Seven Times Political Parties Were Party Poopers With Regard To Movies

Any publicity is good publicity, they say. For the makers of Mersal, though the GST issue caused a lot of trouble, it eventually helped the movie. A Vijay film is hyped anyway and the controversy around the GST scene got everyone to support the actor. But this is not the first time politicians have had issues with movies. Check out which other films had to suffer due to the unnecessary interference by political parties.

1. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) wanted this film banned from the state as it featured Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan. They finally came around after Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s director Karan Johar promised to donate money to the armed forces.

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2. Udta Punjab

If the makers had agreed to the Censor Board, they would have to cut the runtime by half. After a lot of arguments and mudslinging, Udta Punjab was cleared by the statutory body. The film was leaked online and Anurag Kashyap suspected some foul play by Pahlaj Nihalani.

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3. Love Aaj Kal

In a scene Love Aaj Kal, the actor is seen wooing the heroine in a Gurudwara. The Punjab Cultural and Heritage Board objected to this and also to the way Saif Ali Khan’s character wore the turban in the movie.

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4. Kurbaan

Since the residents of certain localities in Mumbai complained about the Kurbaan poster which featured Kareena Kapoor’s bare back, the Shiv Sena decided to tear them down. They later demanded the removal of the scene from the film.

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5. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Initially titled Ram-Leela, the film apparently hurt the sentiments of certain Hindu groups. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had to give in to their demands and change the name of this Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer to Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

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6. Billu

Irrfan Khan’s character is a barber in this 2009 drama and hence it was titled Billu Barber. The Salon and Hairdressers Union took offense to this and the film was later called Billu.

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7. Angry Indian Goddesses

After asking for around 18 cuts, the CBFC also wanted the word ‘bed’ to be removed from the trailer. Since the movie was given an A certificate, the makers released a video titled All the Dirty Things the Censors Don’t Want You to See.

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