It is no secret that Bollywood has a massive following in overseas markets too. Bollywood is very popular and in some countries, Bollywood movies are even more popular than Hollywood movies. Bollywood stars like Hritik Roshan, SRK and Aamir Khan enjoy popularity and fan following which surpass even that of Hollywood stars.
India’s censor board is notorious for making controversies whenever movies depict adult content or other controversial subjects. It often forces the creators of the film to either cut some scenes or altogether bans it. The following are some of the films which released more or less smoothly in India but were banned in a foreign country.
#1 Oh My God
Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar are in lead roles in the film Oh My God that is based on how a man sues God for his shop damage and goes against all the priests and Godmen. This film faced many problems on its release and was even banned in many middle-east countries of Asia on account of hurting their religious sentiments.
The Dirty Picture
The main cast of the film includes several big names such as Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor, and Emraan Hashmi. The film is loosely based on the life of Silk Smitha who is a known actress in South movies. The film was banned in Kuwait on account of showing too much skin and for being too sexual.
The film starring Imraan Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur in lead roles was banned in Nepal for Excessive use of swearing and a number of other issues that include abusive words and songs. Akshay Kumar starring Chandni Chowk To China was also banned by Nepal earlier on account of hurting the feelings of the Nepalese community.
This movie was directed by Mani Ratnam. It was one of the most controversial movies at the time of its release as the movie focuses on the love story of a Muslim girl and Hindu boy along with the wrath of communal riots. Many violent incidents occurred when it was released. This film was banned, for igniting religious tensions, in Singapore.
Fiza is a movie about terrorist life starring Karishma Kapoor in the title role while Hritik was playing her terrorist brother. The movie caused many controversies in several places and for this reason, the movie was even banned in Malaysia. The Malaysian government banned the movie saying a Muslim cannot be a terrorist.
The film starring Akshay Kumar is inspired by true events about sanitary napkins and periods. Pakistan’s Federal Censor Board banned this movie stating that they will not import films that go against their traditions and culture.
Agent Vinod is a movie about an Indian Spy who solves cases, a plot very similar to James Bond. It may be that you never heard of this film before because it was a massive flop on the box-office. The film showed high Pakistani officials in alliance with the Taliban and thus suffered the ban in Pakistan.
Baby is one of the good patriotic movies about Indian spy agency and their mission to stop terrorism. The film was banned by the Pakistani censor board because they alleged that the film represented Pakistan in a bad light and all Muslims as terrorists.
Tere Bin Laden
The film was made as a comic take on Osama Bin Laden and even cast a Pakistani actor Ali Zafar but unfortunately, the film was never released in Pakistan because the Pakistani board dreaded that it can result in triggering terrorist attacks.
The film starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif never saw the light of the day in Pakistan. According to some reports, the cause of the ban was that Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed had found that he had been portrayed in a negative light.
The movie was made as a satire on the life of two suicide bombers. But somehow Pakistan found it offensive and hence banned it.
Udta Punjab focused on drug abuse in the territory of Punjab. The film starring Shahid Kapoor faced many problems even in India. But it was banned in Pakistan reportedly on the basis of too much abusive language.
The movie starring Sonam Kapoor was based on a real-life event. The movie revolves around the fact of the hijack of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986. It was reportedly banned in Pakistan because it represented the country in a bad light.
Raanjhana is a love story of Hindy Boy and a Muslim girl. The film performed well in India but faced controversy in Pakistan because it showed a Muslim girl falling in love twice with Hindu boys.
Dishoom is a spy comedy that features John Abraham and Varun Dhawan as a cop. The film was banned in Pakistan. This might have something with the film depicting the kidnapping of an Indian cricketer only 36 hours before the finals between Pakistan and India.