Like two sides of a coin, Bollywood has its record-breaking successes as well as controversies. Many big-budget and small Bollywood movies have tasted the bitterness of controversies and the downfall of movie reputation. So here are the top 10 controversial Bollywood movies.
Oh my God (2012)
Directed by Umesh Shukla, the movie is about the so-called Godmen who exploit people in the name of religion and are often saved by their followers. An atheist Gujarati businessman Kanji Lalji Mehta (Paresh Rawal) raises his voice against such men and finds out the true meaning of devotion to God. The movie also casts Akshay Kumar who is playing Lord Krishna. Debates began when the director and the actors were alleged for hurting religious sentiments and having dialogues disrespecting the Gods and Goddesses. FIR was registered against them in Ajmer under section 295 A.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela (2013)
For those who haven’t seen the movie yet, its basically a love story between the Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) who belong to two rival communities who have been rivals since ages. The movie came up with flying colors in theatres as the cast was well known, also the music and aura which is the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s speciality. A case was filed against Bhansali and actors to present an item number with names of Gods which hurt the beliefs of Hindus. The matter was filed in magistrate court a few days before the release date.
Bandit queen (1994)
Phoolan Devi was a low-caste woman who rose to become one of the most feared dacoits of her time. Bandit Queen was directed by Shekhar Kapoor who precisely showed her life events in the movie. The movie was pictured from Mala Sen’s novel ‘India’s Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi’. Though the film was highly appreciated, it created controversy for the brutal rape scene which delayed the movie release for about a year. The movie was submitted on 17 August 1994 and after the delay of a year, it was released and certified A on 19 July 1995.
Amir Khan starring PK also shows the exploitation of people in the name of God. Amir Khan plays an alien who loses his device to get back home and explores Earth in search of his device and comes to know across the idea of God and other religions. The movie also stars Anushka Sharma Kohli who plays a reporter who helps PK to get back to his planet. The case was registered against Amir Khan and director Raj Kumar Hirani at the Allahabad judicial magistrate court for disrespecting the feelings of Hindus and making fun of Hinduism.
The movie sets back in 1938 which shows the life of widows and the practice of Sati. Apart from Sati, the film also shows the practice of child marriage, prostitution, etc. The movie also stars John Abraham as Narayan who marries one of the widows in the ashram. Director Deepa Mehta highlights many dark aspects of the life of widows before independence. The movie faced opposition because of concepts like prostitution practiced by the widows to overcome their families’ financial crisis. The controversy pushed Deepa Mehta and her team to leave India and shoot the rest of the movie in Sri Lanka.
Black Friday (2007)
This movie was a hard-hitting crime drama, based on Hussain Zaidi’s novel. The movie filmed Mumbai’s 1992-93 riots and bombings and many other horrifying events in its history. Star cast consists of Kay Kay Menon, Gajraj Rao, Pavan Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and many talented lists of actors. Censor Board found it so controversial that the movie was blocked for 3 years. Anurag Kashyap was ready with the film in 2004, but due to the content, he fought, and finally, the movie was released after 3 longs years.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
The movie is about King Akbar (Hritik Roshan) and (Aishwariya Rai Bachan) his wife Jodhaa. The cast also includes Sonu Sood, Ila Arun, Poonam Sinha, etc. At the time of its release, the Rajputs in Rajasthan had blocked the screening of the big-budget film and filed a case against Ashutosh Gowarikar for misguiding the history of Jodhaabai about her parents and her marriage to King Akbar. The movie depicted Jodhaa as Akbar’s wife but according to the Rajputs, Jodhaa was the daughter of Udai Singh of Marwar and she was married to Salim, son of Akbar.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas starer Bajirao Mastani made an amazing impact on the big screen. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie score and costumes of the cast was really good. But controversies were raised by various descendants of Peshwa Bajirao, Mastaani, and Kashibai on several topics like Kashibai and Mastaani met only once informal but the movie showed their dance number. Also, the descendants complained about the attire of Kashibai saying royal ladies don’t wear such kind of clothes. Still, the movie earned well and the audience loved it.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil directed by Karan Johar had an amazing star cast including Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma Kohli, Aishwariya Rai Bachhan, and Fawad Khan. It also had a cameo role of Shah Rukh Khan in it. But during the time of release, URI surgical stricks occurred which rose the fire against Pakistan, and therefore Indian citizens decided to ban the Pakistani artists. Therefore people urged to boycott of the movie since the cast included Fawad Khan in it. But in spite of the backlash, the movie did well on screen.
Last but not the least again a Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed blockbuster which was forced to change the name from “Padmavati” to “Padmavaat” that hit the box office with hat-trick cast of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and also Shahid Kapoor. The movie had an amazing score and grandeur but several Rajput castes organizations and some members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena believed that Bhansali was manipulating the facts and was hurting sentiments of the Rajputs. There were death threats to the actors of the film and Bhansali. The group of people vandalized the set of the film in Jaipur in April. They also demanded a pre-release of the film for them.