Citing Various Reasons, These 11 Indian Movies Have Been Banned In Different Countries Abroad

Indian films have a huge fan base. In order to reach fans living in various parts of the world, filmmakers often release their films internationally. But sometimes things go south.

These films do not always receive a warm response from film certification commissions in different countries. Often, due to the law and sentiments of the country, overseas censorship boards ban the release of certain Indian films.

Here are 11 such films that have been removed by overseas film certification boards and therefore banned in some countries.

Vivek Agnihotri’s film centering on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley has garnered mixed reviews. The film was banned by the Singapore censorship authority. In response to questions from the media, the Singapore government declined classification for its “provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims”.
Source: Koimoi

2. Bell Bottom (2021)

Akshay Kumar starring The lower end of the bell was inspired by actual hijacking events that took place in the 1980s. The film was released overseas, except in the three Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar – for allegedly “altering historical facts”.
The lower end of the bell
Source: IMDb

3. Kurup (2021)

The Malayalam crime thriller has Dulquer Salmaan, Sobhita Dhulipala and even Manoj Bajpayee. The film was banned in Kuwait for showing a criminal trying to flee from police in India and seeking refuge in Kuwait.
Kurup by Dulquer Salmaan
Source: Kerala 9

4. Padmaavat (2018)

Padmaavat has been embroiled in many controversies. From the movie’s renaming to the actors receiving death threats, the film faced it all. Even though the film turned out to be a success, it was banned in Malaysia due to concerns about “Muslim sensitivities”.
Deepika Padukone in Padmaavat
Source: Now Toronto

5. Padman (2018)

Padman received a positive response for raising awareness about menstruation and menstrual hygiene. Surprisingly, the film was banned in Kuwait and Pakistan for its depiction of a subject which is still considered taboo.
Padman by Akshay Kumar
Source: Dawn Images

6. Neerja (2016)

neerja won numerous awards in the country. However, the film was banned in Pakistan, allegedly for showing the country in a bad light. The film successfully ran in other foreign countries.
Sonam Kapoor in Neerja
Source: Falling in love with Bollywood

7. Baby (2015)

The spy thriller had Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu in captivating roles. The film was banned from overseas release in Pakistan for allegedly portraying Muslims in a negative light.
Baby was banned in Pakistan
Source: IMDb

8. Raanjhana (2013)

The story of Kundan, Zoya and Akram has found many takers. However, the film was banned in Pakistan for its “controversial theme”.
Source: IMDb

9. OMG – Oh my God! (2012)

A thought-provoking film that shed light on an issue like religion was to end up in the mud. Despite its success in India, the film was banned in the United Arab Emirates for its religious content deemed “too sensitive”.
OMG - Oh my God
Source: IMDb

10. The Dirty Picture (2011)

Vidya Balan’s portrayal of Silk Smitha was one of her phenomenal performances. The film turned out to be a super blockbuster. The film was released abroad except in Qatar.
The dirty picture
Source: News 18

11.Fiza (2000)

In the context of the Bombay riots in 1993, fiza was banned in Malaysia for its depiction of a Muslim character.
Fiza with Hrithik Roshan
Source: Cinestaan

Despite these bans, the success of these films was not hindered.

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