15. Firaaq (2008)
Firaaq is a political thriller anthology film set in the times after the Gujarat riots in 2002. The film revolves around its effects on the lives of ordinary people. Unsurprisingly, the film was banned in Gujarat multiplexes refused to screen the film. The film has an ensemble star cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nassar, Paresh Rawal, Sanjay Suri, Raghubir Yadav, Shahana Goswami, and Tisca Chopra. The film won many awards but it was never released in Gujarat.
16. Gandu (2010)
Gandu is a Bengali drama film in black and white. The film generated a lot of controversy because of offensive language, a lot of nudity and sex scenes. As we can expect, the film made it to the list of banned Indian movies. The film was shown at many international film awards and won many awards.
17. Chatrak (2011)
Another Bengali movie in the list of banned Indian movies. Chatrak (Mushroom in English) is a drama film starring Paoli Dam and Anubrata Basu. Paoli performed a nude scene for the film. At the time of signing the film, she was not even aware that there is a nude scene in the script but later she agreed to go nude. The film caused a lot of outrage in India especially in Bengal to the explicit sex scene. The film was later screened at Kolkata film festival without sex scenes.
18. Unfreedom (2015)
Unfreedom is a drama and romance film starring Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain. and Preeti Gupta. The film was refused certificate was by the censor board due to nudity and lesbian relationships in the film. Director Raj Amit Kumar appealed again and the revising committee proposed cuts in the film. He refused and appealed to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In response to his appeal, The film was completely banned regardless of cuts.
19. Mohalla Assi (2016)
Mohalla Assi is a satirical drama film starring Sunny Deol in the lead role. The film is loosely based on the Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi by Dr. Kashi Nath Singh’s. The film takes a satirical approach to the commercialization of the Varanasi city. As a result, the film was banned by the censor board due to the use of offensive language and derogatory references to Hindu gods. The film is still struggling to find a release date but its preview copy was leaked online.
20. Kissa Kursi Ka (1978)
Kissa Kursi Ka has to be one of the most controversial films in this list of banned Indian movies. It was basically a satirical and humorous take on the political career of Indira Gandhi. Unsurprisingly, the movie was banned by the Indian government, who also confiscated all the prints. Sanjay Gandhi even went on to burn the negatives of the film. However, director Amrit Nahata remade the film and released it in 1978 when the Indira Gandhi government was no more in power.
If you know of any other banned Indian movies, please let us know in the comments section.