board with Amit Goswami, an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leader from Aligarh, announcing a bounty price of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who chops off Sunil Singh’s hands who was the director of the film.
In conclusion people shouldn’t take decisions on behalf of appointed authority of censor board and political parties shouldn’t create scams based on their own entitled opinions of religious sentiments or should they ? what are your views on this do let us know in the commemt section below.