1.Bandit Queen (1994)
Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, this Shekhar Kapur movie was banned due to its explicit sexual content, nudity and abusive language, which the Censor Board could not digest.
Set in a certain Ashram of Varanasi, the script of the movie was written by none other than Anurag Kashyap and took up controversial issues like ostracism and misogyny which were alien to the Indian Censor Board back then. No wonder, the movie was widely attacked by protesters and around 2000 fanatics even destroyed the sets of the film.
3.Kama Sutra – A Tale Of Love (1996)
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love is a 1996 Indian English-language historical fiction, romance film was co-written, co-produced, and directed by Mira Nair. The film takes its title from the ancient Indian text, the Kama Sutra, and serves as a common link between the characters. the film stars Rekha, Indira Varma, and Naveen Andrews in pivotal roles. The plot takes its origin from a short story by Urdu author Wajida Tabassum titled “Ultra”
4.Black Friday (2004)
Loosely adapted from the famous book Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts by S Hussain Zaidi, Anurag Kashyap’s movie was considered too dark to be released in India. The movie faced a stay order from The Bombay High Court because of the 1993 Bombay blasts case and remained slated-to-release until the trial got over.
The film is loosely based on Ismat Chughtai‘s 1942 story, Lihaaf (The Quilt). It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.
A Catholic priest becomes involved in an amorous relationship with a local nurse.
In a small coastal village of Kerala in Southern India, an ambitious priest, who has a promising future in the ecclesiastical order, finds himself in a state of acute dilemma because of his accidental affair with a young woman. Despite his earnest effort on penance he slides deeper into abyss of the amoral communion.
Directed by Raj Amit Kumar, and starring Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain, and Preeti Gupta, Unfreedom is based on two parallel plots. While in New York a Muslim fundamentalist kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill him, a homosexual girl in Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover. The film was initially advised cuts by the Censor Board which the director refused, appealed to the Tribunal. Sadly, the authorities then put a complete ban on the film.
Another film to deal with the Gujarat riots, Firaaq was reportedly based on true incidents which happened in the riot-torn Gujarat. Nandita Das was widely criticized for hurting the sentiments of Hindus and Muslims and ultimately the movie got banned. But what came as a major achievement was the fact that the movie finally saw a release date and upon its release, garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The film was based on a superb plot which revolved around a boy called Azhar who goes missing during the Gujarat riots in the year 2002. Even though the film won a National Award, its cinematic excellence was not considered enough for political parties to let it screen in Gujarat, where it was fiercely banned.
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.