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The List of Banned Films in India (2000-2014)

India is a nation of diversity and cultural and religious unity. The Government of India doesn't favour any art forms to violate it. Here is the list of banned films in India, This list includes titles that were refused a rating by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) initially or permanently during the years 2000 and 2014. The list also includes films whose release or production was or are blocked by the central or a state government, or by a legal institution.




Year : 2001
Director : Anurag Kashyap
Mentioned Reason : banned for glorifing drugs, sex and violence, later certified with cuts but went unreleased
Year : 2003
Director : Ammtoje Mann
Mentioned Reason : set against the backdrop to the 1984 Sikh genocide, is banned in the Indian states of Delhi, J&K, Haryana and Punjab
The Pink Mirror
Year : 2004
Director : Sridhar Rangayan
Mentioned Reason : denied a rating for its homosexual content.
Hava Aney Dey
Year : 2004
Director : Partho Sen-Gupta
Mentioned Reason : was not approved by the Censor Board because the director didn't accept the suggested 21 cuts.
Black Friday
Year : 2005
Director : Anurag Kashyap
Mentioned Reason : movie was based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. The released was blocked until the verdict of the lawsuit by the Bombay High Court on the petition of the under-trials.


Year : 2005
Director : Shonali Bose
Mentioned Reason : movie was based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The film faced problems with the censor board in India, which cleared it only with 6 politically motivated cuts, and with an "A" certificate. Since — according to Indian law — this made the movie ineligible to be telecast on Indian television, the producers later reapplied for a UA censor certificate.


Year : 2005
Director : Deepa Metha
Mentioned Reason : The movie faced opposition during its shooting from hardline Hindu organizations in Varanasi. The sets were destroyed.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Year : 2011
Director : David Fincher
Mentioned Reason : banned for its adult scenes of rape and torture. The Central Board of Film Certification demanded that these scenes be cut, which the director David Fincher refused to do.
Main Hoon Rajinikanth
Year : 2014
Director : Faisal Saif
Mentioned Reason : Notable south Indian actor Rajinikanth moved the Madras High Court to stop the release of this film stating that it violated his personality rights. A stay was granted, and the makers of the movie were directed not use superstar's name, image or likeness
Kaum De Heere
Year : 2014
Director : Ravinder Ravi
Mentioned Reason : banned by the central government after the Intelligence Bureau had warned that the film may cause communal tensions. The film glorified the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.