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Bollywood Movies Other Than 'Padmaavat' That Faced Protests

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat faced immense criticism by the members of Karni Sena and some others in the society. The film had to face various challenges before it was finally released on 3000+ screens. There have been many such controversial issues that filmmakers have tried to cover in their films and people have also vehemently opposed the portrayal of such issues. And that is when huge controversies have ignited and protests have taken place before the release of various Bollywood films. The list might get really long but here are some of the most appreciated Bollywood films that had to face protests and hardships before they finally got released.

1. Padmaavat 

The film is undoubtedly an epic historical drama. It had to go through a lot of pressure and hatred from the Rajput Karni Sena but eventually, it released in January 2018. Although as many as 4 major states did not support Padmaavat's release, the film received a huge response from all the other states of the country.

2. OMG – Oh My God!

Charges of blasphemy were filed for the film and various protesters claimed that the film might hurt the religious sentiments of many people. The film faced anti-ritualistic attacks but later proved to be a major success at the box office. The second part of this film is also in talks. 

3. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

The film faced protests for its title and content in Indore, Rajkot and Jalandhar. Some members of an NGO even demanded that the title of the film should be changed. Later, the film got released with a different title and Deepika and Ranveer's pair was loved by all the fans. 

4. Udta Punjab 

This drug-themed Bollywood film raked a lot of controversies, the film had to go through a lot of legal battles and it also got leaked before its release. Due to violence and cases of injuries they were reported, the Punjab police decided to have police security at cinema halls and multiplexes. 

5. PK

This film starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma was tagged as anti-Hindu by the people of Bajrang Dal who vandalized theaters in Gujarat. The film did exceptionally well even after all the protests and controversies. 

6. Bajirao Mastani 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's second film with Deepika and Ranveer also faced protests and riots. A Pune based multiplex cancelled five shows of the film and 200 BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) protesters raised slogans against the film but it also turned out to be a huge success.  

7. Jodhaa Akbar

The Rajputs in Rajasthan blocked the screening of the film because they thought the film was playing with the historical facts and information. Despite all the hatred and controversies, this film is reported to be one of the best performances of Aishwarya and Hrithik. 

8. My Name Is Khan

This film was under protests and controversies not because of its content but because of a statement that Shah Rukh Khan made. The members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena staged massive protests nationwide. Innumerable workers of these groups were reported getting arrested. 

9. Madras Cafe 

The film faced protests in Chennai because the people felt that the film is striking the wrong cords. After much anticipation and controversies it finally got released and received much critical appreciation. 

10. Fire 

The film faced a lot of criticism and protests because it made homosexuality public. There were many communities who appealed the government to ban the film. Theaters were attacked and ransacked but the film came out as a true winner. That's all people. If you have something to add to the list, let us know in the comment section below. You can also write to me at muskan@wittyfeed.com.