Indian Censors Denied 256 Films in Last 10 years
During 2001 and 2011, a total 256 films have been denied certification by the Central Board of Film Certification. The information was obtained by Lucknow based RTI (Right to Information) activists Amitabh and Nutan Thakur.
As per the information, 78 Hindi films have been banned followed by 52 English films. Among South Indian films were 51 Tamil, 33 Kannada, 15 Telugu and 14 Malayalam films have been denied certification in this period while 5 Marathi films have been denied certificate.
The year 2006 scores high with 59 films were denied certification in that single year, followed by 33 films in 2002 and 31 in 2004. Only 9 films were denied certification in 2010.
In 2001, all the 19 films denied certificate were the English films.
Only one Bengali film (2011- Kaal Aaj Kaal) and 1 Gujarati film (2010- Hun Re Vijogan Tara Nam Ni) was banned during this entire period while 2 Bhojpuri (Garda Garda Ho jaaye, Mumbai Bam Visfot Kand) and 2 Haryanavi films (Jija Teen Taang Ka, Padosan Thanedar) in 2006 were also denied certificates.
Most of these films were denied certificate on grounds that ‘they had sexually implicit material’. They include films like Frivolous Lola (2001), Adamkhor Hasina, Qatil Shikari, Khooni Raat (2002), Aalingnam (Malayalam- 2002), Biwi Tumhari Bacche Hamare (2003), Yoga Teacher, Divya Teacher (Tamil- 2003), Aag Hai Ye badan (Hindi- 2004), Bhookh, Jo Andar Fit woh baahar bhi Hit (2005), Maa Ninello Naanalle (Kannada), Preethiya, Rambha (Kannada-2006), Husn Bewafa, Sanam Harjai (Hindi) 2006, Model (Kannada)- 2007, Mumbai Aamchich (Marathi- 2007), Master Eke Master (Marathi- 2008), Maadosha (kannada- 2008), Bedherencha Bayangaram (Telugu- 2008), Back to Honeymoon (Hindi- 2009), Thee, Naalai Namade(Tamil- 2009), Paribhavam (Malayalam), Hawaa, Mestru (kannada- 2009), Deva Leelai (Tamil), Panchavati (Kannada), Yaar, Kattupuli, Itumbu (Tamil) etc.
Other films include the horror film The Irreputable Truth about Demons (New Zealand), The Mexican, a 2001 American comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Another film banned was Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania (English, partly Gujarati- 2005), based on Gujarat riots.