Nothing is actually controversial in the world.
It's our perception, and point of view that makes things look controversial. We are used to living in a certain way, and if something happens that doesn't fit the bill, we call it controversial.
Let us not forget, everything is controversial until it becomes the norm.
So, today you are going to read about sixteen Bollywood movies that picked up a subject, a different subject to be precise, that people usually avoid talking about, or rather they talk about it in hush-hush tones. And that's what makes these movies talk-of-the-town.
These bold and beautiful Bollywood movies are a must watch, if you are a real cinema lover. But if you have already watched them, let's talk about them, let's relive them. By 'real cinema lover' I mean those who love watching movies on 'real topics' and not Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, Tamboo Mein Bamboo, Aag Ka Gola and Ajooba.
You get what I am saying?
Scroll down to find out whether these movies are really, really controversial? Or is it that these movies have shown us the mirror. Find out for yourself.
Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider is the story of a literature student turned terrorist, armed with guns and anti-India slogans. Set in the beautiful valley of Kashmir, this movie shows how the common man of Kashmir is strangled between two warring nations. Both India and Pakistan are executing their subtle and overt tactics in Kashmir, and who is the eventual sufferer? The common man of Kashmir. This is the story of one such common man- 'Haider'. Kashmir is all about bloodshed, and this movie tries to understand a Kashmiri's point of view. Bound to make it controversial.
Madras Cafe is based on the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. The movie portrays the events leading to the assassination, and the LTTE Tamil vs Lankan Civil War in Sri Lanka. The movie was strongly opposed by the Tamils in India, and this mired it into terrible controversy.
Everyone has right to love. Right? Because this is the basic human need - to love and get loved. So if a woman is a widow living in an Ashram, does that make any difference? She needs love as much as everyone else. This movie takes up the issue of widow remarriage in a bold and brazen way. However, this irked Hindu fundamentalists and they protested until the movie was taken down from the theaters. Wow, what a victory!
This movie treats the issue of premarital pregnancy. This topic is still a taboo in India but the Director, K. S. Sethumadhavan had taken a bold stance. This may be a stigma in India, but in western countries, this is a norm. Just a matter of time, when it will become a norm in India too.
This is one of the finest movies directed by Anurag Kashyap. The dialogues, the visuals, the moaning, the story - everything is chiselled to perfection. But more than the moaning, it's Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpayee who worked wonders, and the movie turned out to be a blockbuster.
The moaning, yes, too much moaning, made the movie controversial among other things like swear words and violence.
Nishabd is a movie inspired by the Russian novel, Lolita. Here, an old man falls in love with a young woman. The woman is head-over-heels in love with the man, and she does all the seducing.
So what's bad in that? Anybody can fall in love with anyone. It's perfectly OK. We are all humans and age is just a number.
What happens when a woman decides to break rules? It sounds cool to me. That's how society is going to evolve - with the freedom and liberation of women. Let women do what they are doing - none of our business. So when Vidya Balan perfectly played southern sensation, Silk Smitha's, life with low cut blouses, smouldering expressions and seductive smiles in a curvaceous body - all hell broke loose.
But someone has to break the glass ceiling, and Silk Smitha was bold enough.
And this had irked the traditionalists.
This movie got into controversy for the presence of Pakistani Artists. The anger was there because of the Uri Terrorist attacks at the time and a section of society wanted them to go back to their country. But Karan Johar did not give up. The movie was ultimately released and became a hit, loved by the audiences and critics alike.
Artists are not responsible for what the government is doing.
Just wondering what do I write about this movie!
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One of the Gulzar's best works - this movie revolves around the life of Indira Gandhi.
And that was the reason it was instantly banned. It remained banned during the Emergency Era, and released only when the Janta Party came to power. It featured career-defining performances from Sumitra Sen, and the prodigal Sanjeev Kapoor. Make sure you see this one if you haven't.
When the first poster came out, where Aamir Khan was covering his bare essentials with a transistor, a section of society didn't like that. At that time, Aamir Khan was already on the target list of fundamentalists, who brought charges of sedition against Khan. They felt insulted and accused him of blasphemous crimes followed by lawsuits, burning effigies, and impending threats of assault.
But all these things made PK a super-duper hit.
The movie became controversial for the topic it picked up - Reservations. This sensitive topic has been the bone of contention since it has come into existence in India through the constitution. Some people said the movie is spreading communist propaganda. Whatever!
The movie was banned in three states. But seriously, does it deserve to be banned?
Ok, so why should one wear lipstick under burkha? Just take out your burkha and wear it. That's how it should be. Makes sense? The CBFC banned the film, deeming it too 'lady oriented' in content and being laced with sexual scenes and abusive language. So what? The world is already 'lady oriented'.
The movie, based on the 1993 serial blasts, was banned for two years, for a reason, it could affect the court's decision on the Mumbai Blasts. But after a long judicial fight, the movie was released and became an instant hit. The brilliant camera work and the intricate setting of the plot made the movie an amazing feat. Hats off to Anurag Kashyap.
What happens when men torture women, beat them and suppress them at the drop of a hat? Then they might develop a dislike for men, and probably inch closer towards women. Is it when lesbian things happen? This could be one of the reasons.
The fire was one of the first Bollywood films to show homosexual relations explicitly. Initially, it was passed uncut by India's censor board with a rating of 'Adult'. But later, theatres got vandalised, and it was taken down, again sent to the Censor Board, to be released again with cuts.
Undoubtedly, the most controversial movie ever made in India. Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, the gangster from Chambal ravines, this movie shows her rise from the bottom rung to the top rung, through her chosen illicit profession by purely violent, revengeful means. What made the movie controversial were extreme nudity, cuss words and rape scenes, involving the actress Seema Biswas. The movie was released with almost half the cuts. Still, people liked it. Just imagine what had happened if it was released with no cuts.
So, dear readers, do you think these movies are controversial? Or they talk about genuine, authentic topics? If you think deeply, there's nothing controversial about them. These movies are the plain simple truth!
Thanks for reading.