Though India is duly obsessed with Bollywood, one cannot forget that there is a thriving space for regional cinema in this country as well, which comes up with many unknown gems. But just like Bollywood, regional cinema is not immune to censorship troubles as well. In fact, explicit content and legal battle with censor board is one thing which makes sure that regional films make it to national headlines. Here are 6 regional films that ran into trouble and made headlines due to their explicit and controversial content.
It’s a given that a movie titled ‘Gandu’ would not be a family entertainer, however, India was not ready for the explicit content that the Bengali film made by director ‘Q’ put on screen. Though the movie garnered rave reviews in the festival circuit, it made a lot Indians uncomfortable.
This was one Marathi movie that made headlines recently. Based on the lives of women who work as nude models for artists ran into trouble with Information and Broadcasting ministry and was taken down from Indian International Film Festival.
The sex clip of this Bengali film went viral due to explicit sexuality. Actress Paoli Dam was duly shamed for a scene that showcased oral sex. The issue went so massive that even national media went on to host debates to discuss the film.
The Malayalam movie by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan was slammed for the controversial title that could hurt religious sentiments. The makers of the movie finally decided to change the name to S Durga to ensure that the movie could see the light of the day.
This Tamil movie made to national headlines as it dealt with the sensitive issue of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and Sri Lankan civil war. Although the movie was made in 1991, it was finally released in 2007 after a long legal battle.
Kaum De Heere
This Punjabi film is still banned in India as of today. Directed by Ravinder Ravi revolves around the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The film seemed to glorify Beant Singh,
Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, the ones who murdered Indira Gandhi and thus was banned from releasing in the fear of causing disruption of law and order in the country.