7 movies banned by the Indian Censor Board that you can watch onlineAugust 5, 2022
The purpose of films has always been conflicted: do they mirror the reality of our times or present an alternative world? The Indian films banned by the Indian censor board or the state governments dared to speak the truth. Some of them were banned for perpetuity but others were later released on OTT. Some had spoken to the political powers of the time and others showcased socio-political issues. If you’re in the mood for some gritty, relatable content, we’ve got just the right list of films that earned the ire of the censor board.
7 controversial movies banned by the Indian Censor Board you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and more
1. Black Friday — Netflix
The Bombay riots of 1993 saw unprecedented violence directed against Hindu and Muslim communities. But what preceded it? Based on a book by S. Hussain Zaidi, we get to know the inner workings of the planning for the Bombay blasts that were viewed as revenge for all the killings.
2. Paanch — MUBI
The debut film by Anurag Kashyap, dealt with a group of five friends who are broke and drug addicted. For the intense perspective on what happens when youth is wasted and the harmful repercussions of it.
3. Lipstick Under My Burkha — Amazon Prime Video
The movie was met with more than six dozen cuts by the Indian Censor Board for its portrayal of female desire which it put front and centre. We look at four female characters, across age groups and married statuses, who pursue their female desire without holding back.
4. Bandit Queen — Amazon Prime Video
Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, who faced sexual abuse at the hands of upper caste men, she turned into a bandit and ruled the valleys of Chambal, followed by seeking revenge on those men and becoming a member of parliament.
5. Fire — YouTube
What happens when two women come together after their respective husbands have cheated on them? In this widely controversial film, we see how two women, one of them being Nandita Das, bond over this common grouse that they have with their husbands.
6. Firaaq — JioCinema
Based on the aftermath of the deadly 2002 riots, we trace the aftereffects of the riots in the lives of an old music teacher, workers, labourers, an orphan and a married woman with her own ghosts. We understand the human cost of riots and how there are no winners at the end of it. The film couldn’t be released in Gujarat due to fierce opposition from the state government.
7. Gandu — Netflix
A woman’s sex tape gets leaked where she’s having a threesome. Everywhere she goes, she can see people judging her, including a taxi driver. However, the taxi driver becomes the trigger point as she kidnaps him and puts him in a cage. A true mind-boggling fest of epic proportions — this will stay with you for days.