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Most controversial Bollywood movies of all time

Jan 29 2013 5:00PM

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While Bollywood movies are known for their entertainment and song and dance routines, there have been certain films that rubbed people the wrong way, resulting in the films becoming notorious. We present Bollywood films which have been in the news for all the wrong reasons:

Hate Story: From its daring poster to the scintillating scenes, this is undoubtedly one of the most controversial Bollywood films ever to be made. The film's lead actress Paoli Dam has shed her clothes like never before and the film is laced with erotic scenes and explicit language. The film received a mixed reaction from the audience but it won't be surprising if 20 years down the line it will have a cult following.

Black Friday: This 2004 film written and directed by Anurag Kashyap is based on Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by S. Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. So strong was the opposition to this film that this gem had to suffer for two harsh years before being allowed a theatrical release in India. On the eve of its release, just when it was thought that all the barriers had been broken, a petition seeking a stay was filed by the very people named in the film. Since the verdict was still pending for the 1993 case, they argued that the film would bias public opinion against them and affect the court's decision; however, the sensible court ruled in favour of the movie's release. Ironically, Kashyap's directorial debut Paanch (made way back in 2003), is yet to see the light of the day and hasn't released till date.

Bandit Queen: This movie, released on 9th September, 1994, is based on the troubled and shocking life of Phoolan Devi. It narrated the story of the infamous Indian dacoit turned politician and the hardships and humiliation that she had to go through. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas in the lead role. The film was marred with controversies due to a nude shot by Biswas, expletives and graphic violence and sex scenes and thus was banned by the censor board. What added fuel to the fire was that Phoolan herself objected to the content of the film.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram: The film had all the ingredients for being controversial. The first lingering onscreen kiss featuring Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman, plus lots of erotic sensuality, which is considered bold even in today's times, plus a scantily dressed Zeenat Aman who left nothing to our imagination and also a love making scene! This Raj Kapoor directorial venture had caused quite a stir at the time of its release on 22nd March, 1978.

Chetna (1970): This movie was about a prostitute and how her life gets changed (or does it really change) when a man offers to marry her. The movie, despite being a box-office success, was shunned by the audience and critics. A particular scene in the film had its lead actress Rehana Sultan nude till the torso with her hair covering her bare chest. The audience wasn't ready for that or the love making scene that followed and Sultan's image was tarnished forever.

Sins (2005): This was a Vinod Pande movie, based on a torrid affair between a Catholic priest and a married woman. It featured nude shots and never-seen-before love making scenes. This film not only angered the Christian community but caused a lot of ruckus and protests leading to it being banned. It starred Shiney Ahuja and Seema Rahmani.

Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980): This B.R. Chopra venture was probably the first Bollywood film to address the issue of rape. This film has Zeenat Aman's most underrated performance backed by a solid storyline; so what if it was inspired by the Hollywood film Lipstick. Insaaf Ka Tarazu is also one of the rare women centric films of its times. The most controversial part of the movie was the rape scene of Aman, and later in the film the rapist (Raj Babbar) also rapes her 13-year-old sister (Padmini Kolhapure). It had caused a huge debate among moviegoers at that time. We never hated Babbar so much for his terrifying portrayal of the man who wrongs two women. Till date both rape scenes send shudders down our spines.

Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985): This Raj Kapoor directorial venture had Mandakini wearing a white sari sans a blouse taking a shower underneath a waterfall that revealed her assets, and also a breast feeding scene and not to forget a love making scene. These three scenes were enough to cause up a nationwide stir. This film is considered bold till date thanks to these scenes.

Fire (1996): Starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, Deepa Mehta's Fire was a first of its kind and way too bold and explosive for its time. The film was about a lesbian relationship between two sisters-in-law. It was passed uncut by the Central Board of Film Certification with an A rating, the only condition being that the character of Sita be renamed as Nita. However, no one was prepared for the strong opposition that the film would face in the days to come. Following a massive nation-wide ruckus and political intervention, the film was referred back to the Censor Board for a re-examination. Fire was re-released without cuts by the Censor Board on 12th February, 1999. Theater screenings were resumed on 26th February and continued without any hassles.

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