NSFW Alert: 7 controversial films you should or shouldn't watch!

Sins Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 28, 2018, 12.55 PM (IST)

After several months of violence, drama and chaos caused by fringe groups, namely Karni Sena, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" has finally hit the theatres and raking in moolah. It has been estimated that almost a million viewers were recorded on the first day of the film hitting the screens on January 25, 2018. 

While all seems to be going well for the makers of "Padmaavat", there were others like the film that either got shelved, banned or was denied a certificate without major cuts in the storyline.

These are some movies you would like to go through if you have a thing or two about controversies:

1. Sins

A 2005 release, "Sins" is based on a news story that surfaced in 1988 about a Kerala priest sentenced to death on sexual harassment and murder charges. 

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The film is about the unconventional love cum passionate affair of a young girl with an older priest which hit the controversy meter owing to its countless topless scenes. It got an 'A' certificate from the CBFC and the Catholic Secular Forum filed a public interest litigation to stall its release as they protested that the film had a negative portrayal of Catholicism. The court, however, cleared the film.

 2. Ek Chhotisi Love Story

"Ek Chotisi Love Story" or "One Small Love Story" in English is a 2002 Indian romantic film that created a furore when stellar actress Manisha Koirala was seen romancing a 15-year-old. 

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The film follows the story of a teenage boy who falls in love with his neighbour without her knowledge and starts behaving like a sexual predator, watching her every move closely. The film earned the actress a bad name in public as it showed porn-like scenes -- love-making and bathroom masturbation scenes, never seen before. 

Apart from creating a public outcry, there was more controversy when Manisha herself asked for a court order to stay the release of the film pending deletion of some shots she found objectionable as she said that she was impersonated by someone else.

3. Parzania

A 2007 release, Parzania made waves as it was based on a story born of the controversial Gujarat communal riots. The film is inspired by the true story of a ten-year-old Parsi boy, Azhar Mody, played in the film as Parzaan Pithawala in the film, who disappeared after the 28 February 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre during which 69 people were killed -- which was one of many events in the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002.

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It did not release in the state of Gujarat as the cinema owners refused to screen the film, fearing a backlash. 

4. Aastha

Aastha: In the Pison of Sring is a 1997 film that is known for its explicit scenes, something Bollywood had never anticipated or seen before. 

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Portraying a married woman who turns a prostitute, Rekha was criticised by the audience. In an interview, she was quoted: "After 'Aastha: In the Prison of Spring' people had a lot to say about my role of a wife who moonlights as a prostitute. I don't have problems playing anything. I've reached a stage where I could do justice to any role that came my way. It could be the role of a mother, a sister-in-law; negative, positive, sensational or anything."

5. Fire

The Elements trilogy is a trilogy of films by Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta, dealing with controversial issues of social reform on the Indian subcontinent. Fire, the first release in 1996, dealt with issues of arranged marriage and homosexuality in the patriarchal culture of India. 

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The film attracted hostility from some people in the Hindu community who objected to her depiction of Hindu culture and subsequently organised attacks on cinemas that were screening the film. 

6. Water

The second part of the Elements trilogy, Water faced even more threat when fringe groups did not let shooting of the film to start. Close to 2000 protestors landed at the supposed set at the ghats, destroyed the main film set, burning and throwing it into the Ganges in protest of the film's subject matter. 

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The director had to then shift the movie to Sri Lanka and make the film with a new cast and fake title -- River Moon in 2003. 

7. Black Friday

Black Friday is a 2004 film based on Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, a book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. 

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The film was so controversial that the CBFC did not allow it to be released in India for three years and was finally released on 9 February 2007. This after the Supreme Court allowed it following the verdict in the '93 Bombay blast case was delivered by TADA court.