Ten most controversial films

With 'Jism 2' topping the recent controversy chart, here's a look at films which created public outrage

Bollywood is no stranger to controversies and the latest film to milk profits is porn star Sunny Leone's Jism 2. From PIL to effiges burnt, the film has garnered enough heat to keep it burning, even before the release. There is no doubt about the fact that controversies have given the added push to a film's cause but at times, they do almost nothing for its future. While some controversies were merely publicity stunts, others attracted public outrage because of the films' explicit content. Here's a look at the ten most controversial films of all time.


A still from 'Chetna'Chetna (1970): Way before 'Dirty Picture' paid tribute to a woman's sexuality; this film had the courage to show a hard-drinking, hard-talking prostitute who didn't have a tragic story as a premise. The bold scenes didn't go down to well with the audience at that time and in an interview years later, 'Chetna' actress Rehana Sultan revealed that the film permanently damaged her image and career.

Aandhi (1975): Directed by Gulzar, this film was banned by Indira Gandhi during the emergency as it was rumoured to be loosely based on her life. But Suchitra Sen's Indira Gandhi-sque pace (one hand on her saree pleats and another waving at the people), white hair-strands with oversized shades had too much in common with the Iron lady of India. Unhappy with the ban, the makers of the film added a scene where Aarti tells her father that Indira Gandhi is her idol and she too wants to serve the country like her. This was done to imply that film does not depict her life. After Congress lost in the 1977 elections, the ruling Janata party cleared it and 'Aandhi' premiered on national television.

Insaaf ka Tarazu (1980):  This B.R Chopra remake of 1970s movie 'Lipstick' was a box office hit. The film created a huge controversy over the horrific rape scene of a 13-year old, played by Padmini Kolhapure. Naturally, the film got enough publicity and was released in a single hall as the director didn't want the effect to get diluted.

Fire (1996): Deepa Mehta's film on lesbianism opened to outrage, protests and lots of controversy. The film's protagonists played deftly by Shabana Azmi and Nandita Basu are sisters-in-law who are trapped in emotionally bleak marriages and turn to each other for comfort, love and eventually, sex. The film didn't go down with the social conservatives in India as it invoked a lot of negative reactions even in film festivals.


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