India is the country of the broadest of cultural and regional diversity. And this diversity was achieved by it's open-armed, welcoming nature and acceptance of most. Still such a nation, where they built a temple to celebrate sexual love, has a Censor Board that doesn't let even minutely sensitive topics to be expressed as cinematics.
Some of the movies of Indian origin and few, critically acclaimed too, that have been banned by the board for different reasons.
Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, it was banned for explicit content, vulgar and strong language back in 1994. Even Phoolan Devi herself is said to have criticised it for not being honest though.
Back then, talking about s*x was a taboo and Deepa Mehta went forward to portray lesbian relationship and post marriage. Both actresses received death threats too.
They called the movie 'explicit,' 'unethical' and 'inappropriate' in the country whose culture gave us the concept. It doesn't make much sense.
The story takes two transsexuals and a gay boy going out to seduce a straight man. Just this sentence is controversial enough in India of 2003 leave alone the movie.
Based on the Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in 1997, containing hands-on violence, harsh language, and drugs. Good enough recipe to be banned.
The movie was based on the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast. It was not exactly banned, but a stay was put on release until the court proceedings were complete by the Bombay High Court. And it introduced Indian Ocean in the film industry with really dark and to the point music.
Partial ban for viewing in Gujrat, this movie revolved around Azhar, a little boy, during communal riots in Gujrat.
Following the life of a priest, who gets physically involved with a woman and also in love. It supposedly hurt Catholic sentiments and censor board found enough nudity to ban it.
Deepa Mehta seems to be the favourite target of the Board, another movie that was taken down, depicting the life of a widow, dark and deep.