Indian constitution ensures the right to express your views. Still, the society has drawn certain lines which should not be crossed. Indian culture, traditional values and heritage certain amount of decency in the act, talk, and behavior. When something comes against these guidelines put forth by the society, it will disturb the harmony.
Censor board has to take many painful decisions to protect the harmony prevailing in Indian society which ended in banning several international movies. Some of them were classic movies which have received many awards and applauses from the other hemisphere of the globe. Here are some such movies and reasons for banning those movies in India.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a psychological thriller released in 2011 and it was based on the novel written by Stieg Larsson in the same name. The movie depicts the investigation of a journalist (played by Daniel Craig) about a wealthy woman who disappeared in suspicious circumstances about forty years back.
This movie directed by David Fincher had to face many obstacles while making including the difficulty in getting an actress to play the female lead role. However, the movie was a great success around the world. According to the makers, the movie, which has been produced with a cost of $90 million collected about $232.6 just from the theatrical run. Besides, it received many critical applauses and awards too including Best Academy Award for Film Editing.
However, this Oscar Award-nominated film has not been shown in India as the director of the film, David Fincher was not ready for the cuts suggested by the Indian Film Censor Board. Censor Board suggested cuts for five love making scenes between the characters played by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (the female lead) and for one scene in which Rooney Mara is being raped by her legal guardian. Being a perfectionist, David Fincher informed his reluctance to make any changes in the movie and the producers agreed to it. Thus, this award-winning movie did not hit Indian screens.
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Robert De Niro is one of the most respected artists in Hollywood and Zac Efron is one of the American heartthrobs. Still the film “Dirty Grandpa” in which both of them appeared in the lead role had to receive severe criticisms from the critics across the world.
The movie is about a young lawyer (Played by Zac Efron) who got engaged to his boss’s daughter. Just days before marriage, his grandfather plays tricks on him and take him to Daytona Beach. There the dirty grandfather plays fouls by indulging in sexual activities, drunken fights etc. When the grandson is worried about the nearing date of his marriage, the old man shows him how to enjoy the life in a different way.
Although the critics across the world panned the movie, it was a hit at the box office and could collect over $99 Million. However, the Censor Board of India refused permission for the movie to be exhibited in India. The reason was the portrayal of the character of grandpa played by Robert De Niro. Censor Board was unanimous in taking a decision. Their opinion was that any Indian cannot even imagine a 70-year-old person to indulge in such dirty activities where elders are enjoying high respect in the society. According to them, the character played by Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons is a saint when compared to this character. Many board members expressed their surprise over Robert De Niro acting in such a movie.
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Male stripping may not be a new thing on the western side of the globe but it certainly something indigestible for the people in the East. Magic Mike XXL depicts the story of a former male stripper who joins his friends after three years in a stripper convention. Although the memories of Mike, the former stripper went well with the audience in America and Europe, it was not acceptable to the Indian Film Censor Board.
CBFC was reluctant to certify the movie stating that the theme of the film is not acceptable in Indian society. They also cited the presence of many obscure scenes in it. Then the producers went for a review by a 8 member committee in which 5 members agreed to certify the movie provided the makers agree to half a dozen cuts. The suggestion did not go well with the makers and thus Magic Mike XXL which collected about $122 million across the US and Europe kept away from Indian screens.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Blue Jasmine, probably one of the best from Woody Allen in the recent times is a black comedy-drama depicting the story of a rich socialite woman (played by Cate Blanchett) who had to undergo hard times and had to settle with her sister who is a working class woman (played by Sally Hawkins). The movie got applauses from critics and has been hailed as one of the best movies to be watched. It did not has obscene scenes or not used any vulgar language. Still, it has been banned in India.
In India, there is a rule that the films should show anti-tobacco advertisements before and during featuring any scenes related to tobacco consumption. However, the veteran director Woody Allen was not ready for any customizations in the movie. Thus, the censor board could grant permission for the movie and it did not hit the Indian screens.